Western Digital protects you from yourself

In Geek Stuff on December 30, 2007 at 3:19 am

my gondor will not be breached

BoingBoing brought this little gem to my attention. Western Digital’s new 1TB MY Book World Edition Network Attached Storage (“NAS”) devices come with many nifty features: its network attached (duh!); its a whole terabyte; its got a built-in backup utility; its got gigabit ethernet; it can be accessed over the Internet AND it also prevents access to your own media files!

Such initiative by the company to protect you from accidentally sharing your media files over the Intrawebitubes and inadvertently becoming an Internet Pirate! Clap Clap Clap Clap. From their support page:

Due to unverifiable media license authentication, the following file types cannot be shared by different users using WD Anywhere Access. [list not included in this blog post]

If these file types are on a share on the WD My Book World Edition system and another user accesses the share, these file will not be displayed for sharing. Any other file types can be shared using WD Anywhere Access.

“Unverifiable media license authentication” ? Wow. And what exactly isn’t on that list? Whats the point of having a storage if you cannot access your own files? Also, if you don’t store media files on it, why would you ever need 1 TB?

Right now from what I understand, its only the 1TB WD MyBooks that have been “enhanced” with the WD Anywhere Access security feature. Thanks, but no thanks WD. I don’t think I will be getting anything.


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