Western Digital to end cloud support for some hard drives in January 2022
Western Digital has announced that it is ending support for prior generations of My Cloud OS, including My Cloud OS 2 and 3. This means that affected devices will no longer be accessible remotely, and will only be able to transfer data locally.
Devices running My Cloud OS 5 will no longer support prior generations of the software after 15 January 2022, cutting off cloud access, security updates and technical support. Devices running anything other than My Cloud OS 5 will no longer be supported after 15 April 2022.
Western Digital has suggested that as security standards evolve, it is necessary to end support for the outdated generations of its cloud-based storage services. This means that critical security updates will only be available to My Cloud OS 5-compatible devices.
As to the My Cloud OS 5 software, it will be supported at least until the end of 2026. At that point, if support isn't extended, the device will enter the "End of Support" phase in Western Digital's product lifecycle support policy, and updates and cloud services will be discontinued.
This change will affect numerous products running older versions of the software. The full list of affected devices can be found on the company’s website and includes the following hard drives:
- My Cloud PR2100
- My Cloud PR4100
- My Cloud EX2 Ultra
- My Cloud EX4100
- My Cloud EX2100
- My Cloud DL2100
- My Cloud DL4100
- My Cloud Mirror Gen2
- WD Cloud
- My Cloud Mirror
- My Cloud EX2
- My Cloud EX4
Western Digital advises that customers owning affected NAS devices should take action as soon as possible to ensure that their content is protected and stored safely. It is recommended that users back up their old devices, disconnect them from any internet supply, and protect their device with a strong and unique password.
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