Personal Cloud Storage

My Book Live

My Book Live
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Centralized storage and wireless backup.
Connect the drive to your wireless router to provide shared storage and wireless backup for all the PC and Mac computers on your home network.

Upload files on the go.
Free up space on your smartphone or tablet by uploading photos & videos directly to your My Book Live.

Access or share files from anywhere.
View your media collection on any screen. Whether you have a connected TV, smartphone, tablet or laptop, enjoy your content wherever you go.

Did you know...
You can combine this product with other WD products for the ultimate connected home.
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Your media and files on your own personal cloud.

Create your own personal cloud, without the monthly fees and mysterious location of your data. Store your media and files on the drive and access them securely over the Internet with any computer. Protect your precious memories with wireless backup for all the PC and Mac computers on your home network.

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Or, use WD's free mobile apps for easy access to share and upload your photos and videos directly to your personal cloud using your smartphone or tablet. It's like having up to 3 terabytes of extra storage for your mobile device.

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Now streaming to your HDTV.

Watch your daughter's birthday party video or show off your vacation slideshow on your TV. The built-in media server streams music, photos and videos to any DLNA-certified multimedia device such as a WD TV Live media player, Blu-ray Disc player, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and connected TV. DLNA 1.5 & UPnP certified.

Shared storage for all your computers.

Now you can store your entire family's videos, music, photos and important files to one place for everyone in the home to share. Just plug the drive into your wireless router so that you can store and access files with any PC or Mac computer on your home network.

Automatic, wireless backup for all your computers.

Protect your precious memories and wirelessly back up all your PC and Mac computers on your network to one reliable location using WD SmartWare. Every time you save something, it's instantly backed up. Mac users can utilize all the features of Apple Time Machine backup software to protect their data.

Serve up your music with iTunes.

The drive includes iTunes server support so you can centralize your music and video collection and stream it to any PC or Mac computer with iTunes.

Speed without compromise.

A built-in, high-powered 800 MHz CPU gives you the horsepower you need for the most demanding applications and best-in-class read speeds faster than traditional USB 2.0 drives. Stream media seamlessly and transfer files without skipping a beat.

Easy to set up, easy to find on
your network.

Set up is a snap. In just a few minutes, you're up and running. Mac, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista computers will automatically find your My Book Live drive in seconds. If you're running Windows XP, our simple discovery software makes it easy to set up the drive.

Need help setting up?

We're with you every step of the way with WD's free Concierge Service. Just call the number provided with your purchase and our expert customer support team will walk you through the installation of your drive and WD's apps for your mobile device. You can also visit our new setup website to assist your needs.

Add an extra layer of protection for
your files.

You can automatically make a second copy, or safepoint, of your My Book Live on another My Book Live or NAS drive on your home network. Now you’ve got double-safe protection for all your media and ultimate peace of mind.

My Book Live and My Book Live Duo personal cloud storage products work concurrently with multiple operating systems including Mac OS, Win8, Win7, iOS and Android with mobile apps.

What is a personal cloud?

With a personal cloud you can centralize all your photos, videos and files in one secure location. Then, enjoy them wherever you go from your computers, smartphones, tablets & connected TVs.

Access your content from any
PC or Mac.

Securely access your files anywhere you have an Internet connection. Just go to to get free remote access to your WD personal cloud storage device and instantly save all files from any computer to your personal cloud.

Access your content from your smartphones & tablets.

Mobilize your media with WD's free mobile apps available on your Apple, Android, Windows & Blackberry smartphone or tablet. Easily upload photos & videos, access or share your content and stream media. You can even connect to your Dropbox and other cloud accounts to seamlessly transfer files to and from your personal cloud.

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Mobilize your media with WD's free apps.

Access all the content on your personal cloud from any device.

You are always connected to your personal cloud. Save valuable space on your mobile devices with easy photo and video uploads directly to your personal cloud, then securely access and share your memories from anywhere.

Have a public cloud account?

The My Cloud mobile app also allows you to easily transfer files between your personal cloud, Dropbox and other public cloud accounts.

Turn your mobile device into the ultimate photo album. View all the photos stored on your personal cloud with your smartphone or tablet. Or, take a photo or video clip and instantly upload it from your gallery directly to your compatible WD device with ease.

Mobile Requirements:

  • Personal cloud access with the My Cloud app requires a My Cloud, My Book Live, My Book Live Duo or My Net N900 Central with the most recent firmware.
  • Access to cloud services requires the My Cloud app and an active Dropbox, Google Drive or SkyDrive account.
  • iOS iPhone or iPad running versions 6.0 or later software.
  • Android smartphone or tablet running versions 2.3 or later software.

WD Photos Requirements:

Click Model # for Full Specs.

Model #InterfaceCapacityOperating System 
WDBACG0030HCHEthernet3 TBWindows/Mac
WDBACG0020HCHEthernet2 TBWindows/Mac
WDBACG0010HCHEthernet1 TBWindows/Mac

System Requirements

  • Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP (SP3)
  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard or Leopard
  • DLNA/UPnP enabled devices
  • Internet connection for remote access

Supported Browsers

  • Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher
  • Safari 4.0 or higher
  • Firefox 12 or higher
  • Google Chrome 14.0 and later on supported Windows and Mac OS platforms

Package Includes

  • Network drive
  • Ethernet cable
  • AC power adapter
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Downloadable software installation

Mouse over each icon to see how it was calculated.

Examples of the number of photos, songs, videos and any other files that can be stored on a hard drive are provided for illustrative purposes only. Your results will vary based on file size and format, settings, features, software and other factors.

As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. As used for buffer or cache, one megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second, megabit per second (Mb/s) = one million bits per second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second.

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Upgrading your system could be risky, so make sure you have an extra copy of your photos, videos, music and files in case you hit a snag. With high-capacity storage from WD, you've got a great backup plan.

Back up the easy way with WD Smartware. Your data is not just data; it's your family photos, your financial documents, your music - your life. Make sure you protect your memories before your upgrade to Windows 8. WD makes it easy to back up with WD Smartware.

Here's how:

First, install the WD Smartware backup software included on most WD desktop and portable hard drives for your PC. You'll be up and running in minutes.

Next, select the files and folders you want backed up or back up your files by category. It's up to you. The backup gauges show how much information you have to be backed up in each category. You can even mouse over a category to see a file count.

Simply click "Start Backup" and WD SmartWare will automatically start backing up your files. As your backup is running, the category gauges will change color showing you the backup as it happens. When finished, you'll see a status screen and information about your backup. It's that easy!

Click here to find out more about WD SmartWare.


Backing up with a WD hard drive is easier than ever. With the File History feature in Windows 8, you can automatically save an extra copy of your photos, files, favorites and contacts folders to the drive of your choice. Choose WD and get effortless backup from the brand you trust.

Here's how:

From the Control Panel, select File History. Or you can search on "backup" in Settings from the Charms Bar in the Metro UI and select Save backup copies of your files with File History.

Connect your WD drive into the USB port and Windows 8 will detect the connection, then simply click "Turn on". If you have a My Book Live or My Net N900 Central, select "Add network location" and select your network drive from the list.

Now you're all set up to save files to your drive. File History automatically saves a copy of every file in your libraries, contacts, favorites and desktop. If there are folders not included by default that you also want to save using File History, you can create a new library or add a folder to an existing library.

If you ever want to access old versions of files or files that you've save previously, click on "Restore personal files". Then select the folders you want to restore (or you can choose to select all folder) and click "Restore". You can also save to a new location by right-clicking on your selected folders and choosing "Restore to" and select a new location for your files.

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The WD app makes it easy to discover the digital media stored on your WD external hard drive with your Windows 8 computer or tablet. Your content is automatically displayed and organized so you can easily view your photos, enjoy slideshows, watch your videos, play your music and share it all with this easy-to-use app.

Get the app.

Windows 8 automatically installs the WD app for certified WD products or it can be downloaded from the Windows Store. The app automatically finds your digital content from a WD network drive or connected WD direct attached drive.

Get organized.

Once inside the app, your media is organized by photos, videos and music on rotating tiles.

Start playing.

Click to play your music, watch your videos and create a slideshow with your stored photos.

Start sharing.

Have something to share? Select your files and use the Share charm to send them via e-mail and social media apps.