Western Digital My Cloud Pro Series PR4100 Review: A Worthy Out-Of-The-Box Option

It’s brief on apps, however the PR4100 gives an simply managed personal cloud for file sharing and backup


Because the identify suggests, Western Digital's My Cloud home equipment are designed for SMBs wanting their very own on-line vault for file sharing, collaboration and workstation backup. The four-bay PR4100 right here made its debut again in 2016 however nonetheless does a sterling job, powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Pentium N3710 CPU and 4GB of DDR3L reminiscence, which could be upgraded to 16GB. WD additionally provides the cheaper EX4100, which makes use of a much less highly effective ARM-based processor – however we would suggest it just for light-weight roles because it's caught with 2GB of RAM.

Whereas the PR4100 would not help 10GbE, you do get a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports that may be teamed collectively, and a pair of energy inputs offer you an easy approach so as to add redundancy by spending just a few quid on a second exterior PSU.

You'll be able to present your individual drives too, however if you are going to buy the PR4100 in a diskless state then your two-year guarantee covers solely the equipment itself. Go for the 32TB mannequin, which comes populated with 4 8TB WD Crimson exhausting disks, and never solely does the guarantee develop to 3 years, it additionally expands to cowl the media in addition to the NAS unit.

Set up is simple: we merely needed to create a free My Cloud portal account and choose the NAS mannequin we needed to arrange.

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