Western Digital ShareSpace 2TB - Screenshots

By Dave Mitchell

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

Appliance installation is helped along by the WD Discovery utility

The main web interface offers both basic and advanced modes for configuration

Disk arrays are easy to create and plenty of help is provided for choosing the right one

The Downloader feature isn't well documented but it provides some useful file retrieval tools

The package includes a decent backup utility and a trial of the full MioNet remote access service

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Value 8
  • Features 6

Craig Turner

January 13, 2009, 4:29 am

It certainly looks the part, not sure if I misread but is that metal or silver plastic? Oh and MioNet, are they OSX compatible? It reminds me when I bought a 1TB MyBook which obviously came with MioNet and not even did it have Vista support - this is something like 18 months back?





Any, performance results (as I don't know how'd they compare) aside I'm still happy to have bought a Drobo V2, my very own little black box! Nicely ticking away with 4x 1TB F1's.





It's pretty amazing to see how many are being produced by all the different companies nowadays with clearly many people seeking much more storage at home!

CM896

May 29, 2009, 7:56 am

The review states that the ShareSpace does not support UPnP media services yet the Western Digital website claims that it is UPnP certified for streaming multimedia.


"Stream digital media anywhere in your home - Built-in media server for streaming music, photos and movies to any DLNA certified multimedia device such as Playstation® 3, Xbox 360®, wireless digital picture frames, and connected audio receivers. DLNA 1.5 & UPnP certified." Can you please clarify what this actually means? On first read it sounds as though you can stream to UPnP devices but re-reading the statement it appears as though there is only support for streaming to DLNA devices.

dealaddict

November 12, 2010, 2:39 pm

Let me tell you all weaknesses as an owner that not easily seen from reviews:





1. On manual, it said you have to use WD hard disk, although I didn't try


2. Agent will tell you it is not design for disks with mix sizes. Although I got it work, but they won't garentee and I am on my own


3. You cannot expand by replacing disk one by one as supported by Netgear X-RAID or Drobo Beyond RAID. That means, if you have 4 disk and run out of space, then you need to copy your data somewhere, replace all 4 of them, then copy the data back. Imagine you have 3 TB of data, and the auto back up button not work.


4. Painfully slow


5. Awkard design that you have to take out the whole cover to change disk, instead of just flip open a door. So, it needs to be put in an open space


6. I have 4 external hard disk and the auto backup function only work on one of them, that means, I have to rely on the slow network interface


7. I have one of the disk failed after 9 months


8. Poor technical support agents who know nothing but read out the answer from the knowledge base


9. Firmware 2.2.9 completely screw up. And take them a long time to release a patch


10. Doesn't seem reliable. Read the WD community link and you can see other people's problem. (http://community.wdc.com/t5/WD...

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