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My Book - World Edition II - 2 TB

Storing your data to network made easy

Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 30.05.2010
Manufacturer: Western Digital
Product Group: Storage
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WD Anywhere

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After getting all the settings right, it's time to actually start using the My Book. For me atleast the main function of the network drive are backups. While one could just copy all the important files to the drive every now and then, using an automated backup program is way more convenient and removes the "whoops I forgot"-factor. There are plenty of choices for an automated backup program, but we only take a look at the supplied WD Anywhere.

My Book - World Edition II - 2 TB - Storing your data to network made easy

My Book - World Edition II - 2 TB - Storing your data to network made easy

Again for less experiences users there's a one-button backup for just about everything. This function backs up the default photos-, videos- and music folders as well as the e-mail folder. May be enough for some, but really I wouldn't trust the automated function to find all the folders I really want to back up.

 

My Book - World Edition II - 2 TB - Storing your data to network made easy

Luckily there's also a configurable option for manually choosing what to back up. On the first step one chooses what drive to use for the back ups. The same program can also be used for external hard drives, thumb drives and even an iPod Drive.

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My Book - World Edition II - 2 TB - Storing your data to network made easy

My Book - World Edition II - 2 TB - Storing your data to network made easy

Again there's the option for letting SmartPicks to choose what to back up, but this time there's also option for manually pointing the folders.

 

My Book - World Edition II - 2 TB - Storing your data to network made easy

And on the third step there's list of things to back up and also things to exclude from the list. Also a nice bar for showing how much space there's left on the drive and how much is needed with the current backup-settings.

 

My Book - World Edition II - 2 TB - Storing your data to network made easy

And that's it, just click next and the WD Anywhere starts copying all the important files to the network drive. Overall the Anywhere is very straight forward to use, but unfortunately they've cut a bit too many corners. For started you can't really choose how often you want to have the backups taken, and by default the program starts going through the files every time something changes and the computer idles even for the shortest period of time. This sure is the safest setting in terms of not losing any data, but I also think it's way too aggressive for most users. For example, given the choice, I'd have the backups taken once or twice a week.




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