Sharp eyed reader Chuck Coleman has spotted a software update package for the HP MediaSmart Server and HP Storageworks X510 DataVault products. The software package shows a version of and appears to be the rumored Patch 2 release we’ve heard mentioned in the forums. The package does appear to be for all languages, and […]

If you are the proud owner of an earlier model of the HP MediaSmart Server such as the EX470/EX475/EX485/EX487, you’ve probably been reading the reviews and watching with a little bit of envy the new features available to owners of the more recent EX490 and EX495. A while ago, HP promised the community an update […]

HP has sent along the message that many of you have been anxious to hear for quite some time now: the 3.0 software update for the EX470/EX475/EX485/EX487 servers will be available later this week and will start shipping next week. I’ve had copies of the upgrade DVD’s for about two weeks now and have performed […]

As many of you have noticed, December is solidly here and we’re getting anxious to see the 3.0 Software Update for the EX470/EX475 and EX485/EX487 MediaSmart Servers. The last update we had from HP back in October indicated a December release date and an estimated price of $25 for the upgrade. Today we’ve got an […]

Owners of the first and second generation of the MediaSmart Server have been looking on the new 3.0 software that ships with the EX490 and EX495 with a bit of jealousy over the past few weeks. Back in May HP committed to delivering an upgrade for these customers so that they could be running the […]

If you’re a Mac owner and have been encountering the infamous “MAC Address” failure while trying to get your Mac set up with your MediaSmart Server, it looks like HP has a fix available that should resolve this issue. A forum member over at MediaSmartHome.com is reporting that HP Support gave him a new version […]

The Obligatory Disclaimer I have to note that while this process worked for me, it is not a supported upgrade process from either Microsoft or HP. If you try this, you do so at your own risk. The Premise It wasn’t long after the EX485/EX487 HP MediaSmart Servers were announced back in December that users […]

New forum member “ricks” has dropped word that HPShopping.com is offering the EX485 for $419 with free shipping, after $150 instant rebate and $30 of $150 with coupon code “SV2132″. Also, I’ve gotten word that this coupon code does seem to work with the HP Employee Purchase Program (EPP), so if your company participates in […]

Back in December of 2008 we first heard from HP that they had plans to introduce an Out of Warranty service option that would provide a way for MediaSmart Server customers to get factory service for failed or damaged Servers even after the warranty period had expired. There hasn’t been any further updates on when […]

Our friend and most verbose forum member George aka “SeaRay33″ has posted a nice deal at NewEgg, where they are offering the MediaSmart Server EX485 plus a 1TB Hitachi drive for $499 along with free shipping. Note that the EX485 includes the stock 750GB drive, so this will get you duplication of your important files […]