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Western Digital launches internet-connected My Cloud Home & Home Duo drives

Western Digital on Wednesday released the My Cloud Home, a network-attached storage (NAS) drive intended to provide both local and remote access to personal files.

The My Cloud Home plugs into a Wi-Fi router, and can be configured using the My Cloud mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and Android. It supports automatic sync/backup of data from phones and computers, and can also be hooked into third-party cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Plex, and IFTTT.

WD itself is offering remote photo and video access via its mobile and desktop apps, as well as Owners wanting to directly transfer media to the drive can make use of a rear-mounted USB port.

The product allows separate accounts on the same drive for friends and family, and is compatible with Apple's Time Machine backup format.

The standard My Cloud Home comes in 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8-terabyte versions, costing between $159.99 and $319.99.

Alternately buyers can go for the My Cloud Home Duo, which adds a duplicate drive for RAID mirroring in case the first drive fails. The Duo comes only in 4, 8, 12, and 16-terabyte configurations, priced from $309.99 through to $699.99.