Thanks a lot AlexJ! I look forward to pick up my WDWP at the Amazon Locker when I visit the US next week. The WDWP 4TB and the Hard case (with the 18 sd card slots) is not available here in the UK so I thought I could pick it up on my next trip to the USA.
I’m a video-blogger at consumer electronics tradeshows over the last 14 years and I’ve often been asking WD and Seagate if they’d ever add an SD card slot to backup the SD card files at full speed to one of their battery powered (or even to a plugged to wall USB charger) portable hard drives, I didn’t realize that WD (and a few other companies) had already started doing this I thought I was the only one with the idea!
I think this combo makes a lot of sense, and I hope WD continues in this direction with even faster speeds and more features for the future product roadmap. I kind of like the idea of dual HDD in RAID for reliability and if one of the hard drives fail to be allowed to swap it within a decent 2-5 year warranty. I had WD replace one of my failed portable hard drives once and that experience was very smooth, they’d pre-charge me the cost of the hard drive, I’d get the replacement shipped quickly and I’d not be charged as long as I return the failed hard drive within 2 weeks or a month I forgot how long. Same should be from that RAID WDWP, if ever one of the two drives should be so unlocky to fail, it should be easy for the user to swap it for a new one.
I wonder if WD recommends that users of the WDWP don’t backup SD cards to WDWP while carrying the WDWP in a backpack while walking around? I would imagine, even though it’s a portable hard drive device, that it’s always recommended to leave it steady on a table while the SD card is being backed up? I was using 20GB portable hard drive multimedia players from Archos in 2002, I would play my videos while carrying the device around and it’d be fine. I expect since then portable hard drive technology has progressed with all kinds of very accurate and quick accelerometers that prevent the hard drive from getting any damage even when being used to write and read data to/from the hard drive while walking around? This is why perhaps also the RAID would make this more reliable cause it would I guess be unlikely for both hard drives to break at the same time.
Sustained data transfer speed of 60-75MB/s sounds great. with my $1000 Dell XPS’s SD Card slot
using a Lexas 128GB 1000x (150MB/s written on the card) and an external portable USB 3.0 Seagate hard drive I get around 110MB/s to backup the SD card to the hard drive, so really that’s not much faster I think. Although it would be amazing if the next gen WDWP2 would be able to at least match the transfer speed performance of any high end Windows Laptop and somehow also have a USB3 host port and be able to also copy at the same time the SD card data to that second external hard drive both at full speed all in one go. Imagine how awesome that would be, backup any SD card at full speed to the WDWP and to any second external USB3 hard drive all at the same speed as it’d take to copy to only one hard drive using any expensive laptop.
I’m very much looking forward to try the My Cloud mobile app, I wonder if it works as kind of a remote control for some features on the WDWP or if all the features in the My Cloud app run on the phone and thus for example if I’d set to upload some files that are stored on the WDWP to YouTube or to Google Drive or to Amazon Cloud Drive, then I wonder if all the data has to go through the phone or if it can be set to just work overnight reliably from the WDWP (while it’s connected for example at the hotel to charge).
I wonder if it might be possible to connect a USB Ethernet adapter to the USB 2.0 Host port to get up to Gigabit Ethernet internet connection, would be nice for using the WDWP as a full speed Wi-Fi router and for the maximum speed to upload the files directly to any online cloud service such as Google Drive, Amazon Drive or to upload the videos to YouTube overnight. I believe USB 2.0 Host should be fast enough for Gigabit Ethernet dongles, not that Gigabit speeds would be needed, just that it’d be faster than a 100mbit capped USB Ethernet dongle in case the upload speeds over Ethernet are around or a bit above 100mbit/s (12.5MB/s) then it might work at that full speed (just as if uploading using any laptop and its ethernet port).
I know I’m always asking for too much, I’m just wondering how much of a role I will be able to give the WDWP in my video-blogging work and for the ways I’d like to always backup all my footage, how I’d like to back it up to Amazon Drive and upload it to YouTube also each night while it’s charging from whichever Airbnb or Hotel that I am staying at…
Sounds awesome that it can reliably stream up to 4K video locally. I’m looking forward to fill a part of it up with whole TV series and movies to be able to watch through my phone. I have a Moto Z with the built-in pico projector, meaning I could be having Terrabytes of video content to choose from on the WDWP and be able to project it on the wall wherever I go.
That MY CLOUD PRO SERIES PR4100 looks awesome, configuring it with 24TB is very tempting and easily one click backing up from WDWP at 100MS/s+ sounds just great. Can the MY CLOUD PRO PR4100 reliably backup all data also automatically to Amazon Drive and Google Drive? I will be looking at the latest NAS from Synology when I video-blog at Computex at the end of this month, just in case it seems Synology has lots of “apps” that run on the NAS autonomously to do things as backup to Amazon Drive (perhaps set it to only run at night or only run when it can detect that I am not using bandwidth for anything else at home), run things like a BitTorrent server, perhaps run it through a Seedbox or VPN, I wonder which of WD’s NAS products or Synology might be able to do all this the best. I’m probably also going to buy a good NAS next month. Dual bay at sub-$200 might be enough if there’s a good one. I want my NAS to be ARM Powered yet have full speed networking and USB3 backups, I don’t want anything guzzling power running on an x86.