The Best Personal Cloud Storage Devices for Home Media

obrBy Denise Sullivan — Last Updated: 04 Sep'15 2015-09-04T03:32:19+00:00Google+

Cloud storage does not have to be an online adventure. Many people don’t like the uncertainty of storing their information without being able to see the storage device. Cloud storage devices for home media is an be ideal solution for users.

It can be difficult to figure out  the best device to store your precious information on. Which is why we have compiled a list of the best cloud storage devices for home use.

This guide should help you find the right box for your needs.

LaCie CloudBox

Personal cloud storage shouldn’t be complicated, so a simple version is the best option. The LaCie CloudBox fills that need rather well. Instead of going through a complicated setup method, you only have to plug in the box, click once with the mouse and the process is done.

Cloud Storage Devices for home media

The box collects all the files on internet ready devices such as mobile phones, tablets and computers. It then stores thaty information on the hard drive within to keep you from losing anything. The box can also be used to backup a system to prevent data loss.

The LaCie CloudBox comes in three different sizes:

  • 2TB for $139.99
  • 3TB for $159.99
  • 4TB for $199.99

Sharing files with family and friends is possible. Privacy can be set by creating private folders and setting limitation for users. The system also allows data backup from your mobile devices when away from home, as long as you have an Internet connection.

Western Digital MyCloud

The Western Digital MyCloud is one of the more flexible solutions for those who want to have personal cloud storage at home. This device allows you to save information not only from a personal computer, but also mobile devices.

Cloud Storage Devices for home media

While it is not as simple to set up as LaCie’s device, it is still an easy process to begin. The download speeds may be a little slower than some of the competition; however, it does allow you to stream anything from the box to a connected TV or other device.

MyCloud comes in four different sizes:

  • 2TB for $149.00
  • 3TB for $179.99
  • 4TB for $219.99
  • 6TB for $319.99

MyCloud gives users the same ability that traditional third-party providers do, access to files from anywhere, at any time. Instead of the files being on a server in some far off location, these are loaded on a box that sits in your office or living room.

D-Link ShareCenter 2-Bay Cloud Storage 2000

Some users prefer to update their home network with NAS devices. The security is better than other devices, while still giving you the flexibility to save information on a personal cloud. The D-Link ShareCenter 2-Bay Cloud Storage 2000 offers you just that. However, it is not as simple to set up as the competition.

Cloud Storage Devices for home media

This system is just a box, but it gives users the freedom to pick the hard disk drives in which to store data. This simple box can hold up to two 3.5” SATA hard drives. You can also choose to hook them up to a JBOD or RAID 0 or 1 for better performance.

The design gives you more security options than the fresh out of the box variety. The box costs $128 for a two bay system. If you want something a little larger, you can choose the four bay model, which provides more room. This version runs around $439.

Seagate Central

Seagate is a well-known manufacturer of storage devices and hard drives. In an answer to the growing requests for personal cloud devices, the company has come up with Seagate Central.

Cloud Storage Devices for home media

Just like their competitors, Seagate allows you to save files from a variety of devices, including mobile and personal computers. The system is designed to support Facebook backups to ensure you do not lose any of the photos uploaded to a social media account.

Seagate has three storage sizes you can choose from:

  • 2TB for $135
  • 3TB for $157
  • 4TB for $199

In addition to being able to save and access files from mobile devices, you can operate it from Samsung smart TVs and Blu-Ray players via specially made applications. It is small and doesn’t take up much room for those who don’t want a bulky device.


There are various options you can choose from to have a cloud storage device for home media.

The choice will depend on what you would like the unit to do. Some are good for mere backups, while others will give you the same cloud storage flexibility as an online storage option.

For those who want higher than average security, a box that will allow users to add your own hard drives may be the best bet.

5 thoughts on “The Best Personal Cloud Storage Devices for Home Media”

  1. I want to have a personal network cloud storage device. I want to be able to backup one desktop & 2 or more laptops plus 2 or more cell phones in one area. I would also like to store my data from these devices on the same device. The storage part would be documents, music, videos and pictures. Security & cost is a factor.

    Thank you in advance
    Larry

  2. Be wary of the Seagate Central. The on-board OS is linux based and the network interface has a tendancy to overheat and die. Once it does it is difficult to recover the drive based on how it formats files.

    I do like the app interface and it has good Samsung SmartTV compatibility.

  3. Seagate central is unreliable. I had issue with network port being burnt off and got replaced by seagate personal cloud under warranty.

  4. Please call an anyone advise from personal experience the best quality personal cloud a with more than 2tb. After multiple robberies and having the backup stolen with laptop as it’s plugged in and removing it each time you leave the house is not realistic. I think the best ideal is having it hidden in the house so if items are stolen at least the personal cloud remains. This usb external drive I purchased 3 Toshiba and all give problems besides the risk as they are basically attached to the PC etc.

  5. J Jordan is right, my Seagate just had the same problem with the network interface failing. All the data is lost. Good thing I purchased a blue ray burner and backed up the Seagate. Not too happy with Seagate after that. Looks they have gone the way of Western digital. I may try a LA CIA this time.

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