I just bit on a great price for a 4TB WD My Cloud (refurb) - https://www.wdc.com/en-gb/products/wd-recertified/my-cloud.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjwkd3VBRDzARIsAAdGzMDH8rKklLaFyTkRmYTAuMqxf_G-o0sFABT5tdjEgit_wVrMInIMI1gaAhiVEALw_wcB#RWDBCTL0040HWT-EESN
And now I have some qs - Sorry if these are newbie, but - er, I am a newbie, and the threads seem to go back some years, Shout if I’m being an i-d-i-o-t
I’m aware that refurb HDDs come with some of their own issues - and will have an actual offsite backup for anything I put on it. I’m also not planning on attempting 4k video realtime across a wifi network
Before it arrives, I am trying to work out how to make best use of it. My background - 20 years of using GNU/Linux at home and work, competent with Solaris/*BSD and Samba/ZFS/sshfs.
Went for this to - basically- stick family pics on and retire an ageing linux box with a few USB drives attached
I am interested in a couple of things that aren’t immediately obvious and I wondered if anyone could shed some light.
- There seems to be a firmware jump - from 2* to 4* - I can’t work out which my NAS will come with. any way to tell before it arrives?
- It looks like it’s full of 'features* that aren’t (eg no powerdown in software) - correct?
- If I set it up stock and then (as maybe will happen) the various addons and poor optimisation ( that it appears to comes with, eg IO or indexing) is there a way to reduce it to a factory-supported NAS - eg just NFS/CFS mount and EXT4 drive?
- If the above doesn’t work, is there a current recipe for Debian (or close) that won’t void warranty/ 30 day return?
- I will prioritise reliability and steady read/write over ‘performance’ - any tips?
Basically, I have low expectations, but if it does what I want, it’s a steal at £75 (85USD), and I am happy to play around with it to get it into shape.
Be keen to hear any current or recent war stories. And, as I say, I am not trusting it with any data nor expecting a $1000 NAS box for 75 quid.
Happy to report back when it arrives and will follow any sane recipies happily while it’s empty of data
Clients to read/ write will be mainly Debian boxes and laptops on the LAN, with an occasional OSX laptop (partner) and maybe family with Windows remotely using the cloud to look at pictures (if that feature works…) Former - local client read/write on LAN is the key.