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Did this site influence your decision to purchase the MediaSmart Server?
No, I found this site after I purchased my MSS 36%  36%  [ 97 ]
No, this site is a nice resource but other factors influenced my decision to buy the MSS 3%  3%  [ 9 ]
Yes, this site helped me decide not to buy the MSS 1%  1%  [ 3 ]
Yes, this site helped me decide to buy the MSS 58%  58%  [ 159 ]
Other, I just want to participate in this poll 1%  1%  [ 4 ]
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:42 pm 
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Icing on the cake for me. I knew very little about WHS so it was nice to find a knowledgeable forum for answers.


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It absolutely convinced me. Although being a HP Master ASE it was a subject I had no knowledge of. The help given to everyone involved made me certain it was the correct purchase.


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This site did not influence my decision to buy my original EX475, but it certainly allowed me upgrade it and to utilize it more effectively. Ultimately your site was instrumental in convincing me to purchase a EX495. Great site...keep it coming... :encore:


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:46 pm 
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Welcome, projekct and BLeeP!

The site depends on your support as well, responding to those items you can and keeping the rest of us honest and accurate!

It is only as good as we ALL make it!

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This site absolutely did influence me. I had been reading the posts here for several months prior to buying my MSS. The info here is great and I truly appreciate all that I was able to read. I look forward to learning more now that I have joined the "group".


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Welcome to MediaSmartServer.net....


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WOW!!! Based on the survey over 90% of those who visited before purchasing were influenced POSITIVELY TO BUY an MSS!

Impressive!

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Absolutely. Knowing that there is a vibrant community was a positive factor in my decision.


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michaeluram wrote:
Absolutely. Knowing that there is a vibrant community was a positive factor in my decision.


Many of us here are good looking, but I don't know about vibrant :mrgreen: Welcome to the family :mss:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:38 pm 
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Absolutely. Knowing that there is a vibrant community was a positive factor in my decision.


+1. I'm usually not confident that official customer support actually knows anything about the products they support. Information from the user community often means a lot more to me as they may have actually have experience with the products.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:16 am 
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My first post! Love this site, when researching home NAS servers on the web, this site consistently popped up with useful answers and extra helpful information.
I am just about to purchase a HP Mediasmart system, and this site has indeed influenced that decision.
What irks me a bit is the fact that I can't purchase the current latest model the EX495 - not yet available in UK and I don't fancy importing. I haven't quite given up on this yet, however I may just get the EX490 and possibly upgrade CPU/RAM later if needed - again this site is amazing for the useful information on the differences and upgrading options, it makes interesting reading and I don't even have a server yet!!
I have spent weeks deliberating on which manufacturer - even considered building my own, but spare time is something I don't have a lot of with 2 young kids, and what I like about HP in particular is their 'bolt-on' extra which hopefully will allow me to effortlessly back up boot images of my various home PC's and restore them easily in case of failure. If I got that wrong, please enlighten me.
I have a Buffalo Linkstation 1TB which has served its purpose; however it's rapidly filling up, so the need for more shared storage is strong. And of course I'm looking forward to 'free' remote access (currently pay Diino for 100GB of web storage), always-on lower-power-consumption hardware, home media-streaming, iPhone use, easy expansion for my media-enthusiast needs and hopefully even camera/surveillance/security monitoring.
Terrific site and great forums!


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Welcome, indy, thanks for the comments and feedback. While the EX495 isn't available in your area, I understand that the X510 DataVault should be available and it is identical hardware and software to the EX495. :encore:

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To re-iterate the comments here, knowing that there's active discussion in a vibrant community was a *critical* factor in deciding the buy the MSS.

This site, the microsoft technet discussions, and another community site helped me come to this conclusion that WHS & MSS were a viable replacement for an existing NAS.

I'd almost definately have gone for another basic NAS had these sites not been active.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:33 am 
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Re: While the EX495 isn't available in your area, I understand that the X510 DataVault should be available and it is identical hardware and software to the EX495


Thanks, Yazza, thats VERY helpful and timely - somehow I missed the X510 model in my research! The X510 is available from many suppliers in the UK in 1, 2 and 3TB formats with the faster cpu. I'd hate to have bought the EX490 and then discover this - close one!


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Awesome, glad to have helped! :mss:

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