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HP MediaSmart EX475, Windows Home Server w/ AMD 1.8 GHz Sempron 512MB DDR2 1TB HDD

  • AMD 1.8 GHz
  • 512MB DDR2
  • 7200 RPM, 1 TB (2 x 500GB)
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Take complete control of your digital media files with HP’s MediaSmart Server EX 475. More than just a hard drive, the EX 475, allows you to automatically back up and protect your digital memories as it centralizes files from across your home network using Microsoft Windows Home Server software. You won’t need your own IT department to set it up thanks to the easy configuration that lets you take control of the security and update settings for each computer in your home network.

The EX475’s small profile lets it fit nearly anywhere without disrupting your computing environment. The front bezel doors cover the four drive bays including the twin 500GB drives which offers plenty of room – a full terabyte - and even more room to grow without requiring tools, screws or cables. Access your files remotely from any internet-connected computer or stream content back to any networked PC or to your TV and stereo system on demand.

Additional hot-swappable drives can be inserted and formatted on the fly. Four USB 2.0 ports and an eSATA port offer extra expansion options. Like its award-winning HP customer service and 1-year warranty, the EX-475 offers peace of mind.

  • newegg Remote Access With the MediaSmart server from HP, you’ll be able to access your files and applications from any internet connected computer. (internet service not included)
  • newegg Archive and Access The amount of storage space is only limited by the number of expansion bays. Easily install more hard drives to increase your storage space and archive every digital file you have!
  • newegg Automatic Backup Automatically backup any desktop PC or laptop running windows XP or later.

Learn more about the Hewlett-Packard GG796AA

Main

Brand
HP
Model
GG796AA

Processor

CPU Type
AMD 1.8 GHZ 64-bit Sempron processor

Memory

Installed Memory Size
512MB
Memory Type
DDR2

Storage

Hard Drive (Installed)
2 7200 RPM, 1 TB (2 x 500GB)
HDD Interface
SATA
Max HDD Capacity
Only limited by number of hard drive bays (4) and USB ports (4).

Networking

Compliant Standard
IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.3ab
LAN Ports
1 x Ports

Power

Power Characteristics
Internal universal power supply

Physical Spec

Dimensions
5.5" x 9.8" x 9.2"

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • John K.
  • 2/19/2009 10:19:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat little server but...

Pros: Compact design, absurdly easy to add more drives.

Cons: Definitely underpowered as far as ram goes. Had to use a couple addins to get full control of the system, which made it absurdly unresponsive, hence my thoughts below.

Other Thoughts: If you're fairly competent with building a system upgrade the ram in this thing ASAP, buy the ram along with it as Newgg has the Patriot 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) stick for a mere $18

If you're wanting to squeeze more out of this system you'll find yourself using some more addins from mediasmarthome. The few addins already installed and the recommend McAfee upgrade will quickly overwhelm the 512 stick. That's all well and good if you don't play on doing anything more with it than storing files.

If you're running torrents on it, using it as an iTunes Server or photo hosting you'll be thankful you upgraded the RAM. It's a very simple process and you can find a guide online. A total of 4 screws to remove and just a bunch of sliding and unplugging. At $25 shipped for 4 times the ram, do yourself a big favor.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/9/2009 7:55:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Great server, easy to back up files and stream media to my xbox 360.

Cons: The processor speed and PRICE PRICE PRICE

Other Thoughts: I have one of these and my own windows home server that I built, to be honest you can build your own system with better specs and it will still be cheaper than this.

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  • Noe R.
  • 2/9/2009 3:41:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent for what it is

Pros: This is an incredibly easy and functional home server for both the novice and expert crowd. If you need a server to just provide general access to files in a home network and/or to remotely access files, this will do it and then some. To date, I have not felt bad about this purchase at all despite the price.

Cons: 1. the price, but heh...this thing is reliable and doesnt fight you too much
2. Be aware that as you add drives, they will be formatted to permit "distribution" of files. You CANNOT add a drive with data on it. Some might be put off by this, but once youre aware of it --it's all good
3. Use as large a hard drive as possible for your 1st drive. The server uses this first drive as a "staging area" when you transfer items and before it 'redistributes" them. I learned this the hard way when I tried to copy 1 TB of data and my 1st drive was only 500G (total space on server 2TB). You can still do it in smaller chunks as it redistributes, but a large 1st drive reduces the complexity of things.

Other Thoughts: It's a winner. If you want an easy to use and friendly hom server, this one will do the trick. If you want something exotic "propeller head" ...you may wish to look eslewhere.

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  • Bud W.
  • 7/23/2008 11:54:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsMediaSmart Server saved my daughter's PC files

Pros: Last week, my daughter's hard drive bit the dust. It had all her photos and videos from the past two years on it. Fortunately, I had begun backing it up with our new MediaSmart Server (EX475) about a month ago. When I checked the backups, all her files were safely stored there. I'm so glad I got this thing!

Cons: There was a data corruption bug in the Microsoft operating system up until this week. Fortunately, the bug has been fixed. I got info on how to download the fix at MediaSmartHome.com.

Other Thoughts: I would definitely recommend this product for anyone who has more than a couple of PCs in the house. I never have to worry about which PC or laptop has been backed up, or when the last backup was done.

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  • JULIE B.
  • 7/1/2008 9:55:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat server for home office!

Pros: Great product. Have a desktop, laptop, and gaming rig. With no prior experience with WHS I managed to get this baby up and running with little to no problems. Went with the TZO dynamic dns service, it auto configured my netgear router and has worked perfectly since. No data corruption bug currently so ignore that previous comment. The initial backups do take some time (1-1 1/2 hour), but then very fast as only incrementals are created. Just having a blast with this new toy and NewEgg service was great.

Cons: NONE

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/31/2008 2:10:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust Want The Organizer In You Ordered

Pros: Backups only work when they're fully automatic - and this this does it - for up to 10 machines. This HP also solved my problem with gobs of various family photos spread across multiple PCs - it not only backs them up but saves space by not copying duplicates. I also get remote desktop to every machine (instead of just one using port-forwarding). Dropping in additional hard drives is a snap (literally - a 10 second job!) - which is a major reason why I opted for this pre-built instead of DIY. With the free list of add-ins growing each week, the useful of this device just increases!

Cons: The photo-sharing feature HP added is disappointing and doesn't scale thumbnails nicely. Easily resolved with any of the photo (FlickrSync) and website-based (Whillst) add-ins.

Other Thoughts: Added 2GB memory from NewEgg as many owners have and noticed a huge performance increase (read about this on the web). The HP doesn't have a video card, so you TS into it. I thought that would scare me at first, now I like it (no extra monitor, switchbox or complications). This HP is a great-looking, sexy black box with adjustable dimmers on the blue LEDs. Also - people are tweaking these devices like crazy to do even more (WSUS and SharePoint servers, Media Recorders, Print Servers, etc.). I mean, it's a Windows Server 2003 box with cool backup software built-in - there really isn't much it won't do!

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/27/2008 10:42:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDon't Do IT

Pros: -Lights Came On
-Relatively Quiet
-Maybe good for storage

Cons: -MS WHS'Faulty Algorithm in the Drive Extender software (read anandtech's reviews)
-Slow backup (file transfer)

Other Thoughts: I should've just built from scratch. This device seemed like it would do the trick. However, MS/HP failed the test. Go with RAID 5 arrays and be happier.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/15/2008 5:30:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsData Corruption Bug

Pros: Well designed product.

Cons: Massive data corruption bug. Patch will not be released until June 2008. Affects any WHS that has multiple hard drive. BEWARE!!!! Google "windows home server corruption bug" for more information.

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  • Michael T.
  • 2/14/2008 4:22:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Addition to a multi-PC household

Pros: Centralized storage (and lots of it). Incremental backup system. Remote access to files. Elegant Windows Home Server implementation—it would be hard to build something like this from OEM parts. Extremely simple setup (plug it in, go through some dialogs, and done). Windows Media Connect works with Xbox 360 and PS3 to stream music, photos, and video.

Cons: Can't attach a multi-function printer to it and still use the scanner. Backups assume computers are on all the time. Doesn't sync folders.

Other Thoughts: Windows Home Server has some signs of being a V1 product (like having to remote desktop in to install a printer), but overall, it works very well.
HP added a few things like a web photo album app and iTunes support, but I don’t use either. The photo album keeps its own copies of the files, which is dumb, since they’re stored on the machine already, and I don’t use iTunes, so that doesn’t help me much.
The hardware itself is kinda unimpressive, but it doesn't seem to matter.

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  • Romel S.
  • 1/16/2008 8:46:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMust BUY

Pros: Host your server to the outside world and really share files with your friends and family, even connect to your local computer remotely as if you were there...It is the ultimate home multimedia NAS

Cons: Host your server to the outside world...this could be a very sensitive issue if all your data resides in your server. Make a backup and expect what's possible.

Other Thoughts: This is exactly what the home multimedia network is evolving to. The potential of this server and ease of use is what other Manufacturers should shoot for.

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