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Western Digital launches My Cloud for secure storage at home

Hard drive manufacturer Western Digital has launched the new My Cloud service for users to organise, centralise, and secure digital content across multiple devices.

By connecting a My Cloud drive to the Internet, users can share and stream files in a home network, as well as access data stored on the device from anywhere, at any time.

"We believe that there's no place like home for the cloud," Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups, said in a statement.

The minimalist, clean-cut Network Attached Storage (NAS) device comes with accompanying desktop and mobile apps, which allow the navigation, control, and sharing of files. Available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, the WD My Cloud application also allows for file transfers between Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Google Drive public cloud accounts.

"Everyone is inundated with thousands of digital files scattered across multiple computers and mobile devices, and controlling that chaos is a challenge," Welsh said. "WD's personal cloud is the easiest, most secure and most affordable way to customers to control that chaos, with access to all of their files anywhere, anytime."

My Cloud is available in three storage sizes — 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB — plus the option to attach a USB 3.0 hard drive for additional space.

Customers can pick up the 2TB and 3TB versions for $150 (£92) or $180 (£111), respectively; the 4TB device is expected to hit shelves next month, with a $250 (£154) price tag. The mobile app is currently available for free download in the App Store and on Google Play.

Western Digital also promised a two-drive and four-drive My Cloud configuration will be available in the future.