How do you back up your WD MyCloud?

I have a 2TB MyCloud and want the capacity to back up around 1TB of it - can anyone recommend a good (affordable!) USB or external HD to back up on in the UK?

Any USB disk drive would do. There is a slight risk of compability, so pick up a store with a fine return policy just in case. USB3.0 plugged in the back of the NAS will be moderately faster than USB2.0, so be comfortable using a USB2.0 disk just for this use case.

The Safepoint software included on the NAS does a good job mirroring the content of the NAS to the USB disk, but doesn’t keep deleted files or versions. Because it is only a mirror, you don’t need more capacity than the NAS.

Finally, whenever you disconnedt the USB from the back of the NAS, make sure you use the eject button from the NAS admin UI. Not doing so WILL corrupt your USB disk.

I’ll probably buy it on Amazon as they’re pretty reliable.

If I want a 2TB to back up the 2TB MyCloud it seems like I’ll be spending the same money again - is it possible to choose to just back up the itunes library that’s stored on the MyCloud? The photos on it are back ups of originals on my Mac and I have an Iomega harddrive that I already use to back up the photos.

The built in Safepoint technology doesn’t allow you to specify which pieces of shares/content you can backup. To be more selective, you will have to run PC-based software.

If you dare to use SSH with your WD MyCloud, then you can use rsync or even cp (copy) to back up the folders/shares you want. Then you just schedule when you want the backup to be done with cron. This works much better on 3.x firmwares than 4.x though…

So no need for a back-up program on the PC that may or may not work in a reliable way.

yup, i own two my could 3 TB drives. I use rsync to back up one to the other…Rsync rules!

Could you possibly steer me to some instructions… or describe the process. Is the process handled entirely in the NAS and not via the PC? Thanks… 

Yes, if you use rsync, everything happens on the NAS. You easily Google for rsync command syntax. More advanced users would write scripts, etc.