Urgent help please - how can I back up my drive


I have had to empty my Macbook Pro onto my WD icloud storage because it is full.
I am really worried that if it goes down I could lose everything - years and years of work I could never replace.

Is there a way to keep a copy of everything somewhere online like a google drive?
I found one way but it involves using Google drive desktop - but I can’t because that syncs everything back onto my Mac and it will kill it.
I can’t use my Dropbox account to backup onto because that does the same.
Urgent help would be much appreciated

Thank you


Are you using a single bay/single WD My Cloud device? It looks like the following

If so, as explained in the single bay/single drive My Cloud manual there is an included feature called Safepoint / Backup that will backup the entire My Cloud to a USB hard drive attached to the My Cloud. Of course oen would need to use a USB drive that is large enough to hold the contents of the My Cloud drive.

User Manual 4779-705147 (PDF) (P/N: WDBCTLxxxxxxx-10, FW 02.xx.xx)

User Manual 4779-705103 (PDF) (P/N: WDBCTLxxxxxxx-00, FW 04.xx.xx)

Officially there isn’t a way, with the single bay/single drive My Cloud units to backup to a remote online storage service. Unofficially one might be able to install the Goodsync app/module into the My Cloud firmware to allow for one to sync/backup to certain online storage services.


If you are not using a single bay/single drive My Cloud device see the specific subforum for your device as the backup options may be different for other My Cloud devices.


Yes, that is the model I have, thank you for your reply

It would be handy to have one I can also plug into my macbook if I need to - do you know if would this also plug in directly into my icloud device?

Almost any USB hard drive can be attached to the My Cloud device. That USB hard drive (My Passport) should work. Just note that you will have to access the My Cloud Dashboard to setup the Safepoint / Backup feature.

How to access the Dashboard on a My Cloud (single bay) device

How to Create a Safepoint Backup of a My Cloud (Firmware 4.x)

Configuring USB Backups on a WD My Cloud (Firmware 2.x)

Note its not a “my icloud”. iCloud is an Apple product/service. The WD My Cloud is a basic network attached storage device (NAS), which has basic/limited remote access capabilities, hence the “cloud” name.


Thank you for your help, I will get one ordered.