HP MediaSmart Works With Time Machine

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Earlier this week, HP announced the availability of two new home servers, the MediaSmart ex485 and ex487. It’s true that both are based on Microsoft’s Windows Home Server platform, but the interesting thing for Mac users is is that they’re recognized by Time Machine as backup targets, and they can act as an iTunes server. At $599US for the ex485 (750GBGB of storage) or $749US for the ex487 (1.5TB), that’s not a bad deal.

Other specs iclude a 2GHz Celeron CPU, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, gigabit Ethernet, four USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA jack and four internal HDD bays. Note that total storage on these units can be scaled up to 9TB.

HP will be taking pre-order in January for shipment in February.

For now, I’ve got a G4 iMac in my basement acting as a home media server, as it were, to the Apple TV. Two external drives are attached – one for Time Machine and one for a SuperDuper! clone, scheduled to update weekly.

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