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Online Retailers List HP Home Server At $500/$750


HP’s MediaSmart Server is the first one to be listed for sale, with Amazon, PCMall and others listing it. The sites have removed the price, but before they did, it was listed at $500 for 500 gigabytes and $750 for one terabyte of storage space.

Some specs on the system:

  • 500 gigabytes storage for HP EX470 MediaSmart Home Server, 1 terabyte for HP EX475 Mediasmart Home Server
  • Processor: 1.8GHz AMD Sempron 64-bit processor
  • Hard drives: SATA 7200 RPM
  • Warranty: 1 year parts/labor
  • USB: 4 ports, one on the front
  • Drive bays: 4
  • Expansion capacity: Up to 6 terabytes
  • Dimensions: 9.7 x 9.2 x 5.5
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • RAM: 512 MB of DDR2
  • Network: Gigabit Ethernet
  • One eSATA port
  • Software (in addition to Windows Home Server operating system): HP Photo Webshare for photo sharing and sending to Snapfish for printing

August 24th, 2007 Posted by | Home Server, Server, Windows | 5 comments

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  1. Are you sure it is 500 megabytes storage for $500 ? 500MB seems really low.

    Comment by Kandarp | August 24, 2007

  2. Damn! Typo, sorry. It’s 500 gigabytes, of course. I’m pretty sure you can’t even install Home Server on that small a hard drive.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | August 24, 2007

  3. Will the HP MediaSmart Server also function as a printer server? I thought I read something to this effect, but I question the source. For instance, I’d love to be able to send a photo to the color printer that’s connected to my son’s computer on the second floor of my house from my office computer located down in the basement.

    Comment by Roger | August 30, 2007

  4. Yes, it will, and very well. I didn’t know this, and I’m glad you asked, because my research unearthed that Home Server will have excellent print serving capabilities:

    The printing capability in Windows Home Server isn’t something that’s talked about often but it is a key differentiator. Anyone who’s tried to set up a TCP/IP printer or install a printer driver knows that it isn’t something your typical computer novice wants to deal with. Corporate users on the other hand have had it easy when they can simply browse to a Windows Print Server and install a print queue and driver with two clicks. There are no IP addresses to look up, no drivers CDs, and no searching on the Internet for printer drivers. With Windows Home Server, you click the print queue on the server and it loads everything for you in a matter of seconds.

    That was from ZDNet:

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | August 30, 2007

  5. Will the server go into hibernation when there is no trafic in the local net ? If so,How fast will it respond when wakeup? Does it have a graphics card ? How to set up the server,Is it done by the networkcable ?
    pardon my english.

    reg. Ove

    Comment by Ove | September 3, 2007

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