Thanks to cory for raising this, and I agree with ValleyPeach, it was the first and most obvious problem I noticed when I first set up my WD My Cloud. What a let down.
First, my rant…
Renaming (or corrupting, as I like to think of it) the user’s data when the principal purpose of the solution is to facilitate data storage and management is, quite frankly, appalling. I include this comment only to emphasise and reiterate to WD the the concerns set out by others.
Despite the progression towards convergence and integration of devices, it still appears that most manufacturers prefer the “walled garden” approach, which is unnecessary and, quite frankly, unhelpful given that the tech standards already exist such that OEMs’ proprietary approaches are redundant.
What we all really want, I believe, is effectively iCloud and Photostream-type synchronisations, but with data stored (without corruption / renaming) on our personal drives. I don’t know if it’s Apple that prohibits the use of other devices for this purpose (or Google on Android - I don’t know much about the dark side :), or if manufacturers such as WD are just keen to do it their own way as an entrapment to make it hard to port over to other solutions in the future (ooh, what a cynic!).
Anyway, the point of my post is this: Without clever software to keep devices automatically in sync without corrupting my data, the device doesn’t do much more than a home computer can do - and I suspect a lot of users already have one of these that can adequately do the job for a small number of users. Without the requisite software solutions, I may as well return the device and just use my home PC to serve files over FTP!
However, in the hope of a better future (and finding the right 3rd party software!), I will persevere for another couple of weeks, until my 28-day return period expires.