Cloud storage is a growing popularity for many of us, and if you are on Dropbox or Google Drive, you know you are relying too much on them when you exceeds your free account limit of a few GB within months. If the yearly subscribtion fee is turning you off, perhaps its time to consider setting up your own cloud. And its just a one-time investment from S$239 and your home broadband/ fiber connection.

WD’s My Cloud is a complete solution for users to organize, centralize and secure the digital content from all of their computers and mobile devices and access those files from any device, from anywhere in the world. By simply connecting a My Cloud personal cloud drive to the Internet, consumers get the anywhere, any-device access they can get from the public cloud, without having to pay monthly fees or giving up control of their personal data.

Some key features with WD My Cloud solution:
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  • Enjoy your digital life from anywhere on your PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. With WD’s free apps, your personal cloud is always with you.
  • Upload photos and videos directly to your personal cloud from anywhere and free up space on your mobile devices.
  • BACKUP! BACKUP! BACKUP!Easily back up the files from all the PC and Mac computers in your home. Get peace of mind knowing that all your files are securely and automatically backed up on your network.
  • PC users, WD SmartWare Pro offers options for how, when and where you back up your files. Mac users, utilize all the features of Apple Time Machine backup software to protect your data.
  • Easily transfer files between your personal cloud, Dropbox and other public cloud accounts using WD’s free My Cloud mobile app.
  • Your data is always safe and completely under your control. Protect your personal cloud from unauthorized access with password protection available for every user.

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Personally I’ve got their first version, My Book Live, sitting next to my router at home. The initial setup and transferring of all my files into this new HDD was rather slow as I can’t transfer the files directly via USB. The new My Book still does not allow you to transfer via USB directly from your PC/Mac, but if you have a GB LAN this is nearly as fast as USB3.0 so the transfer should be fairly quick. According to WD, My Cloud is faster than My Book Live. Or you can transfer the data to a USB3.0 HDD and connect that to the back of My Cloud (also USB3.0) and transfer the files from there, this way you can also use the mobile app to transfer files, rather than finder or my computer. Looks like its good time I change to My Cloud or maybe I should invest in a NAS My Cloud EX4!

This video clip kinda sums up how WD My Cloud works seamlessly for us.

My Cloud is available in 2 TB, 3 TB, and 4 TB capacities, providing bountiful storage capacity with no monthly payment required. You can also attach a compatible USB 3.0 hard drive directly to the USB expansion port on the My Cloud drive and instantly expand your storage capacity.

My Cloud personal cloud storage is currently available at selected retailers and is distributed by Eternal Asia (S) Pte Ltd and IXIX Distribution Pte Ltd in Singapore. MSRP is S$ 239 for 2 TB, S$ 289 for 3 TB and S$ 399 for 4 TB. The My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download from the App StoreSM and Google PlayTM.

Check them out at the upcoming IT Show from 27 Feb to 2 Mar 2014 at Marina Bay Sands.