Posted by: Colin Smith
I just purchased a Windows Home Server Device after much debate over what NAS solution would best fit my needs at home. After looking at multiple devices I found that none of them really seemed to do everything that I wanted and do it all well. After doing a lot of research I did find that a Windows Home Server met almost all of my requirments. The only thing that it does not have that I was looking for is a true RAID. I really want something that is going to keep all my data at home safe so I do not want it all on 1 disk. The Windows Home Server does do folder duplication and that should meet my needs. I would rather have a hardware raid but this should work. So I ended up getting a HP Mediasmart Home Server (Black). This comes with a single 1 TB drive and has 3 more bays for additional storage. Since I do not want all my data on a single disk I had to purchase at least one more disk in order to take advantage of the folder duplication to keep my data safe on two drives. So I went out and I bought 3 more drives. I got the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Hard Drive. This will boost my storage on the device to 4 TB and that should be plenty to hold all of my files including Media files like music and movies as well. This device will allow me to stream my media files to my Xbox 360 250GB Elite Console or my PlayStation 3. Also I will be able to access my files over the internet if I choose to set this up. This is a security concern for me so I need to look into that some more before I do it. This also has some good backup utilities that will let me backup all the computers in my house to this device so I will be able to restore files, or the entire image, if needed. I hope to get this in sometime today and I will write a better review once I have it set up.