The HP MediaSmart Server is a great piece of home networking gear. It does backups, manages media very well, and even provides reasonably speedy and reliable network storage.
For a relatively modest outlay of $140 or so ($80 for a 750 GB SATA drive, $39 for a new CPU, and $22 for a 2 GB memory module) you can turn an older-generation model into something as good as HP’s latest offerings. On the other hand, you can spend just over $100 and more than double your storage and give your server’s performance a nice boost while skipping the CPU upgrade. It’s your server, so you get to decide.
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- Get Your Hack On
- Task List For DIY EX47* Upgrade
- Memory Upgrade
- Benchmarking Standard And Increased Memory Configurations
- Replace Northbridge Thermal Compound
- Replace The Stock CPU
- Benchmarking The EX475 With Sempron 3400+, LE-1640, And BE-2350
- Swapping The Processor, Step-By-Step
- Hacking The EX47* MediaSmart BIOS
- How To Prepare And What To Do If Something Goes Wrong
- Re-assembling And Testing Your MediaSmart Server
- A Little Cash, A Little Elbow Grease, And A Little Time