External Hard Drive Fact: RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) is a data storage system that creates a mirror image of everything you save on one hard disk drive to another. So instead of having only one HDD, you have two. If one gets corrupted or stops working, all of your data has been backed up to the other one, so you’ve lost absolutely nothing. Why doesn’t everybody do that? Well, because it costs more; you need at least two hard disks instead of just one.
This version of the My Cloud Home is not a RAID, but there is a version that has two drives: the My Cloud Home Duo (basically the same thing, except it has that extra hard disk, which is why it costs almost twice as much). If you’re the type of person who needs to back up your backups, the My Cloud Home is a good first step.
We had a few issues trying to sync text files to the drive, when newer changes wouldn’t be automatically saved. The My Cloud Home seems to be geared more toward media files, which always synced without issue. You can also email someone a link that gives them read-only access to any file on the drive that you might want to share, without letting them delete or alter it. You can also set up different users for the drive (which came in handy during testing), and each user’s data is automatically hidden from the others.