The WD My Cloud NAS (network attached storage) is not designed for Linux. If you are using a Linux computer, here’s how to get started:
- Connect your WD My Cloud to a port on your modem, router, or a switch
- Plug it in and make sure the blue light on the front comes on solid or slowly pulsing
- Browse to http://mycloud.com/setup
- Click Get Started
- If you get a page saying No My Cloud devices found, click My device can’t be found
- Enter the 12 hexadecimal digits of the WD My Cloud’s MAC address (found on the bottom of the WD My Cloud; e.g. 00:90:a9:ec:69:af) and click Next.
- If you get a page saying Can’t connect to your device:
- Check the output for a device with the correct MAC address.
- If the WD My Cloud’s mac doesn’t show:
sudo apt-get install arp-scan
sudo arp-scan -l
- If it still doesn’t show up, you have a network problem; fix it and click Try Again
- On success, you’ll get a page saying Set up cloud access
- Type in your data and Submit
- You should get a page saying Check Your Email
- According to the manual, you should have an email that tells you how to create a password for your mycloud.com account. The email I got did not.
- Clicking the Learn More button in the email takes you to http://www.mycloud.com/
- From there, you can enter your email and click Forgot Password
- You should receive a second email with a Reset Password link. Click it.
- Enter a password and Submit
- According to the manual, after you log in, you should be given a screen that allows you to download the WD Sync software. I did not, probably because it isn’t supported on Linux.
- According to the manual, on Windows, the WD My Cloud is accessed via http://wdmycloud, on Mac via http://wdmycloud.local. These aliases are not set up on Linux. Instead:
- If the MAC address of your WD My Cloud doesn’t show, try:
sudo arp-scan -l
- Copy the IP address that maps to the MAC address of your WD My Cloud
- Paste it into the address bar of your browser
- Instead of the setup described in the manual, you get a log in page (likely because the setup was done via the cloud). Log in with the user name you specified in step 9 and a blank password.
- Select Users from the top menu
- Click on your user name under Set Up Users
- Set Password to On and give yourself a password
- Select Setup from the top menu and:
- Increase the timeout to 30 minutes
- Turn off Mac time machine backups
To save files to your WD My Cloud:
- Open a file browser (e.g. Files on LMDE 2, which is actually Nemo)
- Open the Network from the left side menu
- You should see a new server called WDMyCloud. Double click on it.
- Select Registered User and log in with your user name and password
- You should see several folders. One of them will be your user folder. Double click it.
- You can drag and drop files here to back them up.