WD (Western Digital) My Cloud Setup
Memory Storage Hard Drive that connects to
your home router by Ethernet and allows usage by Ethernet, by Wifi and
SETUP INFO - for My Cloud
Western Digital 2 TB
via home router system, wi fi, and via cellular?
standard files of most any type for computers
* Photos - worked well to my cell phone,
wifi from the router. Can scan them one at a time and move to next one
with your finger just like from the gallery.
* Videos - yes, works with my mp4 videos
on cell phone and pad. I would believe it works with other mp4 items and
other portable formats
Not online, so
this is not a server or something easily reached via internet. It can be
reached via Ethernet to router, wifi in your house, or cellular, but not
internet connection -at least for most of us normal humans.
* SPEED: Not as
fast on my computers as a direct setup. So I just use for files to be
shared and not nightly backup
* CAREFUL: I suggest reading directions
closely. I did not the first time, and did not notice that for setup,
one must download software from Western Digital on the internet and then
install and run it.
* MEMORY: If 2TB are not enough, some
models will do far more, plus they also have an expansion port on them
to plug in more USB normal memory
* SECURITY - Has some. Seems to ask for
a name and a complex 8 digit minimum password during setup, but not
later from same polling device (computer, cell phone, pad)
* OVERALL RATING - High, with
installation being the most difficult. Some others complained it was set
for DHCP, but so far no issues DHCP. I wanted to be able to map files to
drive names which I did not find convenient to understand how, but I do
now. Info below. Of course, with installation info below, if someone
does similar to me, the info below may help.
* NOT CHECKED OUT YET - Auto updates
* Plug your "My
Cloud" into power and then the Ethernet cable to an open router Ethernet
* Go to Western Digital Online and Download the
* Ensure that the My Cloud light in front has
turned blue - takes a minute or more
* Click the setup software to install
* Best to write down info that it gives
you such as the Mac Address and current IP address from your router, as
well as serial number
* One former customer review suggested
changing DHCP - dynamic IP changing to static and typing in the one you
want. I left it DHCP and have not had issues yet
FILE SHARING /
DRIVE LETTER - Computer on Same Router
* WINDOWS 10:
Get to "Run" by pressing windows key and "r" at same time
* WINDOWS XP: From Windows Button,
* Type in \\WdMyCloud
* Note Files come up
* Right click "Public" or whichever, and
choose map to drive, I chose W (deep in alphabet letter that likely will
not interfere with USB drives, and used it to stand for Western
* Note that drive letter assignments are by
computer, and hence can be different for each computer.
* With Drive Letter Assigned Works and
can move files with Ron's Filemanager2B (www.rpsoft2000.com in the
DEVICES, cell phones, pads
The method for
all portable hand helds seems similar, and they say that it can work for
iPhone, iPad, Android phones and pads. I did it on my android cell phone
(Samsung Galaxy 5) and android pad (Samsung SM-T700). The "Drill"
* Download the
WD My Cloud app from the ap store. I put in WD and found the application
* Install it, of course, and then run it
* Put in the same name and password as
one of the ones, main or alternates that you did when setting up the WD
* Select whether just home wifi or cellular
service as well. I just chose wifi for the moment.
* Seems to also allow automatic backup
of pictures or the like. I have not done that yet.
to My Cloud
* Plug said USB
expansion drive into the USB slot of My Cloud
* It immediately appeared on computer
and cell phone - as a separate drive
* Set a drive letter for your computer,
if you wish, same means as above. ("run", then "\\WDMyCloud", then right
click the My Cloud item and set the drive. I set the expansion drive to
"x" for expansion. It seemed to make sense.
METHOD - SETTING IT UP As DRIVE LETTERs
* Note: I did
this at first but then got rid of 4 drives and just setup the public
drive as drive "W". I would only use this if the \\WDMyCloud thing does
* Go to Western Digital and download WD Discovery
* Start the program
* Find WDMyCloud Network attached device
on the left and select it
* On right, things to do, Map Network
* I chose manual selection
* If I
had only clicked on public, I might have only the one added drive I
need. But I just said OK or whatnot and it loaded 4 drives, U,W,X,Y (I
was using V for Valerie's computer)
* So it loaded 4 drives on my computer,
but only U has something on it. I suspect it could use the other 3
drives for features I am not using yet
* Filemanager2b can now move files to
the My Cloud
SETTING UP USERS
and PERMITTED ACCESS
I found this odd
for a time. In this I assume "other users" to be people getting to your
My Cloud by cellular only, since setting up computers attached to the
router is explained above.
* I think it is
best to share the "Public" folder only, and not the other folders other
than their own they will be given.
* In addition to the above, I would not
think sharing the expansion drive attached to the USB of My Cloud since
you might want to reserve that space for private transfers between you
and other computers on the router.
* Using your main computer, begin the
icon for "Wd My Cloud Dashboard"
* Go to the "Shares" icon clicking it
that is above
* Go down each folder on the left, other than
"Public" and set "Public access" to off and perhaps also "Media Access"
to off. This will allow you to set it for each user with individual
permissions - at least for public access.
* Ensure that you do the same thing to
"Disk" or whatever your expanded attached USB drive to MY Cloud is
called - set "Public Access" to off.
* Now, go to users and setup other users
using their real email address as their name, but creating a unique
password for each of them
* When the users are setup, now you can
return to the "Shares" icon and below each folder you will see the
option of turning on permission or turning off permission for each
folder. Again I suggest only the Public folder for others, though each
will also be given a folder with their own name in case perhaps they
wish to send to you and only you
* Wait. It may take hours or even a day
for this information, users and permissions to get to Western Digital
such that a cellular user can get to it. If not setup yet, the users of
course cannot use it.
* Of course computers that also tie by
Ethernet to the same router can work immediately.
* When you seem certain that the users
are setup, you can send them an email telling them how to find the ap on
their phone and their name and password. For android cellular I went to
Google Play for ap downloads and entered "WD" and then immediately saw a
blue background below it with a white cloud that said ?My Cloud." - that
was the item.
Ronald J. Plachno
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