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75 May 23rd 2012 12:36 pm

The My Book Live includes most basic NAS functionality — such as the ability to operate as a media server, and provide access to local files over the internet — but forgoes features such as RAID and expandable storage to keep the price down. f you need the security of RAID, or want more granular configuration options, you'll want to look elsewhere. But if you just need to access your files from anywhere on your home network and the internet, don't have a router that will allow you to add NAS-like capabilities to any USB drive, and don't need more than 3TB of storage, the My Book Live is an affordable choice.

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CNET Oct 17, 2010

The Western Digital MyBook Live is a fast, plug-and-play, simple-to-use home NAS server that unfortunately lacks features and has a subpar remote-access solution.

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Macworld Mar 29, 2011

If you’ve got a fast Internet connection or Ethernet hook-up, the My Book Live is an inexpensive and attractive choice for anyone who doesn’t want to deal with the office-grade NAS devices meant for professional IT users.

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CNET UK Jan 24, 2011

If you're looking for a way to store media and access it when your PC is off, the My Book Live will do the job beautifully.

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iLounge Nov 3, 2011

It would be a far more viable accessory if it was capable of serving videos and music directly to iTunes and Apple TVs.

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Growmac Growmac

The drive is fantastic value for money, and suports Apple Time Machine. It's easy to install, and easy to set up multiple shares across both Windows and Mac. If comes with free apps for iOS to allow access to photos and to general file shares. Unfortunately it is punishingly, horribly show on a...

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Mcbeese Mcbeese

This NAS does what it's supposed to do, but it is painfully, painfully slow. It can take minutes of spinning rainbow in iTunes or spinning circle in the MAC OSX finder just to open a directory. AVOID this NAS. Get the equivalent USB drive and use your Mac or a PC App to provide the remote...

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JD123456 JD123456

Pretty slow to load up with media but after that no complaints. I'm using to store media for viewing with xbmc on a raspberry pi and it works great.

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hutchinson82 hutchinson82

Will not stream MKV files due to some software licensing issue. It can be hacked to work but you will need to buy a license for the newer software

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crawford crawford

So far, so good. Although I haven't really used many of its purported sharing features or iTunes server. It's really just a network storage drive for iTunes and my AppleTV. Advanced users will probably be less satisfied and should really spend the money on a more solid NAS product.

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