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Windows Home Server “HP EX470/475” Adding a 500 GB Hard Drive

Want more backup and shared storage capacity for your WHS? It’s quick, easy and relatively inexpensive to add a 500 GB hard drive to your HP EX470/475 Home Server.

I chose the Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 3.5″ SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive from Egghead. The drive is quiet and reliable and Egghead has some of the best prices around (I spent just over $100 for mine). You can, of course, use any SATA drive you wish.

Now that you have a drive, just follow these simple instructions. There are no cables to attach and no tooled needed. It’s so easy, even a novice can do this with confidence.

  1. Pull out the lowest empty drive tray.

  2. With the hard drive connectors facing away from you, angle the drive into the left set of pins in the tray.

  3. Flex the plastic on the right to snap the 2 opposite pins into place.

  4. Slide the tray back into the computer. Do *not* push on the handle or the tray will not slide easily.

  5. Lower the front try hinge until it snaps (the LED should turn purple)

  6. Go to the Windows Home Server console (i.e. double click the tray icon)

  7. Click on Server Storage where you should see the drive you just added

  8. Highlight the drive and click Add.
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