Private Cloud Storage with WD My Cloud Home Duo

Private Cloud Storage with WD My Cloud Home Duo

In an era that is completely connected as it is today, cloud-based storage can be said to be increasingly popular. To take advantage of this situation and offer alternative users for services such as Google Drive and Dropbox, Western Digital (WD) presents personal cloud storage devices, one of which is My Cloud Home Duo.

As the name suggests, WD My Cloud Home Duo comes with two Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and is by default configured for RAID 1, also known as mirroring. In this mode, one HDD is set to match the contents of the other HDD. Thus, ensuring that your data is always duplicated and of course safe.

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Design and operation

WD presents My Cloud Home Duo for small and medium businesses (SMEs) or just home. Having dimensions of 102 x 160 x 179 mm, the device has a stature that is not too large. The shape it provides is also very simple with a square without indentation with two colors, namely plain white and glossy at the top and silver color at the bottom of the body which is equipped with an interesting pattern so that this cloud storage looks attractive placed in the corner of the room.

Between the white and silver body, in the middle there is an LED indicator light. This white light has a certain rhythm lighting to indicate the condition of the My Cloud Home Duo system. For example, if the light is steady without flickering, it means that the device is ready for use without any problems. If the lights flicker slowly, one of them is to indicate that the Home Duo is booting. But if the lights flicker quickly, it means the device is in need of attention because it is experiencing an error.

On the back, there is a power button and reset button. The power button is located between the white and silver colors. At first I did have to look for the button, but after I looked carefully, then I saw the button. Oh yes, the difficulty of finding the power button does not mean my eyes are not normal, but rather WD designed it in disguise with a silver body. While the reset button is located above the USB port which if you want to access it must use special objects, such as pins or the like.

In addition to turning the device on or off, the power button is also useful for forcing the system to deactivate without checking the operating service or clearing the cache first. While the reset button is useful for rebooting the device, making it temporarily inaccessible.

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The USB port on My Cloud Home Duo functions to import photos and videos directly from a USB Flash device and an external HDD or SSD. Thus, you can store your favorite moments safely.

Do not miss the ethernet port that is useful for connecting WD My Cloud Home Duo to the router. On the ethernet port, there is an LED light that informs the connection activity with flashing or stable. Under the USB port, you will see a power port that uses power from a relatively large adapter.

Features and performance

The WD My Cloud Home Duo which is my test unit comes with a total capacity of 8 TB. WD fills the two bays of My Cloud Home Duo with two WDD Red HDDs with a capacity of 4 TB each. Both Red HDDs are supported by NASware 3.0 technology which is able to increase HDD endurance while working nonstop for 24 hours and to protect data when there is a power cut. For the sake of data security, by default My Cloud Home Duo is configured in RAID 1 so it provides half the storage capacity of the 4 TB installed HDD. You can see the two HDDs by opening the top of My Cloud Home Duo.

If you want to access Home Duo via a smart device (smartphone or tablet), you can download the application via the Google Play Store and Apple App Store for free. This application allows you to access and share from anywhere (of course with the help of an internet connection) easily. With Automatic Photo and Video Backup features to WD's cloud storage. Thus, this application helps you save unforgettable moments. In addition, the My Cloud Application also helps to keep smart devices from having too many files. It also integrates with other cloud services, therefore presenting a centralized location for all your valuable content.

Home Duo also features a feature that allows you to invite your family or other colleagues to create their individual accounts. Everyone you invite can manage their own personal space, of course only those who can access the file on the Home Duo device. They can organize, access and share content as they wish.

In addition to automatic backups on mobile devices, Home Duo can also perform automatic backups on PC and Mac devices using Windows Backup and Time Machine software. You can also download the WD My Cloud app to access Home Duo.

I myself more often access the Home Duo cloud device via smartphone. When you first run the My Cloud app, you must log in or sign in to your My Cloud account. The interface offered by My Cloud is quite intuitive because WD designed it with a simple and easy to use interface.

At the bottom of the application, there will be an Activity, Files menu, plus sign (+) icon, Photos, and Settings. In the Activity menu, describe the activities that you have carried out. For example, if you recently uploaded a photo or video to Home Duo, you will see details of how many photos or videos you have just saved.

On the Files menu, you will see all the files in Home Duo along with the folder that you previously created. If you want to upload a file, it's time you switch to the menu with the (+) icon. After pressing the icon, there will be information whether you want to upload photos or videos, take photos and create folders that can separate files.

Just like the Files menu, the Photo menu also displays items in Home Duo, the difference is that in the menu you can see only files containing photos or videos, or even both. As the name suggests, the Settings menu is to set this application, for example whether you want to enable automatic backups or not. One of the features that I like is that this application is equipped with a Search function so you can search content easily. The way to do it is also easy, you simply press the icon that looks like a magnifying glass, then type the desired file name. The search is very dynamic because you can just type the file name without having to press Enter. The icon is in the upper right corner of each menu, except the Settings menu.


Through My Cloud Home Duo, WD offers a high-tensile cloud storage device that is easy to use thanks to the My WD app and is installed because of its minimalist design and lots of features. Coupled with security features such as Mirror mode and WD Red HDD NASware 3.0 technology, making all your content stored without having to worry about being deleted or damaged.