HP-EX470 Windows Home Server
// November 26th, 2009 // Reviews
This little box is probably one of the best products I have ever purchased for myself. It took some convincing to get me to switch from freeNAS but I am more then happy with this servers performance.
I have since purchased an eSata port replicator(TR5M-B) to house up to 5 additional 2TB HDD’s for extra space. Even though the EX-470 only supports 4 additional HDD’s in the unit I spent the extra $15 and just hope some day they may fix that issue.
I am now in a holding pattern waiting for FedEX to deliver my TR8U to hold up to 8 more 2TB HDD’s, that’s up to 16TB of space. You can see below I have added the wire frame in anticipation for its arrival. Since the EX470 only supports a single eSata connector the additional storage must be connected via USB. After reading a couple of other reviews though it looks like two TR8U’s might be the limit. I am not even sure that the second will perform well enough to stream video from. Of course I will have to fill 16TB’s before I am ready to find out.
By this time you might be wondering what on Earth I am doing with this much space. Well its quite simple I back up all of my home computers and laptops including my Mac’s :). I also use this device coupled with a PopcornHour A-110 to serve as my multimedia center.
I am converting most of my movies over to Blu-ray which are about 8-16GB per movie. 2TB actually goes pretty quickly at that rate. Combine this with the fact that I have replication turned on for my video folder each movie is now taking up between 16GB and 32GB of storage.
I will make sure to post more screens once I have added the TR8U to the Windows Home Server and have more space.
Well the upgrade went fine, although the TR8U has a drive labeling issue as far as I am concerned. For whatever reason it labeled the bottom most disk “A” until I inserted the second disk at which point the bottom disk became disk “B”. After inserting disk three into the device the labeling was as follows. Disk 1 = “B”, Disk 2 = “A” and Disk 3 = “C”. I can’t wait to put a fourth disk in and see what it will label it.