The default behaviour of this device is to power on when connected to a power supply. This is annoying as the device will start up after a power failure instead of returning to a standby state. With HDMI CEC activated, this also causes my TV and Receiver to power on after a power failure.
Please change the default behaviour to standby when connected to power, or at least provide an option so we can disable auto power on.
I'll post this on the ideas page, but would be interesting to see how many others think this is a good idea (thus getting WD to think its a good idea).
Background. I've been using "Public" folder on my My Duo Live to share all my Home videos, Movies, Photos, Music etc... I've grown increasingly uncomfortable with this, as anyone who can gain access to my home network, can effectively delete all the information with no passwords required. Basically anonymous users have full write access in that share and there is no way to change it. This could be a guest with their teenage children which stays at our house, and uses the wifi network (which is passworded) and browses around the place and gets up to mischievous. Or it could be family members who make a mistake etc... Or it could be a virus on a laptop/PC which looks around the network for things to corrupt/destroy. Various scenarios could be used.
So, I've moved all our photos etc... to a private share. This works great, and my WD TV live supports this fine, as does WD 2go. The only thing which is an issue is the WD photo app as it only supports the public share. Other users have complained re this limitation. Does anyone know if WD is planning address as I would think its an easy enough problem to fix? As I'm unwilling to go back to using the public share, which basically makes this app useless.
I'm considered doing something with symlinks on the My Duo Live itself, but suspect this will cause other issues.
Note, I can really recommend the WD TV live, it really complements the WD my duo live, as it provides all the missing functionality around thumbnails/playlists etc...
What would make the wd 2go and my book live a truly great personal/small business cloud storage product are the following enhancements:
1. Merge the functionality of wd photos into wd 2go. You don't need two products.
2. Please show thumbnails for photo files.
3. Please provide "tv out" function support in wd 2go on iPad, iPhone. This will be fantastic to be able to stream to TV directly,
4. Provide support to play .mpg video files natively in iPad, iPhone and not to pass off to another app as in "open in" menu. This will bring a lot of the older videos into my book live cloud store, thereby increasing demand for storage, which is good for Western Digital's business.
5. Please provide support to email link to "folders" instead of just files (dropbox style). This will allow to be able to share whole albums. This should be done by providing link to an URL and not zipped file containers.
6. And lastly (for now), provide the same support on iPad, iPhone that exists on Android devices and wd photos on iPad, that is: expor/upload local device content to my book live.
If you have More than One drive/partition to backup, when you choose Catagory Backup, you should be able to Choose Any/All drives to backup, and Then be able to Start them, with One Extra click.
The way it is now, you have to Go to HOME, choose a drive, Click on Backup, Click Start Backup, Click on HOME, Choose the Next drive, Click on Backup, Click Start Backup, Click on HOME, Choose the Next drive.... Etc.
I know that part of SmartWare, is to Leave the Backup running in the Background. But, sometimes, you want to do something More CPU Intensive (game, graphics, CPU hog utility). Maybe you want to be sure the Backup is OFF before you turn the computer off? Maybe you hope it can do a Quick backup, before you turn it off Again, so, you do Multiple Steps to "Start Backup". Leave it for awhile. Then Multiple Steps (again), to "Stop Backup".
All this should be from One Window.
Also... If you want to be SURE to have your E-mail Folders backed up, there should be a way to FORCE a backup of E-mail files. You KNOW your E-mail program is Closed Down. You Know you want to Back-up NOW, since you are going to have your E-mail program ON ALL day. Then, you want to Shut-down Quickly. You should be able to Close your E-mail program. Open SmartWare. Choose Backup E-mail (catagory) files NOW. Smartware backs them up, at THAT Moment (ALL E-mail files). Of course, giving the option of Stating just Where those E-mail files Are (Program And Data); maybe even what file Extentions they are?
I believe that the Current Smartware version (1.6.4), "waits" to backup E-mail; maybe Once a day?? How does it know When to try? When you are RUSHING to Shut-down, for the day? Or Re-booting, after a program crash?
*** When does Smartware get a chance to Backup Anti-virus program files?***
The Windows Phone 7.5 (particularly post-Mango) is becoming much more popular and is finally gaining market share. For good reasons...for once, albiet belatedly, MS has put out a quality product that rivals and sometimes even exceeds the Android and iOS competition.
I would very much appreciate a WP7 implementation for WD 2go. To do so now rather than later would be impressively forward-thinking.
I have been using WD for more than 6 years now. I remember the previous softwares and I am now using WD Smartware. I generally love WD design and that is why I am continuosly buying the drives. However the backup software has never been to the same standard. Even now I am a bit disappointed. I would like two options added:
Retrieve to another computer but to try to place the files in the same type of locations as the old one was. if the locations are different, create the locations or identify that the user is different and then follow the same logic i.e if old was C:\users\pete\... and new is C:\users\mike\ than that should be identified and stored in that type of folder accordingly. Or at least have the flexibility to retrieve different files into specified locations that the user gives instead of just dumping it to one single folder.
The other issue is that you cannot backup one external WD with another. The old software was able to do that. This is very convenient as some people dont use their computer to save original files but the actual external WD drive because they have to work on multiple computers. THAT OPTION SHOULD BE A MUST.