The My Book Live unit was put through the standard single user NASPT testing that has been used in all our NAS reviews. Testbed setup and benchmarking methodology can be found here. NFS shares can be set up from the SSH shell. However, we restricted ourselves to shares (SMB) that could be configured over the web interface.

WD My Book Live 3 TB - SMB Performance

Even though WD claims up to 100 MBps read speeds in their marketing literature, we weren't able to hit it in our testing. Of course, this doesn't mean that WD's claims are erroneous (as our friends at SmallNetBuilder found out). All in all, the speeds are quite good for an entry level NAS unit, and more than respectable for a network attached hard disk.

Unboxing and Setup Impressions Western Digital's Personal Cloud Solution


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  • haukionkannel - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - link

    Yes it is illegal to copy youd dvd and blu-ray to hard disk... You are bypassing the copy protection and that is illegal..
    In any way it is possible to do it. And that is the reason why there is big disk like this... Am I delusionar or am I?

    But yeah, It would be nice to play your "own" vidoes etc from external hard disk instead of optical disk that are doomed to be worn out some day...
  • CoreyAR - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - link

    I believe that copying a DVD, BluRay, anything that you personally own and using it under the rights granted to you by owning the original disc is not is called fair use.

    However if you freely distribute the content then you are probably breaking the license that you obtained when you purchased the material and are then breaking the law.
  • akedia - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - link

    Copying it is fair use, but circumventing DRM to do so is illegal, so though you have the right to copy your own media for your own usage, you cannot legally do what would be required to do so in most cases. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - link

    What countries legal system are we talking about here? The legality of back up copies, circumvention of DRM etc. can differ widely from one country to another. :-) Reply
  • EJ257 - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - link

    Yes but if you are doing it purely for personal reason then there is no way the MPAA or RIAA would find out anyway. Sure it is technically illegal to circumvent the DRM on the disc but if your doing it behind closed doors (and windows) and you don't upload the rip to the web then who would know? Is your wife/gf going to report you? Are your friends who come over to watch that movie MPAA secret police? Reply
  • slick121 - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - link

    hehe good post!! Reply
  • iamezza - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - link

    Holy crap batman! 71C with an ambient temp of 25C this is utterly ridiculous for a hard drive to run this hot, there is no way it will last long term running so hot. Reply
  • dertechie - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - link

    That's after 4 hours of 300GB of simultaneous reads and writes, basically the HDD equivalent of Prime95. He never actually told us what it was running at under normal conditions (and since he didn't seem too concerned, I'm betting it's <50C). Come to think of it, the external 3TB drive they reviewed a while ago did that too under torture.

    You'll hit that temp for initial back up, and then never again.

    I'd buy one of these, but the concept of 2TB+ drives without redundancy scares the crap out of me.
  • ganeshts - Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - link

    With sporadic accesses, the hdd temperature hovers around 55 C. Not alarming, but worth a note. Reply
  • projektsun - Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - link

    Any chance of a peak inside? Any way to upgrade ram in this? ALSO... why not put a 7200RPM hd in this? Heat? Reply

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