Originally Posted by Brian18741
I'm about to hit he purchase button on one of these. I plan to use it solely for media storage so I can centrally store and access files from a Win 7 desktop and laptop, an iPad and 2 Android smart phones. Primarily I want to set it up as the destination folder for torrents and then choose which device to use them on.
It's says 100mb transfer speeds on the box, is that accurate? A lot of reviews mentioning slow transfer rates. Would you buy the same one again if you could go back? Anything you wish you knew about it before you bought it?
Yes i would buy the same one, likely a larger capacity if i had the choice again. Transfer speeds wise my drive likely averages about 60mb/s which for a networked drive is fast. If you can wait about 5 hours i will give you the long answer, when home.Long answer:
As i said yes i buy the drive again and in fact i would recommend it. Now you say you are looking to buy it solely for media storage for shared devices and the WD Live is designed with that purpose in mind, but is so much more than simply that. For example you can get the what is now called the "WD My Cloud
" app, which enables you to access the drive from anywhere at any time, on any device. So for example you can play audio or even video (depending on your connection speeds) on your mobile while away from home. The unit is very low with regards power consumption and is quiet during operation. As previously mentioned i get speeds of around 60mb/s which for networked storage is fast, okay it is not 100mb/s, that is just a theoretical maximum. Personally i found the speeds to be the fastest on Linux based OS and windows 8, though windows 7 was just fine after ensuring everything was up to date. Now you mention using the drive as a destination folder for torrents and you could do that, running a torrent client from a PC or even a mobile device, however, why run the client from another device when you could put a client directly on the drive? This saves power and means you have the ability to view and control the client from any device. Anyway, that is my long answer if you have any questions please ask away.Edited by HuwSharpe - 11/2/13 at 8:16am