Western Digital's updated ShareSpace NAS device can handle 8TB of storage

Western Digital's updated ShareSpace NAS device can handle 8TB of storage

Summary: It was only a couple of weeks ago that I posted about storage giant Western Digital updating its My Book World Edition network drive, but the company is upping the NAS ante with its refresh to its ShareSpace four-bay device, now offering up to a massive 8TB of storage.As with the My Book World, that new capacity comes in the form of WD's Caviar Green drive, which run quieter and consume less power than conventional hard drives.

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It was only a couple of weeks ago that I posted about storage giant Western Digital updating its My Book World Edition network drive, but the company is upping the NAS ante with its refresh to its ShareSpace four-bay device, now offering up to a massive 8TB of storage.

As with the My Book World, that new capacity comes in the form of WD's Caviar Green drive, which run quieter and consume less power than conventional hard drives. A firmware upgrade (also available for owners of previous ShareSpaces) promises 30-percent improvement in file reading and writing times, while the device is now a DLNA-certified media server in addition to its iTunes server capabilities. The ShareSpace still has an additional full slate of features, including three USB ports, including one front-mounted port that you can connect an external drive to and then hit a button to transfer all its file to the NAS device. It also supports RAID Level 0, 1, and 5 configurations, and comes with the same automatic backup software that the My Book World now ships with.

The bad news: Since 2TB drives have just hit the market, the 8TB ShareSpace costs a lot. $1,799.99, to be exact. Clearly, that configuration is positioned for small- and medium-sized enterprises. You'll spend much less if you go for the 2TB ($699.99) or 4TB ($999.99) varieties, instead. All three are now available at Western Digital's online store.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Servers, Storage

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  • Yea WD. Seagate sucks.

    Not only are my Seagate drives falling over, warranties are replaced with refurbs. Got two back this week and both refurbs wouldn't format.

    Time to move to WD.
    bjbrock
  • RE: Western Digital's updated ShareSpace NAS device can handle 8TB of stora

    Are you kidding?? $1,799.99 is damned cheap for 8TB You
    try and get 8TB into another raid enclosure any cheaper - I
    dare you! This is superb value for money IMHO
    Pi
    seaniepie
  • RE: Western Digital's updated ShareSpace NAS device can handle 8TB of storage

    I'll have to agree with seaniepie on the price of this 8TB NAS. The drives themselves are costing about $300 on newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136344
    So $600 for a four disk SoHo NAS isn't the best price for the hardware, but it's not extravagent.
    ericaaa6