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# 138239 26-Dec-2013 17:35
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Hi All, 

I've been looking to purchase a new desktop hard drive and interested in the Western Digital My Cloud series. 

With no significant savings at today's boxing day sales, I'm very tempted to purchase on Amazon. 

The 3TB version retails here for around $365 NZD, with free amazon global shipping, the cost on Amazon including shipping is $201 NZD, a saving of $164 compared with purchasing locally.

The model is WD My Cloud 3TB Personal Cloud Storage - NAS (WDBCTL0030HWT-NESN).


My only concern is around voltage, as its coming from the USA who are 110V mains supply. 

The WD website lists voltage as (AC Input Voltage 100-240 VAC), would this mean with just a plug adaptor (USA 2 pin to NZ 3 pin), this would work in NZ without needing voltage converters etc?

Any previous experience from others who have purchased external hard drives overseas?

Thanks!

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  # 957652 26-Dec-2013 18:14
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Whether you buy your drive here or online from the US it will likely come from the same factory in Thailand,

Most come with a wall wart at is multivoltage and will have multiple plug adapter prongs for worldwide usage,

If it doesn't I am sure there a more than a few people round here who will have a spare plug in adaptor.

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  # 957668 26-Dec-2013 19:35
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"Personal Cloud Storage". What load of marketing crap. It's a hard drive.

Should work fine with just a plug adapter, $10 from dick smith I guess.

 
 
 
 




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# 957670 26-Dec-2013 19:54
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Thanks everyone, I'll order via Amazon and pickup a plug adaptor locally.

Cheers!

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  # 957697 26-Dec-2013 21:09
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timmmay: "Personal Cloud Storage". What load of marketing crap. It's a hard drive.

The "Personal Cloud Storage" part comes from the fact that, if you want, you can set it up so you can access it from any internet connected device anywhere in the world through the wd2go portal. I've found it quite useful to access bits of information from time to time from my Android phone when I've been away from home.

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  # 957699 26-Dec-2013 21:18
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That's just remote access. Cloud is a marketing term these days, nothing more. It originally meant an Internet based pool of compute and storage resources that can be expanded and contracted on demand, now is means nothing at all.

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  # 957718 26-Dec-2013 21:40
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The meaning of words, perceived or actual, can evolve over time, sometimes quickly sometimes not. It's called semantic change, you can choose move with the times or not. A few examples spring instantly to mind: decimate, fantastic, gay, hacker... Definitely not something I'd be getting bitter about.

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  # 957768 27-Dec-2013 06:16
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Sometimes the meaning of words change, sometimes it's loses all meaning. I think "cloud" as lost all meaning thanks to clueless marketers.

Don't mind me, I'm just grumpy today. And yesterday, apparently.

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