HP EX470 500 GB MediaSmart Home Server Or Time Capsule?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by asanjuan, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. asanjuan macrumors newbie

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    Hey, just recently got my macbook pro and I was debating on getting time capsule to back up my mac. I now have come across a great deal to pick up an HP EX470 MediaSmart home server for a great price. My question is would it be better to get time capsule or go with the server? Both have a 500 GB hard drive, but it says that the server requires at least XP Professional to access it remotely. Is it compatible with a mac? Can I use the HD, or is it a waste and just stick with the time capsule?
    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. RGunner macrumors 6502a

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    I might be able to help...

    Have both here, the HP gets a lot more use... But then, we have windows clients here and a mac or two.

    You must have a windows machine to setup the HP, either through VPC or bootcamp, or some windows installation.

    The HP has a 500GB internal drive, and 3 more slots for 1TB+ each. As well as 4 USB 2.0 Ports and 1 external Port Multiplier eSata connection. Very well thought out. The ability to monitor and add / remove drives at will is extremely easy (from again, a windows client). Once it is setup, you can use a Mac to map to any of its shared folders. The backup script, seems to only pick up PC machines.

    The Time Capsule of course is a router (N) as well as a 500 drive with a USB port. It does do back-ups nicely...

    Email or post if you have specific questions :)
     

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