The first OEM systems equipped with Windows Home Server are leaking out on to the ‘Net, and it looks like HP is going to get the ball rolling with its MediaSmart Home Server. Prices for the units were accidentally posted on several sites, such as PC Mall and onSale.com, and it looks like the server will have a US list price of $596 for the 500GB version and $745 for the 1TB version. The listings were quickly pulled, no doubt because HP hasn’t officially announced them yet, but they are still available via the magic of Google cache. The systems are also listed on Amazon, albeit without prices.
The two models, dubbed the HP EX470 and EX475, both feature a 64-bit 1.8GHz AMD Sempron processor and have four slide-out drive bays that store standard SATA drives; the EX475 comes with two bays filled with 500GB drives each.
Both systems come preinstalled with the Windows Home Server operating system, as well as HP’s own Photo Webshare software, which makes it easy to share stored photos with other computers on the network, upload them to the Internet, and print them off directly or via HP’s Snapfish photo printing partner.
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