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Personal Cloud Storage

Discussion in 'Network Attached Storage (NAS)' started by Gabriel1, Apr 28, 2012.

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    For those who may be interested I have just set up my own 1TB personal cloud storage. How easy was it, almost to easy!

    So I purchased a Western Digital 1TB My Book Live yesterday on Amazon for £99.99 which was delivered an hour ago. I plugged this into by BT HomeHub router with the supplied patch cable. I then loaded the supplied WD software on my MacBook Air and as soon as it was loaded it asked for a few details and found my new drive immediately.

    I then spent about 15mins setting it up how I wanted it and upgrading it to the latest firmware. It then rebooted.

    I then generated an access code for my iPad which was entered into the WD 2go Pro App (£1.99 from the App Store although there is a free version).

    I now have complete access from both my iPad and my MacBook Air.

    I'll now play around with it for a while but so far, really pleased with this and all for just a little over £100.

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    That's a great, post gabriel1! Keep us informed how it works for you! :)
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    Well in the time it took me to write that post I converted a DVD using Handbrake, uploaded it to the My Book Live and started streaming to my iPad.......

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    How easy was that!

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    I don't recognise movie though. I'd do this too if I had the money but new iPad makes up for it. I will definitely keep this thread in mind though

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    Hellboy 2 is the movie.

    It's a cheap option longterm given most free cloud storage caps out at around 5GB. I have another reason for doing this as well though, I intend converting all my DVD's, buying a WD TV Live box so that I can empty one of my bookcases of DVD's and return it to books and stream all my films instead of having to boot up the player, find the DVD, etc, it'll just all be ready to go

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    Gabe-does it slow down your Mac or iPad any when streaming?
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    It isn't streaming via my Mac, the My Book Live is connected direct to my router so my MBA can be switched off and I can still access the drive from my iPad.

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    That is way too cool, Gabe. I had to remove my external HD software off my laptop as it slowed it down tremendously during boot up. Are you going to get the 2nd ATV with this task of yours?
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    Yep, the new Apple TV alongside my current one and the WD TV Live.

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    FWIW it's taking about 30mins maximum to convert a DVD using HandBrake which I'm quite happy with.

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    Wow-that's quick. The last time I did a conversion with handbrake it took over 2 hours, but that was with a droid tab.
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    That's fantastic! Will certainly be doing this myself in future I think.
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    After playing around with the settings for HandBrake I have now upped all the settings to maximum. This is running at around 90mins for a 2hour+ movie.

    Once I've uploaded it to my cloud I'll see what happens to the streaming.

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    As yet another update, I have upped the resolution and streaming is still fine, it takes around 3 to 5 seconds longer for the movie to start playing which is fine.

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    I had wondered if your initial settings were toned down to get the 30 minute conversion. Was it bearable at that initial setting out of curiosity?
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    On my iPad it was fine but you could tell it wouldn't transfer to my HD TV as well which is what I want it for mainly.

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    Oh, than that would be good for me to use on my iPad! Good to know-going to look at a few movies I want to convert for a trip coming up!
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    If it is just for the iPad then the default setting should be fine for you.

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    Gab this sounds awesome, I've been wondering what to do regarding storage of some type and this sounds perfect. I'm looking into this, you make it sound so simple.
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    It really is simple. When I was considering this I thought that it may be way to complex but almost everything nowadays is plug and play so just connect the leads and you are ready to go. I should have done this ages ago.

    I've just got a few more things to do......

    1) Set up a network switch (about £20-£30) to link everything to my router that isn't wireless.
    2) Re-setup my Time Capsule to backup everything on my network.
    3) Install a WD TV Live unit (£70-£80) to play all my ripped movies to my HD TV.
    4) Install the apps needed to allow my iPad to write to my personal cloud (WD 2go Pro is a read only app). There is a WD photo app which enables copying of all photos to my cloud but I also discovered that there is a combination of two other apps which allows writing of other file types to my cloud.
    5) Get a second Apple TV (£99) so that I can have one upstairs in the bedroom and a ATV 3 hooked up downstairs to my HD TV then I'll need to point iTunes to my ripped DVD's (which I am converting in the correct format) so they are available on my bedroom TV.

    The most time consuming part is ripping my hundreds of DVD's but once done I can store the hard copies in my attic room and free up lots of space.

    For those interested, rather than buying the Apple Superdive I purchased an AmazonBasics DVD rewriter for £28 to enable me to rip everything.

    With the 5GB iCloud for Apps and other stuff which can't be stored on my personal cloud then I now have more than enough space for everything I need and it is always expandable.

    I would always advise that a backup of everything should always be kept, in my case I got a refurb 2TB Time Capsule but and good sized external HD can be used.

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