PC User: Time Capsule or MediaSmart Server

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Exen, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. Exen macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2009
    My apologies in advance if this is a topic that has been brought up much; however, I did not find one.

    I am in need of an external hard drive and since Apple recently updated their new TC, this has piqued my interest. For those of you who are Windows Vista PC users, does the new TC work well for you? I'm sure it does, but I wanted to ask the users first. Actually, for any PC TC user: how has your experience been?

    The other HDD I'm looking into is the HP MediaSmart Server--if anyone has any input on this too, that would be great.

    Thanks in advance for any help! :D
  2. Aegelward macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2005
    The Mediasmart might be a better solution, i heard that windows home server has become a far more stable platform than it was initially, and there seems to be quite an active community of plugin developers such as this site

    To be honest, as a Mac user, I'm tempted to get a Home Server platform based network storage unit
  3. Exen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2009
    Thanks a lot for the reply. After doing a bit more research, I think I will have to go with the MediaSmart server since I am a PC user and not sure when I'll be getting a mac. Well, I suppose this thread can be closed! Thanks again!
  4. bielen macrumors regular

    May 26, 2008
    New Jersey
    I have read that while The MediaSmart can backup a drive using Time Machine, it cannot do a full restore. You supposedly have to manually copy files. If this is true, this is a big flaw in the MediaSmart. Can any MediaSmart user confirm?
  5. bobnugget macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2006
    Kent, England
    Yes, this is true. Also, I've heard it can corrupt the Time Machine backups (not good! This might just be people getting confused with the Time Machine sparse image over SMB= corruption issue though). I haven't encountered this yet.
  6. pmcmvp macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2009
    people that have the hp mediasmart server, whats the best way to connect it to your netork? ie, ethernet? usb? enough to stream ripped dvds?
  7. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
  8. pmcmvp macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2009
    is it fast when network is loaded? ive read the transfer data rate is much slower, anyways if it can stream movies without any issues, im okay with it

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