Western Digital My Book World Hard Drive Review

Posted: April 27, 2009
Western Digital My Book World Hard Drive Review

Would you like to access your files from anywhere in the world, at any time? Well, the My Book World hard drive can do that for you, and Chris Hardwick is here to let you know what he thinks of it.

What You Need to Know

  • This is yet another hard drive that connects to your home network and streams media to your Xbox or PC and it's pretty easy to set up
  • First, connect an Ethernet cord to your router
  • Then, power it up
  • You have to install software, which is an extra step that we didn't have to do with other hard drives
  • The software is really self-explanatory and maps out the network hard drive automatically to Windows
  • It's then ready for normal hard drive operation in My Computer
  • Western Digital did make it easy to access your media through iTunes or your Xbox, but making sure you have the right codecs when you want to play stuff is a real pain in the ass
  • One extra feature they included was access to your hard drive anywhere in the world using the internet
  • You'll first need to sign up for a MioNet account, which is the internet service Western Digital uses
  • Whenever you power up the hard drive, it automatically starts up the MioNet service, so you don't really have to do anything extra
  • You'll also need Java to make all of this work, but once you get into the applet, copying files is simple
  • MioNet works for Mac or PC
  • You can't access files thru MioNet if you're on the same local network as the hard drive, and the interface can get a little bogged down at times since it's Java


  • $200 online
  • Since home networks are becoming more and more common, these hard drives are becoming much more useful
  • If you don't mind drilling down a bit, you'll like having this

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