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HP MediaSmart Server EX490

HP has very generously offered to give away one of their snazzy MediaSmart Servers—the EX490 with 1 terabyte of storage—to one lucky Photodoto reader!

This giveaway is sponsored by HP.

I haven’t used one of these but it’s an impressive bit of hardware on paper. In a few years, I wouldn’t be surprised to find new homes being sold with home media servers pre-installed—toilet, check; internet, check; media server, check.

A media server is primarily a storage device that can gather all of your photos, videos, and music and stream those files to your television, across your home network, or on the internet. Here’s a rundown of some of the things you can do with the HP MediaServer:

  • Automatically backup important files on multiple PCs or Macs on your home network.
  • Automatically collect, organize, and centralize your media files.
  • Publish photos directly from the server to Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, and Snapfish.
  • Share private photo albums with family and friends.
  • Stream photos, music, and videos to your TVs, gaming consoles, and computers.
  • Convert videos into formats that can be played on gaming consoles and mobile devices like iPhones.
  • Expandable to 17 terabytes.

Find out more about the HP MediaSmart servers at HP’s website.

HP MediaSmart Server EX490 How to enter / Official rules

To enter: leave one comment on this blog post explaining how you would use the MediaSmart server. Include your full name and email address (email addresses are not published or shared but are required for verification and to contact the winner).

One entry per person. Entries must be received by midnight November 6, 2009 (Pacific time). One winner will be selected randomly. The winner will be announced on Photodoto.com on or around November 6, 2009.

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The fine print:

Sweepstakes is open to all U.S. Citizens that are legal residents of the United States except Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories and employees of Photodoto and its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and production agencies, and their immediate families and household members are not eligible. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter as of promotion start date: October 22, 2009. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted. By entering this Sweepstakes, participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Photodoto and/or its agents. Odds of winning prize depend on the number of eligible entries received.

One Winner will be randomly drawn from all eligible entries received. The Winner will receive an HP MediaSmart server model EX490 (total value: $550) shipped directly from HP or their agent. Winner is responsible for all federal, state and local taxes associated with acceptance and use of prize. Prizes are not transferable. No substitution of prizes permitted except at Photodoto’s option, including Photodoto’s right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if advertised prize is unavailable.

Winners will be selected in a random drawing on or about November 6, 2009 from the aggregate of all eligible entries received. Awarding of prizes will be conducted by Photodoto, whose decisions are final on all matters relating to the promotion. Photodoto will notify the Winner via e-mail. If the Winner cannot be contacted within 72 hours of notification, an alternate Winner will be selected from the remaining eligible entries. Any prize notification or prize returned as undeliverable will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate Winner. Prize will be mailed to the U.S. mailing address provided by the Winner. The Winner will be required to provide a valid U.S. mailing address and phone number.

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  • Laura

    I would use this to store all my photos for sure… seems like I could do a lot with this machine!

  • Mark Kinsey

    I would use the MediaSmart server to tie together the increasing number of computers in my house. Allowing them all access to one central media area. How nice would that be.

  • I l-o-v-e taking photos (which is why I have become a loyal reader of Photodoto in the first place…). My photos are accumulating and hogging my computer’s hard drive. I do back up my photos online, but would like a fast and easy access from my computer (without having to re-download them from my web based back up).

  • Jason DeTiberus

    I could most definitely use one of these.

  • I would use it for photo storage. I could finally look at my old photos without sifting through fifty billion old DVDs.

  • Jonathan Godwin

    I would use this to collect all of my photos and videos of family & friends in one place and publish them to the internet for family to see. Currently, I have multiple external hard-drives that I use for storing these files and any time family wants to view them, I have to figure out which one has the files and then plug in the hard-drive for them to view the files.

  • Definitely would use this for backing up photos; we’ve got 4 photographers in the house (me, wife, oldest two kids) sharing 3 or 4 computers, and I sure can’t keep up with backing up all that data ad hoc and by hand.
    Would love something big and centralized like this.

  • Sheila

    Would love to have this so all of our computers could share files.

  • JC

    I’d move all the photos and files from the old external HD over to this as the main backup.

  • Jamie

    Backup photos from several computers

  • I’d use this as my primary photo backup and to stream pictures and music to my TV.

  • Jennifer Moore

    I would use it as my primary photo storage and free up space on my laptop for processing. I would be delighted to finally have the space to process again.

  • 500GB would obviously go into securely storing my blood and sweat that go into my professional workflow.

    The other *499GB would be dedicated to my tears…the tears of pain and suffering that came from losing the last 2 years of having shot Broadway, live theatre, celebrities, curtain calls, parties, press lines, premieres, headshots, etc that were on an external hard drive that bit the big one the night before (!) transferring them to a new one.

    *1GB of tears would be set aside exclusively for the great shot (with eye contact) that I had of Steven Spielberg and Billy Crystal together after they had seen West Side Story on Broadway.

  • Wow, this would be great a photo backup, and also allow me to easier share my photos with the other member of my household – not to mention our vast music collection!

  • Up to 17TB should last for a while ;-) At least I do not have to worry about shooting at highest resolution.

  • Cheryl Foster

    I would use it to combine the 3 external drives of photos and music I have and keep it them all in one location, plus pc back up and streaming to the TV.

  • I would use the MediaSmart server to centralize the storage of my photos and music. Right now I have files on several machines with network shares and making backups is a pain. Would be nice to not keep my main desktop on so I can play music from my HTPC.

  • Herb

    As my photo/music/movie collection grows, the MediaServer would give me more room to store and share everything on my network.

  • I would use it as encouragement to start taking more pictures in order to fill it up!

  • Megan

    I would definitely use this to back up our music and photos.

  • James Strickland

    I would use this to replace my old P4 server. I would have to be faster than what I have.

  • I would serve-up my 25,000 photos onto the living room TV — the ultimate digital picture frame. And use Windows Media Center to watch Netflix. Sweet. Thanks for the chance.

    • Justin

      I would use it to backup my PCs and store my photos and video for watching on the big TV. Hopefully I can get ESPN360.com running on it…

  • For my pictures of course! I’m closing out on my second external HD and could use a TB!

  • I would use it to:

    – Automatically backup important files on multiple PCs or Macs on your home network.
    – Automatically collect, organize, and centralize your media files.
    – Stream photos, music, and videos to your TVs, gaming consoles, and computers.
    – Convert videos into formats that can be played on gaming consoles and mobile devices like iPhones.

  • Bernika Green

    I would use this to oraganize all the photos I have of my students and their projects. It would make our Design Day run much more smoothly. I can only imagine not having to burn photos cd’s on one pc just to put them on another. It would be grand to host design day 2010 with all photos and music files in one location!

  • Catherine

    Like an earlier commenter, I would love to be able to organize all of my external hard drives (heck-internal ones too!) into one central place. I have photos and movies scattered all over the place.

  • David W. Bailey

    I could backup my 50,000 or so photos and music files. Lastly I could start those video documentaries I have in the works.

  • Sara Strickland

    If I won this, I would give it to my husband just so I could see how excited he would be!

  • I would use the HP MediaSmart server to consolidate and backup all of our media — especially digital photo files! Love HP products.

    P.S. My birthday is November 6th… this would be a really sweet little present. ; )

  • Sandy Lidbury

    This sounds wonderful. We have 4 computers in the house and I have separate hard drives for photos, videos, music and backup…to unite them seamlessly would be great.

  • Hello. I’m Benny.

    …and I am a multimedia junkie!!!

    TONS of digital photos, videos and music have overwhelmed my current home network and external hard drives.

    It’s really tough when your whole family is tech-savvy and digital entertainment is a part of daily life — being the default network admin and support guru is a constant challenge…

    Please make me a hero in my family’s eyes by giving me this wonderful new HP MediaSmart server and 1 terabyte of storage! Much like the caveman who dragged home the largest animal for feeding of his family, I will reign supreme in our household (until it is consumed, anyway…).

  • Chris

    Centralized music and photo storage, as well as dvd backups. Booya!

  • I’m a budding photographer with a fairly minimal set of tools right now. Even my computer needs a desperate upgrade. The Media Server would help me to consolidate all of my current images to one location. I’d like to be able to feel comfortable shooting more images without the risk of overwhelming my PCs meager hard drive.

  • Linda Al-Sangar

    The best use for something like this would be to store inventory information for my library of gardening books and reference material that I have opened to members of my garden group – Gardening Partners Association of Dickson County. And of course all the photos from our community projects and membership data.

  • James P

    Thanks to PhotoDoto and HP for sponsoring the giveaway! This machine would become the keystone in my home network. All other machines would backup data to this box (no more carrying the external HD from computer to computer), it would also be the central media server for the rest of the network, as well as a staging area for web development projects.

  • I would use the server to store client photos for longer than my current rate of a year, providing clients with a great sense of security and service.

  • Eric Elliott

    I would use it for backup of my computers, and for storage of my photos, videos and music.

  • Christion

    I’d use this to the max – for backing up files, uploading to flickr/picasa, streaming to other computers, and love it forever! Thanks…

  • taf

    Would love to have one of these. All my media in one central place accessible throughout the house. Plus the auto backup feature would be killer. I have photos on cds, floppies, flash drives, and external hard drives, and it still never fails that I lose old pictures to the death of some machine or or other always before I make a backup.

  • I’d love to have one not only for storing photos but for backing up my family’s fleet of laptops and ever-increasing library of music and movies. We’re a Mac family, but have three xbox 360s so having a Windows media server would be awesome for pushing all that media content to our other rooms!

  • I have 2 big reasons to use this: a mew father and a photographer. Having all my photos and videos in one place and accessible would definitely improve my overall productivity. Also, having all of my new daughter’s photos in one place will make it easier to create those slideshows the family loves to see of her!

    Thanks HP and Photodoto!

  • Storage, storage and more storage! Now that I’ve got a good digital camera my storage needs have skyrocketed! No more slow hard drive searches, no more worrying if I’ve got room to shoehorn another SATA in there!

  • This looks like something I could most certainly use for storing my graphic design work and my hundreds of photos…… and I’d love to poublish my home videos on Facebook so my family and friends back in Scotland can view them. It would also make sharing media files on our home network SO much easier!

  • Would love to have this as a better and easier backup solution for my umpteen digital photos and scans…

  • divrchk

    I would use this to back up all of the laptops floating around my house. Awesome!

  • Dustin

    This is an easy one. I would use it a centralized server for all my media. I have way too much as it is and I’m trying to convert my dvds for easier viewing so this would be a huge help.

  • A single device for storing all our photos and videos would become the center of our home network. While storage is one thing, the different avenues of accessing the data is the compelling piece for me. The thought of delivering photo’s, video and music to multiple devices from one source without rendering any system inactive is awesome indeed.

    Not to mention, I have three very small kids and truth be told this is not the kind of purchase I’d likely ever make but do often daydream about.

  • lvtrance

    I would use it to store all my pictures and movies

  • Becci

    I’d use it to store my summer clothes, haha, just joking, I would keep the all of the pictures my husband and I take on our photowalk dates.

  • Linda Lansford

    I would give it to my friend who is really into photos

  • Michelle W

    I would move all of my music and photos and free up a lot of space on my computers.

  • Brian

    This would be the perfect backup server to store and share photos for everyone in the house.

  • Fabio

    I have an aging “franken-nas” running linux. Please show me how easy and pleasant an HP box can be!

  • Jaque Richards

    I have so many personally valuable photos stored on my computer, I would use the MediaSmart server to protect and store photos and information.

    Thank you. :-)

  • Gary McLaughlin

    I would use it to back up my photos and mp3’s.

  • I would use it to store audio, video and photos for a couple non-profits I volunteer for and do their websites. I’d also use it for our family photos so my wife’s computer, my laptop and my kids could access the files. In addition, I’d probably use the extra space to create a couple more websites to help those in our area that are homeless and/or out of work to fine help and resources to get them going again.

  • Mae

    I would use the server to store all my pictures and movies to share and stream on my network.

  • This is one of our dream devices for our family! We need the space for photos and videos, we rip all our movies these days. And man, it would be so thrilling to say we had one. Street cred would go waaaay up.

  • flared0ne

    I’m going to have to research the capabilities of this device. Because, given recent recommendations of using a bootable CD to load a read-only UBUNTU image (for any form of online banking, bill payments, anything to do with money), I’m looking for a boot server device as well as a media server — I’m hoping to be able to have any one of several PCs in the house boot off a single networked point.

    Beyond that, we have several digital media sources accumulating a tidal-wave of content (digital cameras, camcorders, DVR, game consoles, etc) — I assume this server also includes some archival hardware (burn files to DVD, etc).

    More efficient living thru technology, full speed ahead! And thanks for the chance, BTW!!

  • Melissa Kobielnik

    I would love to store my photos. I am tech savy. I love this pick me. :)

  • Andy H.

    Almost bought a refurbed EX470 yesterday from NewEgg. I can wait and hopefully enjoy this one. Nothing like having a backup of your life in one machine. Windows Home Server rocks as a backup tool.

  • If I won the HP MediaSmart server EX490, I would be able to move all of my music and photos off of my desktop system that is currently filling the role of centralized server (rather poorly). I would set up all three laptops and the one desktop to be backed up automatically; something I really need. To top it all off, I’m fairly certain that I would be able to stream music or videos from it to my XBox 360 in the living room (which would be really cool).

  • I would use it to store the photos we have in several devices. We have digital since 2000 and scanned photos for all the ones before. It is hard to maintain several devices and the terrabyte would be useful.

  • Terry Basham

    I would use it to back up my photos and mp3’s.

  • Joe

    I would use the HP Mediaserver to store my digital media (especially family photos and videos–we have many), store my media downloads, and stream content from the Internet into my tv.

  • I think I have 10K+ photos of just my kids, not to mention all the others. I need some serious back up.

  • Loc Vu

    I would keep all of my music, family photos, and home movies on the server. I would also back up my existing movies so if my kid scratches the DVD’s I’m not worried. :)

  • christopher h

    i’d use it to save all my photos and videos

  • Would use it as an alternative backup solution to what I have in place currently, which is two mirrored external drives.

  • Oh goodness, the photography that I could back up and store on this baby…

  • Vicky H.

    I would back up all of my photos, videos, and art work onto it since I have SO MANY of their files.

  • Tess

    I’m in desperate need of more storage for my photos! Turns out that when you photograph your family’s every day life you fill up a lot of space… :)

  • Theresa Jenkins

    With 3 daughter and 4 grandkids and counting …I have a lot of Media files and I’m still learning to operate it all

  • Andreas Danielsson

    Since 1,5 months ago I’m a father and i would like to keep my photos of my little son safe.

  • Bernard Siao

    Ideally I would use this as the ultimate backup solution for all the machines in my house, as well as serving media not only to my computers, but also to the PS3 which is the centerpiece of my entertainment system.

  • Michael Kuhl

    I have tons of pictures I could put on this to back them up.

  • Michael Kuhl

    I have a lot of pictures that I need to back up. This would be perfect!

  • Felix Rodriguez

    I would love to win this HP Media Smart Server. I’ve been eyeing it on the internet since they started advertising it.

  • Would use it as a real backup solution for all my digital content.

    My current solution is actually burning DVDs… quite old school :(

  • Andrew Leonhard

    I need it to share and backup the photos I have scattered over 3 computers.

  • Scott Bergman

    This would be great for keeping our households music, photos and videos accessible for everyone instead of hopping from computer to computer.

  • i’d like to use it for all my mom’s media.
    She is a photographer and has so much data
    making her PC slow!

    (plus what a great gift)

  • Pamela Callahan

    I need a place to store my photos that is safe. Our computer is getting old and I have thousands of photos saved on it, which probably doesn’t help. I am just afraid the computer will crash and I will lose all of my photos

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  • Gavin Robinson

    Me and my wife can keep all are photos in place
    that way im the one who can delete them

  • Martin Lauritsen

    I would be a great way for our familie to store and share all of our photo’s, music, video’s and documents. So we all can enjoy the same files, no matter in witch room, computer or TV used.
    A true MediaServer for our home.

  • Mike P

    To me the dream of a media smart server is exactly as the name implies.. to serve my media around the house. I have a few Xbox 360’s that I bought so they are in all the rooms we spend time in. I’d love to use them in conjunction with my PC so we can stream media from one central location to everywhere. This is especially important now that I have a baby and I’d love to set up a play list of his favorite baby einsteins so I don’t have to change out a disk every 1/2 hour.

  • Gary A Bushey

    I would store all my pictures, video, music, and documents on it so that I can access them from any computer in the house

  • Andrew Gordon

    I’d be using it to view all our photos from online sources and our videos on youtube.

  • Rodney Hayhurst

    I’d use the HP as most of us would. As a killer backup, and storage device.

  • I would use it a central location for all photos and a backup for the photography business.

  • Carol

    Holy Toledo, I would save all my photos and movies! Great giveaway, talk about something I could really use.

  • richard pigott

    I would use the amazingly flexible power of the device by adding a further 1TB drive to have it mirrored (safe and sound then).
    I would then move my photos, music and video from several smaller drives all over to the HP drive, where it could be easily accessed by everybody in the house in a secure way, knowing my data would be safe and accessible :) Brilliant.

  • I love taking pictures and have been known to fill up a one gig chip in just a few hours. Knowing I’d have a place to store all the photos I’ve taken (let alone everything else) would give me some real piece of mind. And free up space on our home computers so the darn things could run faster. Thank you for the opportunity.

  • My plan for the server is mostly for my photographic needs, but it’ll definitely be used for a whole house media server. I’m building a house and have hoped all along, that I would eventually be able to afford a server to provide video and/or audio to various rooms, but be centrally controlled.
    This server will have additional disk arrays so provide room for all the media I hope to provide.

  • John

    After using the server to back up my existing computers I would like to hook up a web cam system for home surveillance. Along with the web cam I would interface a Davis Instruments weather station to monitor and view the weather while away from home. It would be great to be uploading and share with others pictures taken while sitting on the beaches of Florida or The Virgin Islands to the Home Server while also watching those cold snowing winter days over the web cam. Life would be grand.

  • I could definitely use one of these to help story my ever-growing photo library. I’m currently stuck using an old PC with two small drives as a file storage server and room is always an issue when trying to back up some of my clients’ photos.

  • Dan L.

    I would use it to backup my main computer which currently stores all my lightroom catalogs. Man I hope that thing doesn’t crash.

  • Debbie Clark

    If I was the lucky winner, I would be able to store my photos in one place. And then, I could start a back-up process. By the way, I enjoy your daily post and I have learned alot.

  • Melissa Becker

    I make music videos as a side job for weddings and events. This would be a great way to back them up, but also to show potential clients by streaming them to my TV instead of watching them on a small computer screen.

  • To share and backup my files as my computer and to couple with Live mesh ;)

    I tryed it is the best product i found to do all that! I would like to have one at home!

  • Sébastien Laburte

    So long I’m waiting for a HP MediaSmart Server … only slow 47x models are available in France so far… and 495 will apparently not be imported …

    So if I had a MediaSmart Server what would I do ? So many things :

    1. Automate Backups of all the family : getting tired of digging hard drives looking for my wife’s delicious cake recipee (“I deleted it by mistake, Seb !” ), kids homeworks (“kicking the computer does not solve homeworks, son. But I can restore your file”) …
    2. Organize all the family multimedia mess : It seems that no one but me takes half a minute per week to classify multimedia files an understandable way. Looks like number of multimedia files on our 3 computers is equal to the number of folders and subfolders that contain the files …
    3. Once organized, all these could be more easily streamed to the LCD tv upnp player … stop spending 20 min each time one of us want to watch a 40 min movie …
    4. Share baby’s latest photos to all the family without having to struggle for life with web photo sharing services quota and upload time…
    5. Host my wordpress blog … blog sweet blog in my home sweet home …
    6. … sure I miss something else, but I’m sure at use I could discover dozens of other interesting features for a WHS/Media Smart Server.

    So what a mediasmart server would change : it would be one place for all !

    Thx for organizing the contest !

  • Don

    I would use it to back up my small business computers to prevent future data loss.

  • Heather S

    I would use it for my music and photos to have them all in one place

  • Tyler Breuch

    Oh man, what wouldn’t I use this for?

    1. Media server for our home, serving up music through the SqueezeCenter add-in and video to my HTPC.
    2. Backups for all the computers in the house.
    3. Redundant photo and document storage.
    4. Torrent server.
    5. FTP server.

  • Neil Deadman

    I’d use it to store all the photos I’ll be taking with my new DSLR plus all my existing photos. I’d have one central place for my memories and wouldn’t have to worry about running out of disk space or making sure they are backed up when I need to do a fresh install of Windows. It would be so sweet :D

  • I would use the MediaSmart server to storage the my movie and music collection. But most importantly as a backup for my website’s content and my photographs which are irreplaceable.

  • Ann F

    We would move all our photos and music to the server which would free up space on all our computers and also make sure everyone has easy access to the latest data.

  • josh pearl

    I would use an EX490 to better organize all my media and make sure all my computers are immune to data loss

  • John Luckett

    I would use it to backup my 3 Macs and 3 PCs as well as use it as a media hub for my photos, videos and music files.

  • I would use it to put all my photos on, music, and when I have family over it’d be great to stream it to the TV so we’re all not crowded around the TV.

  • Lina

    I would use it to overwrite the Matrix and store my entire life on it =)

  • I would use it to centrally host all my music, pictures, video, and documents, and use JungleDisk to back up pictures and home video to Amazon S3.

  • brad

    I would love to upgrade to this from the lx195 and give that to my mother to backup family photos and art projects she works on.

  • Sweet looking equipment! I’d use it as backup for the various computers in the house, and likely as a media server for my music as well.

  • Matt Opsahl

    This thing would finally get me into a full geekdom!

  • Johnny Loo

    I will use it to backup and centralize storing all my music and photos. In addition, I will add Exchange server to it, if possible, so that I can sync everyone’s calendar and emails.

  • Seth Turetsky

    I have video on my wife’s mac and my photos(raw and jpeg) on my pc. Would love an easy way to back them both up. Now that I have a 6 month old, my video and photo collection is booming but my tech budget isn’t :)

  • This is a great piece of equipment and would be used as a backup location and a media streaming server for all of the other machines in my network.

  • Ian F

    I would cancel my cable service if I had one of these. The ability to have all my video in one box and have the ability to stream stuff right in my living room would own so hard.

  • Tracey Byram

    I would use it to backup all my files and store my music.

  • Brad Anger

    I would use this for backing up my home computers, as well as my Windows server box, and use it for streaming media to my iPod.

  • Charles Weinberg

    I would use it to back up my mac mini, store all my movies!

  • I am just starting up my own photography business and am in desperate need of storage for my photos. I haven’t yet created a good workflow and have thousands of photos sitting on my computer, and could really use this to store older photos to make room for ones I take now for my budding business!

  • Connor Middleton

    I would use it to keep in touch with family and Military friends all over the world with sharing pictures. After 8 years in the Air Force, I have several Gigs of pictures and all of my friends always want copies. What better way than for them to just choose what they want.

  • David Mullis

    I am a bit of a techno-geek. I’d like to have it so I can backup all my PCs, use the remote desktop portion, share out files with family privately, but also my gig photos publicly, use the add-ons for hosting my own website, record tv shows on my media center and have it compress em for my iphone, and also use it as a central place to store software for clean installs on my PCs n such. Oh, and lookin at the plug-ins, use the outlook for whs plug-in to keep my private e-mail off my work pc, and use it for some small automation projects for halloween, chrissmuss and new years parties with the mwave plug in n my x10 hardware…

  • Brigitte Walsh

    I would use the HP MediaSmart server for backing up files on our computers, storing and sharing photos, organizing our various media, and many other ways I would discover after using it; you name it, the possibilities are many!


  • Elena E.

    This would be mostly used for backing up–there are four computers used in my house, both Mac and PC. My husband takes a lot of photos that we wouldn’t want to lose, and we all share an iTunes library. Thanks for the contest!

  • joe hansen

    I would use it to back up my business computer and share photos with family

  • Eric Franchuk

    Backing up my home computers and my all important photos of my kids! Being able to stream my media wouldn’t hurt either!

  • I would Upgrade my big home built WHS Box with this Slick Compact HP495 Windows Home Server with it’s Advanced Software.

  • Douglas Shieh

    My uses for a MSS are varied. I’ll definitely use it for storage of my media files: photos, videos, and MP3. With remote access I’ll be able to share them with my friends and family. I can also stream them to my iPod touch, PS3, and smartphone. With duplication I’ll have backups locally, and with Amazon S3 I’ll have backups in the cloud too. It’s about time we find all this functionality in one little box like the HP MSS.

  • Theodore

    Interesting contest.
    If I were to win I would use it to connect every computer in my household, since there are a lot. I have the curse of knowing just a little about computers so everyone always comes to me asking how to do this and that so it would be nice to have an amazing tool like this server to help with backup, giving everyone a place to put their pictures and videos that they don’t have to worry about where did they leave it on their computer.
    I wish the best of luck to everyone entering.

  • James Walker

    If I had this HP windows media server. I would put all my 5 year old’s DVD’s and share them out to the LCD TV and his computer so that 1) he could watch them on his computer 2) protect the dvd’s from “scratch” of doom that a 5 year can put on a DVD. 3) Put all the digital photos me and my wife have taken over the years and make them avaible for viewing on our LCD TV. Backup my computer, my sons and my wife computer and the list goes on and on…

  • amber

    I would love to backup my personal computers on this, and store music and video files. This would also be great to store files for my new business I just started. Thanks for the chance!

  • Gary Strek

    I would use it to store and backup photos taken on scuba diving trips.

  • james Payton

    would be perfect to backup the 6 computers in my apt… And how great if it would do the 3 tivos

  • Mike S

    I have been working at a camera and film company for almost 29 years, and I’ve had access to free film and developing. I literally have tens of thousands of photos, and about half are physical prints – waiting to be scanned. This server would be the perfect home for all of my photos . . .

  • Sean henderson

    I would use it to better organize my multimedia files.

  • Peter Piotto

    I would use it as a back for our home network. that way all the computers could access it.

  • Pamela Ray

    I would use this for all my photos and music.

  • Sean

    I plan on giving it as a Christmas present to my parents. They run their own business and also work for another business at the same time. They need to seperate their personal business on the Windows Home Server as well as backup their mobile laptops while they are out of the office. The build training videos and I want to make sure they can stream them both out to the Internet and inside their home office.

    Additionally, I want to have an account on the server so I can remotely add photos of their extended family right to their computer. If I can win the WHS for free, I’ll be able to afford the second portion which is the media extender so they can view these family photos on the TV in the living room.

  • Philip Alban

    I would finally have a safe place for all my RAW files and other photos…

  • Tomasz Sliwowski

    To server as a central backup for all my networked computers.

    To serve media to my PS3 and Xbox360.

    And because my EX470 needs upgrading :-D

  • Karin

    I would use it to back up my computer, and also to store my photos and music.

  • Jacqueline Kjono

    My roommate, Carol and I are vidders. We like to make music videos out of random footage to share them with our friends.

    We have always told people that we live in multi-standard cross-platform heaven because we can play just about any kind of video file somewhere in our house. We have Mac, a PC, zip drives, thumb drives, an orb drive (remember those?), piles of home-burned cd’s and dvd’s, a multi-standard DVD player, a Pal VCR, an editing VCR and even an ancient Betamax which may or may not still function.

    Now that we have seen the HP MediaSmart server, we realize that there is something missing.

    Between us, we have thousands of video files saved on dozens of different drives in hundreds of different formats with no organizational system at all. Carol’s PC is in the basement. If she needs a file that she thinks I may have captured on my Mac (second floor), she makes puppy eyes at me until I send her the file via instant messaging. With file sizes of 300 gigs or higher, instant messaging is not quite as instant as you might think.
    Of course, if we actually want to watch a video we have made, we will want to do that in the living room on the first floor where there is comfortable seating and a larger screen. This means either burning the file to a DVD or not-so-instant messaging it to the old G4 attached to the television.

    The HP MediaSmart would make it possible for both of us to know what we have, save us quite a bit of duplicated effort and make our metric ton of outdated and outmoded equipment work together like Voltron Force. With HP MediaSmart, we could save the world.

  • HG

    Need I say more (than simple backup and excellent sharing mechanism)… but turns out we can do more: run virtual machines, SVN, websites, ASP/php… the list is endless…

  • Christopher Dao

    I have 2 desktops and 2 laptops in the household. Backing up these computer using image-base backup software is time and storage space comsuming. I’d like to use the EX490 instead.

  • Angie Ng

    My husband spends alot of time backuping files and computers for the family. I want him to have the EX490 so he can spare some time for his son.

  • John OBrien

    Definitely would set it up to backup all the photos and key documents from the home network, and I’d like to try to use it for home theater downloads.

  • Backup and archive photos, family files and documents as well as three computers.
    I would like to use this machine to enable WebDav support for personal folders allowing the user to access files away from home as well.

    This machine would be used to its fullest potential backing up huge raw files from both Nikon and Canon cameras.

  • Marshall M

    I have the EX470. I love it and use it to backup all my computers and share out movie and music files with my kids. I like to donate the box to my local volunteer ambulance service. It would be great way to backup the computers we use there and provide a single spot to store all the training materials for the group.

  • Brian Miyake

    This would be great to organize all my pictures, movies, music and general back up of my HP laptop.

  • Erik Renaud

    I would use to explore writing addins in the field of home automation… imagine a Windows Home Server that can close the blinds…

  • This would be a fantastic upgrade to my existing backup solution. Living in So Cal I’m always aware of the need to have a backup of my burgeoning photo collection in the event of fires/earthquakes etc..

  • We recently moved into a new bigger place and now the computers in the house will sit further apart in different rooms. This server will be a great way to keep everything from the PCs backed up and accessible to each other.

    With the new place, I would also love to get into home automation and this server will be a great place to start. Thanks!

  • Being a semi-pro photographer, I have over 10.000 images I have taken over the years. I need a computer capable of organizing and storing them as well as lot let me process them in high quality. I would love to have the HP MediaSmart server + 1 terabyte of storage!Thank you.

  • Jeff

    Well, I’d certainly use it to serve up backup my photos.

  • welchwerks

    I would love to share my family photos with my extended family from the east coast, and protect my photos from being deleted by crashing computers and alike.

    Thanks for listning

  • Marlene Patterson

    Oh my gosh! I am an amateur photographer and the HP MediaSmart would be awesome to own. I could store all of my photographs and use it to store other valuable files.

  • Monique Rizzo

    I really need a way to back up! Thanks for the chance.

  • Charles McIntyre

    That’s a lot of storage!

  • kaying

    I would back up all the files from our laptops in one place to help my family preserve all the Music, Photos and videos. Then we could stream the media to every room in the house.

    I do not want to pay the recovery costs.

  • Drew

    I would backup all my photos…and make sure I also set-up one of the Amazon add-ins so I was backing up to the cloud. Never too safe…

  • Monica Lancaster

    I have four 500 gig hard drives attached to my computer because of all the picutes and documents I have. This would really be a treat.

  • Ryan

    I just bought a film scanner to start digitizing old family photos and slides. This would be perfect to store them on and post them online for family to see and share.

  • Melanie MacLean

    I would love to have this to back up my files, especially my thousands of photos & use it in future photography based business. It would make organization a bit easier, too.

  • Timmy

    As a pro photographer, I have thousands of images I have taken over the years. I need a storage system capable of organizing, storing, and processing them in high quality. I could also stream my favorite movies into an awesome DVR system!

  • Amal Prasad

    i’m out of a job and spend more time with my 15 month old son taking literally hundreds of digital pics a day. this sure could come in handy especially since i can stream photos to friends and family :-)

  • Heidi Gail

    I would use it to back up my husband’s and my own computers. I am scanning in about 40 years worth of photos and could use a large back up devise.

  • RG

    I would use it for backing up all my home computers. It is going to be my media hub. It is going to host my media (pictures, home videos) for my folks that are remotely located. I’m going to use it to remotely access my home pc when I’m on road.

  • Daniel Au

    I would use it to back up the 6 laptops i have as well as 2 pcs. And then to further use it to stream converted video to my ps3 or xbox 360

  • jack anderson

    i would use this for-ever. i have lots of music, ripped from my album collection. lots of photos as well.
    This machine would be my graphics engine as well.
    Maybe even used to play a game or two.

  • Trent

    Back up my photos and other documents.

  • Le Chong

    This baby would be my server and disaster recovery all in one!

  • lisa

    I would use this to back up my photos as well as share my photos with friends and family.

  • Shane

    This server would be a great way to keep everything from the PCs backed up. I would also love to stream media to my tv.

  • Brandy M.

    I would use it to back up files, and store sprecious memories of our brand new duaghter. My Husband would play games and streamline from his console. Also it free up our dinosaur of a computer, hard drive space.

  • Jennifer B.

    I would finally be able to backup both my family and work files and keep them organized and protected. (especially photos and music files)

  • Estelle

    I would use this to as a back up for our photos and my husband’s schoolwork. I also have tons of music that I could use this for.

  • Heath

    I would use it to back up all my PCs, as central storage for all media, and to distribute that media to several computers and media players throughout the house.

  • Jason

    I would use the HP Media Server for a number of things. First, it would house all my backed-up music and movies so I could share them with my PS3. Second I would use it as an off-site back-up for my parents photos, of which there are plenty. This would give them the satisfaction of having their photos backed-up without having to worry about going through some company to do it. Plus they could access my music… not that they would want to. But I could up their music as well.

  • paul yantko

    i’d use this to store my music & photo libs, run home automation software (light, irrigation and security) and general server file sharing… thanks!

  • I would use it to back up/store all of my family photos and video and make them available on our home network…

  • Paul S.

    I need a great place to back up digital pictures and mp3s. Additionally the Windows Home Server would allow me to access all this content from my XBox 360. Sweet!

  • Paul

    I would use it as a DVD Archive which would be easy to set up by using the PS3 Media Server which can natively transcode DVD (ISO) images. This way, kids can watch all the cartoon DVDs and yet not have to handle (break or scratch) the actual DVDs.

  • Kalani

    We would use it to backup our photos as well as share them w/ friends & family… Plus my husband has gaming dreams…
    inalak at msn dot com

  • Jeff Griesel

    I would love to get an official HP WHS so I can get my Macs backed routinely. I would also use it to move all our important data to, so that we can keep it backed all the time.

  • Angela J

    I like the photo features, sharing and all.

  • Chris

    I would donate it to charity.

  • Scott Blair

    Being able to securely backup all my videos, photos and music and then stream them to iPhone would be great.

  • Duane Couture

    It will get used as a backup for all of my important family photos and other important documents. It will also be used to backup all of my pc’s and serve as my email server.

  • Daniel Bates

    I would use it to store all of my school work. My mother would use it to back up all of her papers and worksheats(she is a teacher)

  • Tracy W.

    I have thousands of images and videos that would store nicely on this device.

  • Reginald S

    I would upload all my favorite songs from my 400 plus cds so I could have more space, and I would load all my home movies of the kids.

  • JT

    I would use it to backup my PCs, TimeMachine for my Mac and sharing/streaming to my 360.

  • Jonathan Sidhu

    We’d archive photos and slides that I have slowly been digitizing and have a backup for 3 computers in the house.

  • Brenda Lee

    dad dabbles in photography! this would be a wonderful win so I could share it for christmas. :)

  • Ray

    Would store all my digital photos and HD movie files

  • Andrew Perl

    I would use this to store and organize over 40GB of photos and 100GB of iTunes. I can also use it to backup the fout laptops and one desktop in my house.

  • Richard France

    This is the networked storage and streaming solution that I would love to have.

  • Jen

    I am QUICKLY filling up the space on my laptop and 500GB backup drive I have, so this would be fantastic. I’m a web designer so I have a ton of files for my business, plus I got an SLR about 6 months ago so my photos are taking up lots of space as well. I need BACKUP! :)

  • Vinc Duran

    I’m excited about the new servers! I’d protect all my family’s important digital data. Music, writings, the PC’s themselves. I also understand I can use my network attached Tivo to easily view pictures, video, and music on our family TV.

  • I like that it can be used to share as well as store. I would use it for photos and music

  • I would use it to send pictures to my wireless picture frame and to make backups of my machines.

  • Justin

    This would provide a fantastic solution for backing up all of my digital video footage. Currently, I don’t have enough local drive space to back it up. I could also centralize the music library for everyone in the house.

  • Aaron Lloyd

    HP’s WHS is the answer to my prayers! I’m an avid digital photographer, and with these huge MegaPixel resolutions, storage space is always a premium. What I liked to do is download my pictures from my camera to a temporary folder on my desktop, then burn these folder to a DVD. Once there, I read, display, and edit them, then re-burn the fixes to a new disk. That way I keep my originals and edit’s seperately. With a WHS, I can store my pictures and videos there, and have duplication enabled to provide me with a safety net incase a drive fails. I can also then store more things on the working computer, and know that WHS’s backup will save everything automatically for me.

  • Ryan S.

    I’d backup all our families photos & videos to preserve our lifetime of memories!

  • Jennifer P

    I would back up all my photos of course, family photos are so dear to family members. I also have two sons bugging me about backing up the computers they have and how I should do it. So it would take care of everyones needs basically. This would also be a good time to start organizing my life better. This sounds like just the item to do it. I don’t want to do it online so much as I have an issue with privacy, but backed up seperate yet accessible would be nice.

  • TheBeagle

    I would finally have a place to store and sort all my files, with ready access across my home network. It would be a blessing.

  • Miles M

    I would use this to replace my existing HP MediaSmart server to benefit from the upgraded hardware and software specification. I would use it back up all our PCs and laptops, provide shared (and duplicated) storage, stream music to all corners of the house (with Sonos) and enable remote access to data.

  • Share & stream all my pics and muzak wherever we are —

  • Dave W

    I have a collection of PCs and laptops that are not being backed up correctly. I would love to have a repository for all of my media files. Plus it would be a great way to have family and friends look at videos of my kids. I now use a D-link media server, but would like to migrate that duty to the WHS.

  • Shiqing Qi

    I would like to use it as file and media server for home business.

  • Cynthia C

    What wouldn’t I use it for! Photos, movies, music and more.

  • I would love to use this to store all my photos which are currently spilling over into multiple smaller hard drives. My husband and I could use it to back up our respective computers as well.

  • Dave

    My wife would love this for storing her growing collection of photos.

  • My wife is a professional photographer and for better or worse I’m her IT support. This would be a great addition as it would automatically back up her work from both her PC and Mac as well as providing additional centralized storage. The added software HP has put on in terms of media collection and management is also very appealing.

  • Jerry Jackson

    I would love to use the HP MediaSmart Server to host my high-resolution images so that family, friends, and clients can download them directly from my personal server. I’d also use it to stream video to my HDTV!

  • Steve Moore

    I already use a homegrown Windows Homeserver to manage backups of all the computers in our house (7) and to access my home computer from anywhere in the world that I can get internet access. It is a great product and I would love to have the official HP Mediasmart server to replace my homegrown one.

  • Bertram

    I love this thing! I would use it to back up my home computers and stream music all over the house.

  • Jim

    That’s a lot of storage! I can finally get rid of my U-Store unit. Heck, I think I’ll be able to fit my baby grand piano in there. :P

  • Dean Mathies

    I’ll use it to combine and then share the music from the individual PC’s on my home network.

  • Lauren HopkinsSheridan

    I’m a picture and photo nut this sound like this would be the answer to my computer storage needs

  • Glen Bugielski

    I would use this to back up our multiple computers and finally get one central spot for our music, photos, videos and start adding our DVD collection to it. I would add a couple more drives to it for the redundancy aspect and use the heck out of the little beast.

  • I have a diy windows home server and I have so much more invested in it than an HP. If I had it to do over, I’d buy an HP. Give me a ‘do over’, please.

  • cheryl penner

    I’d load up a bunch of photos and movies and send them to my kid who is 3000 miles away.

  • Sharon B

    I would love to backup my photos, my music and years and years of documents. I am starting to be uncomfortable about having all of these important items residing only on my computer.

  • Rich Grega

    Great backup and sharing device – access over the web

  • Kate

    Use it to organize and store all the pictures, videos and other media stored on the two computers in the house. So much of the kids growing up I do not want to lose

  • Jimmy Walker

    I would have many uses for the Media Home Server. We have 7 computers in our house, and the first and foremost would be to back them all up. My wife is also big in talking digital photos so a common place to store them, and have it available to every PC is a big hit, not to mention a way to keep them backed up, because we would also be using the backup to feature and the data duplication feature. It would also be used to stream our iTunes libraries as well. What a great product this would be in our household!!

  • Joe B

    I finally would put all my pictures and music together and be able to look at them and play them all around the house.

  • Simon

    I haven’t got a clue what one does, but it looks cool and it might be useful to prop up a few dvd’s and rest my coffee cup on!

  • Brian Simmons

    I’d use it for backing up important pictures and other documents. Using one of the cloud nackup plugins would make the backups even more robust.

  • David Gresh

    I would use this for photo storage and sharing.

  • Julie Nusbaum

    I’d use it to protect my sons’ computers from malware since they’re not prone to remember to update these things. The backup storage would be great for my valuable data, as well.

  • Cynthia

    Looks like it would be a great addition to our home networks!

  • Thomas Quinn

    It would give me a place to keep all my files and photos before I loose them and it would fit right in with my network of 5 computers and 2 iPhones and 2 iPod touches. I would love to have one so if I don’t win it I will get one when I have the money to spare.

  • Mary E Quinn

    I would love to be able to give this to my husband, who is our family’s IT Guy. We have several computers to be backed up and this would make it easier to do. Also our anniversary is coming up and it would me a nice gift to him.

  • A media server could free up all the time I spend burning back up discs. More time for picture processing.

  • Rick Kruse

    I just got a nikon for 25 anv.and take alot of pictures. I have 2 home made unit with low storage. the Media Home server would fill in the gaps.

  • Store all my photos and Music and have access all in one place to different viewers(CPU/TV).

  • AJ

    I would use it for checking important things and doing my office work because i am a very busy man and my cpu just broke and i am in debt for a lot of money and my children always need the computer and download a bunch of stuff and keep bothering me for a new one. so I really hope i win…

  • My wife and I are both photographers, and we have a mixture of Windows and Mac computers in the house. An easy backup solution that would work for both of these operating systems would be very beneficial, as we have a lot of data that needs to be backed up. The HP server would fill this need very well.

  • Frederick Meyers

    I would use the Mediasmart Server to save and categorize all the digital pictures we currently have spread over three computers and an external USB drive. Th Mediasmart Server would also allow us to share photos with distant family in the U.S. and Ireland. Finally, this would be a great backup solution for all the PCs in our house.

  • goelh70

    I would use the hp mediasmart server to backup my 7 pc’s in the house and use it to stream music and videos to my 2 Xbox 360’s.

  • Tawnda

    wow… this is just what we need to get everything accessible to everyone who is ‘on our network’… we have several friends who come here with their laptops and gaming systems and Ipods and I can’t think of what else right now… lol
    it never fails… there is someone who comes here talking about a game app or song or wanting to see a movie that we have the dvd somewhere… It would be great to be organized… ;-)

  • John Stetson

    What a perfect server for our home network. Everyone can store their photos and music without worrying about running out of storage space.

  • Kimberly R

    I’d back up all of my movies, music, and pictures.

  • Michael

    It is the perfect solution for all our media and keeping our computers backed up. It would be great to access all these files on the web from anywhere.

  • Gos

    This would be great for backup, especcially as I start looking for a new computer.

  • Randy Kuite

    I would use the MediaSmart home server to consolidate and centrally locate my music and video library and also automatically backup my Windows and MAC systems. I would also give the new media streaming capabilities a whirl….

  • Betty H

    I would use it to store pictures and music.

  • Tammy Kennedy

    With 2 teens at home and 3 grandsons plus 2 older kids we always have pictures, homework, music and games they want to save I hate having it on our pc and bogging it down and risking the chance to lose it all like we have had happen a couple of times now.
    Out of the 4 items I listed pictures is the main reason
    living 1200 miles from family means pictures getting sent via email need a way to save

    Thank you so much

    I signed up for your email

  • I’d use the server to backup all my photos and work from my classes at college.

  • Holly

    I would use this to backup my 4 computers. We have a lot of important files I would be sad to lose so this would be a great peace of mind!

  • My second internal HD is filling up fast with over 40K photos. This would allow me to archive photos off to a sharable, easily accessible and expandable location.

    My fingers are crossed…

    Thanks for the great prize!!!

  • Oleg Dimov

    I would use the MediaSmart server to backup all my photos, videos , music files and all digital documents!

  • Jonathan

    I’d use this device as a network backup server. I’ve been meaning to get one of these for handling my critical data and drive images.

  • Jason H

    I have 4 daughters. At any given moment, I am either taking pictures and/or video due to their activities (Cheerleading, Soccer, Choir, Volleyball, etc…). I am finding it almost impossible to keep these items organized, let alone share them with anyone (the family is mad at me…)

    To go a step further, they share PC resources so it would be great for them to be able to save their school work in a manor which would allow them to access from any PC (home or school).

  • Ruby

    I would backup all my music files and pictures.

  • With this I would be able to save all of my photos that I’ve got on my computer. I have my new camera and the files are so large that I’m not sure how long it can last! what a great prize! thanks!

  • Mark/CharmCity

    Mostly photos and tunage from all our various PCs

  • Melanie Diehl

    I would use it to back up all the photos,music and documents from our 3 computers. It would be nice to have everything in one place. This would be excellent!

  • Dennis Ott

    I always shoot uncompressed 14-bit RAW, the downside of which is of course the hefty file size for each picture. The HP server would allow me to store all my RAWs and also upload selected ones directly to Flickr.

    Thank you.

  • Nora

    I’m running out of storage area for my photos. This would be the perfect solution.

  • Mark Johnson

    I’d use it to recapture my long-lost sanity! All our machines backed up, even my new Mac? All our files in a common place, especially our media files? Expandable and extensible? I must have this! Serenity now!

  • Robert Yu

    With multiple computers in the house, a central location to keep all the media files would be great. Add to that the backup capabilities (so I can safetly store all my photos!) plus the ability to browse photos, music, and video from my iPhone remotely.

  • James Wimmer

    I would also use it to backup my computers. I’d also use it for storing my homemade videos, photos and my large music library.

  • debi welbon

    My husband would luse it to organize his music files

  • den

    backup all my photos, videos , music files and all digital documents!

  • John C.

    I desperately need to consolidate 10 years of digital files for my family – this would be an awesome solution. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Ag

    Use it to organize and store all the pictures, videos and other media

  • lance

    need the have this!

  • I would use the drive to set up a mobile station for post-processing and other computer pursuits – I’m about to get rid of my desktop with a ton of storage and have been considering going the 1TB route. Thanks!

  • I have family of 6, all 4 kids at home ranging in ages from 8 to 16. It would be great to utilize a home server to manage the kids photos and schoolwork!

  • Catherine Horner

    This would be a great tool for backing up or viewing my art and photo files which are huge files. Also an easy way to upload my music and art files to my webpage and other home pages. Streaming to other devices in the home could really come in handy too.

  • nike

    Oh, very nice.
    Well, I would use this to backup all my macs and pc’s, living in a cross cultural environment. I have movies, pictures, and lots of files for WORK and LIFE that could ONE be backed up to the server, and then ACCESSIBLE from remote I would LOVE IT.

  • Donald

    I would use it to collect media files and back them up. I would like to be able to access some of them via iPhone.

  • Last year my hard drive crashed and I lost photos, videos and almost all my iTunes. I still haven’t managed to include a backup plan with my current computer set-up and I know I’m playing with fire by not backing up my files. I’d use this to not only backup all my photos/videos and iTunes but also my husband’s genealogy data on his laptop and my daughter’s files on her computer.

  • Geoff Larkin

    Back up of course is a no brainer.
    The fun use will be having a centralized location for my wife and I to deposit our many photos for easy sharing.
    Lastly a ton of tunes will live on the server which we’ll stream to our home stereo setup.

    Thanks for hosting this contest

  • I would use it to back up my computer and my husbands. I would put photos, videos, and music on it.

  • Keith Otipoby

    I would love to have this to automatically backup all my PCs.

  • Kayce C.

    I’d use the MediaSmart server to work on for my Server class next semester. Then I’d use it as a server to host web pages.

  • Angela Winesburg

    I would use it to backup my computer and also for storing my pictures and music, thanks!

  • I would love to use this as a central location to not only store photos, but music and movies as well. This would allow for all of my computers, televisions, and media players to be in sync. To be able to watch or listen to these items, anywhere in our house would be fantastic!

  • Triborough

    I would use it to back up tens of thousands of my photos.

  • Andrew Johnson

    As a poor college photographer without much storage, a server like this would fill a huge hole in my workflow

  • Rabid about backing up photos (+docs, e-mail and music) and currently currently use a headless XP as a backup server in the basement but it lacks A LOT (when it comes to control and toll on HW).
    Really looking forward to be able to park a MediaSmart “box” down in the cross-connect room (next to the beer) and show it off to oogling friends… :-)

  • I’d back up all my photographs and the writing I’ve done. I have three external hard drives I use for backup and it would be so nice to have everything on ONE hard drive and to know that my backups are backed up. (You only have to have a hard drive crash on you once before you understand how important redundancy is)

  • I would use the HP Media Server to backup my large photo and video collection, give friends access to my best pictures and stream to my new TV. Love the idea to publish directly to my flickr and facebook.

  • JeansandTs@hotmail.com
    As my family historian, I would store all the old pictures from everyone’s submissions. That way, future generations will have them.

  • Being an enthusiast photographer, i really need a good back`up solution. And it is well known that HP is amongst the best available.

  • As an avid photographer, I would use the EX490 to backup and store all of my photos to share with my wife’s computer. Also to store and share all of our music between us.

  • Lee Maddex

    Last winter I began to scan my negatives and slides which date back to the early 1960s. The MediaSmart server would be used for storing this massive amount of digital imaging. Additionally the server would be used to store my digital photographs from more recent years, many of which are in RAW format. Thanks in advance.

  • Keith Dennis

    As a newbie, this is just what I need to organize and backup all my photos.

  • amanda h

    I would love this! I would use it daily to store my music and photos in a neat convenient way. I’m big on social sites and like to share photos so this would be perfect!

  • Courtney Stacey

    Last weekend my hard-drive crashed. I lost all of my photos from the last nine months… not to mention everything else, like apps, music, and important documents. However, the photos are the greatest loss. They included all of my shots of my newborn grandson, and things like that are irreplaceable.

    I should have known better. I have been planning to institute a backup system, but have had a hard time coming up with an inexpensive and easy solution… The HP MediaServer would have been perfect, and would have saved me a lot of heartache.

    Anyway, it sure looks like I could do a lot of things with the HP MediaServer, but the most important thing I could do would be to protect my precious photographic memories.

  • I am a college student trying to make it on my own without help. My computer is really outdated and I cannot afford another one. This would really help me.

  • Bobby Dooley

    i have 4 computers at home and no central storage for all of them. Its often difficult to keep all of the files organized and accessible. This would be excellent for me!

  • Dave Campbell

    I need one of these to backup my photos

  • Gordon

    With 17K photos, 900 CDs, 21 hours of vacation video and seven PCs to backup, this would simplify my life.

  • We’re currently building a new house and I’m prewiring it with a gigabit ethernet network to support media delivery throughout the house. This would make a nice media server to store my photos, videos, and music.

  • Tom Sullivan

    I have have the first gen HP Media Smart Server and it has been great. The new faster unit with more memory would be a big plus. The power supply in the current Server is about to die and HP doesn’t sell parts to repair them (out of warranty). Winning this would keep all my backups going 6 PC, video and music streaming, and new photo collector would be nice touch for all the Raw pictures. Otherwise I have to start looking for a good sale as the old unit isn’t going to last much longer. Great prize for some lucky person!

  • Daniel Durington

    Backup of documents, photo’s and music

  • Bryce Bolling

    I have been craving one of these. It would be nice to get my photos off my local pc and on to the network.

  • Huaming Wu

    My wife is always taking pictures of our little boy (< 1 year old. I would love for her to have a dedicated backup solution.

  • Bill O

    I just found out that WHS existed last week. Where have I been the past two years?! I need this HP WHS box in a major way. Getting all the household computers backed up is task #1 and then a monumental photo & video consolidation effort. A dedicated WHS is the sanity I have been lacking all these years.

  • christy r

    I would use this as backup for all of our computers.

    Thanks !!!

  • Charles Bihler

    I would the server to back up my and my wife’s computers, stream music and videos between them and to my TiVo and to access photos, music and videos remotely away from home.

  • Anthony Dalesandro

    I’d use it to make a second backup of my photos. You never can have too many backups. But with the media sharing function I’ll use it to serve up ALL my photos so I can access them from anywhere!

  • Aruna Tatapudi

    Our home is a mixed environment with Mac and Windows – This is a cool comprehensive scalable solution of all our laptops supporting our needs including backup laptops, collecting all media files from all connected compuers, aggregating them in the background and ready for streaming to our network AV receiver and Home theater setup and even stream via internet while away from home.

    We have been looking for one like this as an ideal home solution. We did not find anything similar or that beats this yet.

    With this in our basement connected to home network – we will enjoy not worrying to look for multiple backup solutions like one for Mac Time Machine (solution cost $300-$500) and another one (perhaps similar cost range) for Windows PCs and one for streaming (cost ??) our media collections and one for converting our videos in the background and another that integrates with our phones and another one for .. so on and so forth.

    This is ideal all-around solution for our photos, videos and music collections that took us years of energy and efforts.

    We want to win it for our home. Our home will be smarter – We hear that this is expandable and extensible all-in-one and one for all mixed laptop network like ours.

    ‘Want to Win – win win win home sever. Please come home.

  • Jacob LaFountaine

    I would put it on my network to store my entire CD collection as .WAV files and add what is left of my DVD collection so I could listen or listen to music anywhere

  • Andrew Sawyer

    I have been looking at one of these for a while. We have multiple PCs, laptops, and an Xbox with irreplaceable pictures, documents, and data that is difficult to catalog or backup reliably with plug in external drives. Who knows what we’ll lose forever if one of our drives dies and I missed backing it up.

  • Jeff

    A perfect device for remote access to our data, without carrying all of our precious family photos and sensitive documents around everywhere.

    This would also provide a central location for everyone in the family to access files and doesn’t require another computer to be setup for that purpose, which make it truly a “green” solution!

  • Jeff

    I need it for tons of music, photos and videos – not to mention just backing up my PC data

  • david williams

    I would use the server to put all my favorite videos and my loads of music up for everyone in the house to enjoy!

  • Elkaye

    I would use it to back up and share files on my home network.

  • Erik Stevens

    This would be most useful in a small office for storing documents and photos.

  • Mike Garcen

    I’d use it to store all my music, and videos….and photos….and maybe TV…and blu-r..errr……movies :-)

  • David Park

    I’d use it to back up my photos because I’m running out of room on my current hard drive.

  • David Whipkey

    I would use it to stream my movie collection and to backup my computers. Plus it’s just really cool.

  • I would like it as a central place to store my files, photos and music. It would be nice to access my files from anywhere

  • I would give it to my Dad as he really needs a solution to keep his photo collection safe and tidy up all those small USB drives he has kicking around.

  • This would help me to mantain my blog (www.sonurbanos.tk) for store my photos, videos, etc. And i would find faster the archives. This server would really help me.

  • George Condoyannis

    It would be all about media consolidation for me. One central place for all movies, photos, music.

  • Jon Matthies

    I would finally have a single place with enough capacity to backup and organize all of my photos! (I could get rid of all of those floppies!)


  • Craig McCarty

    I’d use the server to backup all my extensive photo library as well as back up my various home network machines. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Phillip Eastman

    I would use it to store all my photos and videos and serve them up to use all over my network!!

  • Angel Kicukov

    I’m a young scientist, and i work a lot of projects at school! This server would be perfect for files on the go, and back up for my files!

  • Evan Margelefsky

    One of these would be great to store and stream movies on my network

  • It’s simple, i’d use it to take over the world in true Dr Evil Style. or alternatively, i’d store stuff on it and practice what the pros call ‘deduplication’ and I’d even consider retiring my ageing HP Ultrium LTO2 drive and donate it to someone else !

  • Calder Huntington

    My wife is pregnant (due at the end of December). This is normal in the grand scheme of things. The difference, and it may not be a huge one to some, is that we live far away from my family and even further from hers. We are students in Minneapolis, my family is in Las Vegas and her family lives abroad. We would use the media server to host all of the photos and videos that we suspect we will be taking of our new baby girl so all of our family can see her no matter where they are in the world.

  • Ivy Huntington

    I’d use it to share photos of my baby with my parents in Saudi Arabia – and an extra backup would be great!

  • Images, music and video are my life. I teach them, I work with them all day and I play with them whenever there is free time.

    Organizing all these things is a monumental task that takes lots of time and lots of hardware. I am entranced by the idea of a centralized setup that would make all this easier to deal with.

    Our modern data lives are very complex and our needs are boundless. We appreciate and rely on tools like the HP Server to keep it all going.

  • John Holden

    I just want it…I can use the extra PC power

  • Costana Hornbaker


  • Jeremy Hughes

    Music and photos… need more space…

  • I would use the MediaSmart Server to back up my Lightroom and iTunes Libraries, as well as, all of my older photographs.

  • I would use my HP MediaSmart server to store all of the picture files that I accumulate so quickly because I hate to get rid of them! I have been a photographer since January 2009 and have already taken over 21000 Pictures!
    With all of my image files available I would also share my other media formats with friends and family whenever I can.

  • Tom Whipple

    I would use it to back up my desktop and laptop. I really need to do this, but never actually have.

  • Paul B

    Well clearly, everybody is going to use it to store files of some type. Me? I would use it to download and store every porno EVER made… and then SHARE IT WITH THE ENTIRE WORLD!

    Straight porn, gay porn, midget porn — EVERYTHING PERMISSIBLE BY LAW! All for free! Porno magazines and pay sites would all go out of business. An entire industry that once generated billions of dollars — gone! Wiped out by one man and his trusty HP MediaSmart server!

    Then, after awhile when everybody is all porned out (is that possible?), I would delete everything and then use it for storing and serving INCREDIBLY BORING STUFF LIKE EVERYONE IN THE ENTRIES ABOVE MINE like family pictures, PC backups, music and maybe the occasional upskirt cameraphone video. Woot!

    Many ears later, when the story of my porno repository becomes the stuff of legends, every once in awhile I’ll open up the house on a Saturday afternoon and let the neighborhood kids come over to get a look at my HP MediaSmart server.

    I will stand there with a tear rolling down my cheek saying, “Yep… This used to be it, kids… the biggest porno repository that ever existed in the entire god dang Milky Way! The pornos may long be gone, but the HP MediaSmart server is still here, humming away as faithfully as the very first day I received her.”

  • Brian Andersen

    This is the solution i have waited for, to share all my photos, videos and much more with my family.
    Since im allways traveling, its becomes so easy to stay in touch.

  • paul

    Wow, this is awesome. Having lots of PC’s and Mac’s, I would definitely love to use it to backup all computers cross platform, AND make all video and audio date and files available to all users on the home network.

  • Adam

    As a graphic artist, who’s branching out into 3D and animation, I’ll need all the space I can get. Thanks!

  • Elizabeth

    With an adopted 5 year old grandson we are raising, I would use it to store the many images of him, both stills and video in addition to storing my own extensive library of images from my photography. I’d also use it in my photo restoration business.

  • Anthony Lazaro

    I’d use it to back up and share the 3000+ photos that I’ve taken so far of my now 3.5 month old son.

  • With 2 desktops and a laptop, I have photos all over the place. It would be really nice to have one place to store the photos and be able to see them on multiple devices.

  • Richard Huntington

    I would use this as a central location for backing up 3 home computers as well as storage for photos and video.

  • Ed Sherman

    I’d use it to backup the computers in our house and also to share our growing photo and video collection with faraway relatives.

  • Christine

    It would be great to have all my media centralized and organized.

  • Paul Bruno

    I’d use it to back up all my computers, store music and videos, and remotely access all my stuff when I am not home!

  • Andrew Fisher III

    I would use it to back up both my computers and help my mother with her new website.

  • Maria P.

    It would definitely be used to backup all my important files. Currently don’t have anything to do that…and I’m worried about that.

  • gweber

    This would be great for storage and backup!

  • So many ways… I would use it to backup and access my photos from anywhere. We spend a lot of time at my in-laws’, and not being able to access my photos from there is a PITA. Could I even upload my photos, from my camera, to her computer, to the server so I could access them at home? That would be sweet. My husband would use it to access our music collection while at work and while working on his work computer at home a few days a week.

  • I would love to have one of these servers to keep all my photos and video on, as well as to use it to do automatic backups to!

  • Tim Polucha

    Well, I’d first copy any terminator movies I can get my hands on to the HP MediaSmart server. Next, I’d download and copy any and all robot schematics I can get my hands on. Of course, the name of my server would be Skynet. This thing is supposed to be smart right? Scary smart I’m thinking.

    While the server is in the process of achieving sentience I’d also use it to create backups of my home computers, stream video/audio and install new add-ins to extend it’s abilities.

  • Cary G

    Media and photo backup for the 3 PCs in my house.

  • Marlon

    I’d use it mostly to store music and movies and backup all the machines we use as a family.

  • With three computers in my house, I would use it to send information back and forth.
    smchester at gmail dot com

  • I’d use the HP MediaSmart Server to backup my MacBook and to store the films I make as I continue working for my Film degree at Centenary College of Louisiana.

  • Lou Freire

    I’ve been looking forward to building a media/jukebox/storage server. If i ever setup a VPN access point/connection to my apartment, I’d also like to be able access it remotely. For now…i’ll keep dreaming

  • Michael Crawford

    I would use it to back up all of my computers, especially my photos. It would be especially nice to use it to share photos and other files across my home network.

    I would probably also us it create a small website for family and close friends to use to see my families photos.

  • Erica C.

    It would definitely serve as the backup to our two computers…storing a lot of music and pictures for sure.

  • I’m a amatuer photographer and also have a small wireless network this would be a great addition to my hardware for sure

  • Scott Toenniessen

    Home Server is great! But, currently, I have it running on some old hardware with slow USB attached disks. The HP MediaSmart Server would let me take full advantage of it plus give me the HP provided MAC backup features.

  • Scott Hodson

    I would use it as a database server to store 10-20 years of historical stock/futures/options prices and data mine the snot out of it. Or, I guess I could put movies on there that can be watched from any computer in the house.

  • I currently have no good backup system – I burn to DVDs and keep them in a binder! I’m sure I’d use all the features, but the immediate draw for me is that it would be great to be able to AUTOMATICALLY backup files and also be able to upload them straight from the server (instead of having to shuffle through DVDs).

  • Michelle

    I just want a new toy. This one is puuuurty.

  • Tim Lange

    It would be fun to network the two computers in the house, so that when working on one project that needs photos from the upstairs computer, I don’t need to find a USB drive to transfer the file at the computer that I’m working at.

  • Nancy Reynolds

    It’s just great for backing up the laptops and desktop.
    Right now I use an external hard drive on the desktop to do this but the desktop has to be on. Now with the HP I don’t have to worry if the desktop is on. Just great!

  • I would give it to my sister who saves massive amounts of picts & music.

  • Dave

    Since being laid off from my former employer, I have been doing more and more freelance video work. But HD video takes up lots of space, and I am forever running out of room on my internal hard drives. This MediaSmart server is the perfect solution! Thank you for the chance to win.

  • Rene P

    Finally, a way to get organized!!!!

  • I would use the media server to store all the photos various family members contribute to our collection. It is currently scattered among various devices, making it hard to find specific images.

  • Brad Schafbuch

    I would use it to backup PCs on our home network and centralize photos and media. The expandable storage wold be great to prevent laptop drives from filling up and the web access to content would be invaluable.

  • Tim Lange

    It would be great to link three computers at home, so that it wouldn’t be necessary to have to run around looking for a USB key to transfer pictures from one computer to another.

  • Eva Mota

    Well, I think I’d be really happy to win :)

    And I currently have 60,000 pictures that I need to backup in case something happens to my computer. I already lost a lot of files before and I was saved my my iPod, which I used as a storage device. Sadly that iPod is gone, and I have too many pictures now to put them in my new one. :(

    Fingers crossed!

  • Luan

    I would use it to backup all my files especially photos and stream video files to my TV :)

  • CJ


  • Jennifer D.

    I Really need a way to back up my pictures. i have not been doing this well in the past.
    studio869 at yahoo dot com

  • sandra

    i’d use it to backup all our media files (photos, music, etc) since our current cpu is starting to act up.

  • Patsy Pugh

    My son’s are in college and they would love this.

  • What Will i do with a computer like this one? Well since i am a gamer and a singer i could put this computer to good use. I could use this computer to finally open up my own recording studio for rappers, singers, and etc. Also, i would play extreme games like GTAIV for the first time since i currently do not own any games that are high def. I can use this computer mainly for buiness and Lesiure purposes snfd it seems like a good computer to use for school to because a terabyte is a great amount of memory to save important data on the computer.

  • Matt C.

    To backup everything and store alot of pictures of the kids!!!

  • James Jenkins

    this would be a great addition to my hardware

  • Jeff

    I would use it to stream netflix movies to my tv.

  • Glenn Peterson

    Great for backups!

  • patricia

    I would use this to back up our computer and to store my husbands artwork photos and other photos, music and video.

  • Sue E

    I too would use it to back up all the computers in our house. We have an accounting program that I would definitely like to keep from getting lost in space. I recently got a video camera, so it would be great storing my videos and being able to streamline them through the TV. Thanks for the chance!

  • Davidson McCulloh

    I’ve recently begun working from home. I want to clean up my desktop computer and offload all my media files onto a home server. Also, looking forward to having access to files from multiple PCs at home and away.

  • I’ve been hit with a virus before and it wiped out the photos of my family (kids aged 2 and 5). This would be a godsend for me, and maybe even get me out of the doghouse with my wife!

  • Susan Kieu

    I would probably backup some of my picture slideslows and my hundreds of dvds, also so that i can easily view them on my tv.

  • julieh

    I’d use it to back up my computer and store all my music and photos.

  • I ll use it to back up everything and have it “centralized”. right now i have some floppys from i don’t know when that i cant even use, cds, dvds everywhere in the house. i wish i can just save everything in this server and know where it is.

  • I’d use it to back up my photo database and stay organized.

  • Ken Robinson

    This prize would give me the ability to have automatic backups and unlimited downloads. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

  • I am in desperate need for a backup system. My computer has crashed couples times and with each crash I lost some important files. I would mostly use the backup for my personal pictures. Those are memories that should be saved..

  • Hanson Brantley

    It would be great to have a central backup and media server.

  • Karen S

    I would use this to back up photos and important files.

  • P. A. Jones

    I would use it to keep my video files and pictures all in one place!! Backing up important files would also be a plus….

  • Kristy Y

    Backup, Backup, Backup!

  • Laura Anderson

    I am a teacher creating materials for classroom use – print & web, various graphics, podcasts, videocasts … – I have very little storage and rely too much on shared space that may be unavailable at any moment. This media server/storage would make current projects so much easier and future ones more possible!

  • Navdeep Kohli

    Backup my data, stream media to my media player.

  • Kim

    Let me fill it! Let me fill it UP!
    I’d use it to store my website designs and data, as well as some fun media items I just can’t throw out.

  • Subhro Sen

    I would rip all of my DVD’s to it and finally build the jukebox I’ve been dreaming about!! Photos too!

  • giam

    I would store multimedia files, graphics and backups. Right now these files are on DVDs in a box.

  • Will E.

    This would be a great addition to my home network to backup my PC and Mac and store my music and pictures.

  • WhoHoooooo, Sure would love this!!
    Does it help that I was already a subscriber? ;)

    Thanks for all the good info!

  • Jason Riedy

    After upgrading to a Linux distribution, I’d use it as a home server. With a USB sound adapter, I’d move Ampache, etc. to it.

  • This would be a big help to me.. I am a photographer and studying to be a teacher. So storage is always a problem for me. I have so many files to keep tracks of and have to get new hard-drives all the time. Having everything in one place would be incredible and it would also be a help in the classroom to be able to access these files from this server.

  • George Guba

    I would use it as a link to my entertainment center as well as photo backup.

  • I would love to have a back up for all the family photos and treasures on the PC.

  • CD Abbott

    I’d use the HP MediaSmart server and storage to store photos, photos and more photos! Right now I feel I’m still in the stone age as far as storage goes . . good ole CDs and a binder to keep them in. Jumping into the 21st century would be great!

  • Justin Gall

    I do a lot of graphic design and illustrations. Right now I have about 2 small crappy hard drives filled with work, I’d probably consolidate my hard drives and chuck ’em!

  • Joanne Coughlin

    I would use the media smart to store pictures and graphic for projects and personal use.

    Thank You, Joanne

  • I’d absolutely use this to back up my photos and music files. It would be nice to not worry about putting everything on CDs or DVDs for backup!

  • Lisa Mullerauh

    OMG if only I had this… I could keep all my photographs in ONE safe place.

  • Sandi Hansen

    I am just getting into photography and this would be great to back up my RAW photo’s! and save me a lot of money. Photography is not a cheap business to get into.

  • Ed Manuel

    I would use the HP MediaSmart server to back up my PCs and Mac as well as to store my digital media! I would also install ad-ins to use in many other ways.

  • Jake Kapellen

    I would use this to backup my computer (and my wife’s) automatically, as well as store music so that we don’t need to transfer data back and forth.


  • Bethany Kapellen

    I would put all my music on this thing. It sounds pretty sweet!

  • Steve Stone

    use it to back up important things

  • Pat Shorten

    OK, so I’d have enough room to keep all the photos I take AND back them up!

  • arlen

    I would use it to back up all the things I currently don’t back up like digital pictures.

  • Jack

    What an amazing device. Backup, having one place for all the media, remote access to files, just too much many great features to list. I keep finding more that it can do!

  • Kurt Hughes

    Set it up to share home videos and photos with friends and family over the internet, and transfer the files off my full hard drive to it off my obsolete 5+ year old PC. I do not have enough money to buy a new PC yet. I would be very thankful and put it to good use! :)

  • I take a lot of space-hogging RAW photos, so I would love to be able to back them up and not worry about them. I’d name the server George, and I will hug it, and pet it, and squeeze it. In a non-creepy way. Really.

  • Jerry

    I would use it to store my photos and movies.

  • Paul Foster

    I would use this to share my media files throughout the computers on my home server, so that I could watch my media on any computer in my house.

  • As a photographer, the HP MediaSmart server would surely be a wonderful addition to my life – – backing up thousands of images AND running my personal life as well.

  • MarilynBr

    I would use it as backup for all of the articles I’ve written and for future versions of my book manuscript.

  • Jane Auerbach

    I’d back up all my photos in a really good cross-referenced filing system, and store all the music I haven’t yet had room to convert from audio cassettes. I’d also store a lot of old files that are still on an ancient desktop.

  • I’d use it to (finally!) organize my entire family’s digital life. Images, movies, music, CAD files – everything. And no more sneaker-net!

  • Linda Edwards

    I would use this to backup and share my photos with friends and family.

  • Rosa Nevares

    I would use it to store multimedia files (pictures, home videos, music) to share them in my home network.

  • This would go great with my two HP laptops! Thanks for even offering it!

  • Michele Jacobson

    Having three computers, 1 Mac, 2 HP, multiple TV’s, 2 gaming systems I am in utter chaos. With this system, I could finally have all my photos, music, videos, movies, plus more in one location. This system would be an answer for organization! Plus we all know at one time or another we have lost something important, with the data recovery this would not happen, how awesome of a system this is!!!!!

  • Don Selkirk

    I’ve been looking for a storage solution which can expand with me. I also want something that I don’t have to sink a lot of money into either. I would use this as a file server to serve my HD movies onto my WDTV.

  • I would love to use this HP MediaServer to backup my computers, store and duplicate all photos, music, and movies!

    So I don’t have to worry about losing anything anymore =)

  • Dan D

    I would back up the HD videos and normal photographs of my son. I would use it as a home server form my home network also.

  • Chittasuphang T.

    Oh! I would use it to store all songs, photos, and files I have in my computers right now and organize them. Also, I’ll absolutely need it to back up all important files which I have tons!

    Thank you :)

  • Diane Baum

    It’s great for back-up.

  • alejandro

    i would use it save all may data music, photos and everything tyhat i like and come to my way

  • Joel Monthei

    I would give this to my mother, she works in networking for a small hospital in Morengo, IA. They just had a go-live with a new network they are testing and are having all sorts of server problems with it >.<

  • Jennifer gersch

    i would use it to watch youtube

  • Scott C.

    I’d connect the server to my home network and use it to back up and stream photos/video/music to all the PCs around the house. It would greatly simplify administration of all the digital media collected over the years.

  • Rolando Campos

    After losing years of pictures and videos due to hard drive failures this server would definetly be used to backup files and serve as the focal point of our home network. The fact that it is an HP product assures us peace of mind and durability.

  • Ellen

    Oooh, would love this to consolidate multimedia and make available to everyone in the house.

  • trishden

    I would use this to show home movies on our tv when all the family is over for Thanksgiving. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Sean P

    I would use this to back up my fiance’s design work, as well as run a dual boot os.

  • i’ve been waiting for something like this for awhile, as i’ve watched my collection of music, photos, and movies grow to fill several smaller hard drives.. backups are a nightmare when you simply don’t have enough space!

    i also have a small child and am eager to have an easy way to play some of his favorite shows directly on our tv.

    looks like a fantastic product. i want one!

  • Walter Arnett

    I would the the mediasmart server for my website.

  • Jackee

    I would use this to back up all of my files, my music, photography, and writing.

  • Bill Jones

    I would love to have this to store my photos and other media.

  • Terri Br

    Our hard drive crashed once and we lost all of our digital photos. I’d love to have an HP MediaSmart server to keep them safe. Thanks.

  • Christie

    I would use the Media Server to save all the family photos then be able to show them on TV at family get togethers.

  • Anita A.

    I have a couple of Sony cameras, all taking 10 mp photos and, let me tell you, that just eats up storage on the old hard drive. This HP MediaSmart server with 1 terabyte of storage would be great to backup all those photos on. And, it will fit in nicely with my HP laptops and printers! :-) Thanks for a fantastic giveaway!

  • Jonathan

    There is nothing more important than adequate back-up storage. A networked storage device would be amazing to have at home!

  • We would store recital music, dance studio flyers and documents, candy drive orders, recital and Christmas programs, and web publish competition results and pictures !

  • I have tons and tons and tons of stock images, textures, 3D assets, programs for design, photography, 3D… you name it… They are all on my main tower… One mess up to the HD or one power surge and poof… all gone! I have been saving up for over a year now to get a decent backup server. Getting this would be a dream. I could finally backup everything I have, and finally, since I live in florida, would be able to stop running up the stairs to unplug my tower when it starts lightning outside. Being that this is florida, its a daily occurrence! Please pick me!

  • Christopher F

    With the use of more than 3 computers at a time in my home, I would use this to back up my personal guitar recordings, audio files, wed design projects, and other projects that I work on. The HP Media Servers seem like a good NAS system, especially since I use three different OS’s (Windows XP/7, Ubuntu, and OS X)and this would make it easier to transfer files.

  • Kathy Scott

    I have started a bookkeeping business and I need a good backup system.

  • Richard Gilberg

    I would network all my computers, TV ,Blue Ray, together

  • Right now I have 5 usb hard drives backing up photos, video and data, it sure would be easier to have it all in one location :)

  • Sharon Aquilino

    I would use this to combine 3 individual towers in my home office.

  • tivoboy

    Oh, this would be great for our mac and pc world.! I need something like this, hope to winner winner chicken dinner!

  • Jill Myrick

    I would use this HP Media Smart Server to back up all of the important files on our computers such as personal,financial and photos.

    Thank you so much for the chance to win.


  • I would the the Mediasmart server for my Website Business.

  • elizabeth

    i’d love to use the HP media smart server to keep all of my photo files safe…i take a LOT of pictures and they take up sooo much space on my hard drive.

  • Daniel M

    back up all my important files, don’t have anything now help!

  • Joanna

    I would love this. we could store all of our songs, pix, and video in one place. Then route it to any device.

  • Andrew

    I would use an HP Media Smart server to backup our 3 home PCs,make our photograph collection available to family and friends via the internet, and serve media to our entire household

  • kenia bradley

    I woul duse it for our home booking agency, for storing and submitting press kits and demos, putting the files in a central location for us both to work with would benefit us greatly

  • Jeffrey Beckett

    I would use it to back up the three computers in our household, and to store files that we would like to share.

  • Sean g.

    I create a lot of 3D artwork, which is exactly what I’d do as the winner of this contest. Not to mention that storage would be amazingly handy for transferring files between my computers, and saving the data in case of failures.


  • Claire Hendrix

    I’d definitely use this to store all of my film footage for editing — it’s a huge drain on my computer as-is!

  • amy

    I’d use it mostly to save photos – I have a three year old and lost a bunch of his early photos on our old computer.

  • Chris F

    This would be a great asset for myself, as a side job to earn some extra money to buy a house, I build webpages and this would give me the extra space needed to store all my photography, photoshop files, code, and other items.


    I would love to win this HP MediaSmart Server!

    A great tool to use to back up important business files for ‘our’ new catering business!

    Thanks for the great giveaway offering!

    Good luck to all!

  • Steve vanderMerwe

    I would put videos of my daughters on the HP Media Smart server to remind me of what little angels they were then … and I could put up their art projects and photos so they could show their friends.

  • Debbie Lott

    This is an amazing piece of equipment–I could use it for all my home movies, pics of grandkids, and who knows what else I could do with it. Would love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Michael K

    I could definitely use one of these! I have over 200gigs of photos, 200gigs of music, 100gigs of video… and right now they are spread across my local hard drive and a few external drives. It would be cool to have this to keep them all in the same place! Very cool product.

  • Luke Frazier

    I would backup EVERYTHING on my media server…like my own personal media fallout shelter. Plus, I’d backup my PS3 harddrive so I could upgrade to a larger one without losing all of my data.

  • karen

    I could back up all my art work.

  • Erma

    I would use this to show home movies.

  • Jeremy

    I’d use it to serve up family videos on my television.

  • Raj

    I would use this to collect and store all my disparate music and videos so everyone at home can access them whenever they want. I would also use it as a nice back-up since I tend to have bad luck with hard drives lately.

  • Karrie

    I would use it to run my home buiness

  • roseh2o19

    for my website – i am posting comments too quickly slow down

  • I would use the HP media smart server mainly to backup my digital art & photos. I would also use it to finally get a website going. And I’m sure I would discover lots of other uses for it too!!

  • I would be able to back up all of my CDs, videos, and pictures to one place! That would be fantastic!

  • Dallan Elk

    scan old photos and transfer all my current digitials to a single server

  • Adele

    I’d use the HP MediaSmart to back up my files. Thanks for this offer.

  • Carla

    I’d look at my photos & stuff on the tv.

  • Peyton Baldwin

    Oh my gosh! I wouldn’t have to burn CDs/DVDs with images and folders every 5 minutes so my computer has room to do what I need it to. This would be awesome! Plus, all of the added stuff. My computer doesn’t allow me to do much and the HP media smart server would open a whole new world for me!

  • shawna

    I would backup pictures and other important files.

  • reeva

    i’d use it to store all of my work

  • Happi Shopr

    we would use it to back up our personal files and all of my hubby’s work files. this would be perfect right now as he is just now starting an audit.

  • I have begun to edit photos and I am quickly running out of room.
    This would be an awesome addition.
    Thank you so much for this giveaway.


  • I am thrilled I found your website, even without the contest. I am excited to begin reading your feeds.


  • Megan B

    I would use it to store all of my school files, and my videos i take of my family.

  • Kelly

    I would use this HP Media Smart Server to back up all of the important files on our computers

    :) Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! :)

  • Tom Kay

    I would enjoy have all my music, photos and video on one large server instead of several smaller hard drives.

  • mikes

    It might take some doing, but I would use this baby as a centralized storage hub for our 3 DVRs as well as mp3, divx, photo, and document storage. It would be great to stash this puppy in a closet somewhere hidden and have invisible storage with pass thru web streaming and other compufunctions available if needed. Thanks for this awesome giveaway! I can’t believe you only have 500 entries, I would have expected 10 times that many! Better chances for me, I guess :)

  • I would use it to store all my pictures and home videos.

  • Jennifer Hedden

    I would use it to store my photos and other media

  • Jessica Wilde

    I would use this to put all of my thousands of photos and videos. We are expecting our first baby in April so we will have many more photos to store soon!

  • Jennifer Hedden

    I would use it to store photos and other media

  • Kathy S

    What an amazing piece of equipment this would be to own! Leave it to HP…always on the cutting edge!
    I would definitely use this to store the millions of photos that I’ve taken of my granddaughters, and to store all of my music. Sending private photo albums to my family and friends would certainly be a priority too. It would also be great fun to stream my photo collection straight to the tv. I plan to scan old photos left to me by my late parents of family members and would love to make albums for my children and grandchildren. This media server would ensure that they would be kept in a safe place.

  • I would use it to backup files on my computer.

  • Max L.

    For backup of all my files in one place, it is perfect

  • Danise

    I don’t have any money so this would be a Christmas present to my son.Good luck to who ever wins and thanks sooo much for giving away such a fantastic prize!

  • Robert P

    The Media Server would help me to catch up on my video editing projects. Thanks for a wonderful contest and very informative website.

  • Danielle B.

    I would use this to backup my files. I have lost everything on my computer soooo many times. Thousands of songs, itunes music (they dont give that stuff back!), pictures from high school, etc, all gone.

  • Angela G

    I would backup all my data and pictures! I would LOVE this!

  • Allen

    I would store all of my files. I have them all over the place.

  • Susan Kieu

    I would use it to backup my dvd collection

  • Bambi M

    I’d use this to store all our movies and photos on, that way we could access them easily from whatever computer we were on and it’d act as a great backup!

  • Wow… How would I use the HP EX490 Windows Home Server? I am a tattoo artist/computer geek (not nerd!..) who has hundreds of movies and music/photo albums spread out across my home network (for both work-related media, and the more personal stuff). My 15 YO son is an avid movie collector, my 11 YO daughter is just learning about torrent-able music, and my 6 YO blew out my last media server (don’t ask)… My wife is disabled, and if she could monitor everyone’s shares, as well as perform backups without my interaction, that’s a plus. Wait a sec… this streams out to game consoles?!? Integrated web sharing and uploading to portals?!? And it’s ENERGY EFFICIENT?!? This sounds like the PERFECT server for my family! Oh please please please?..

  • Marc

    I would use this to back up a very special project I am working on for a charitable foundation.

  • Anne G

    This would be perfect for backing up all my files, pictures and videos. It would also help me be more organized and data more efficiently between our computers.

  • Chaz Eartly

    I would use it to backup all of our media, from pictures to CD’s to DVD’s. It would be great to have a central storage location.

  • Marilyn Higgins

    I would use this on photos I’ve been working on and backup projects

  • David Patterson

    Need this for my home.

  • Trish Gannon

    I would use this to backup my mosaic designs.

  • Joseph Woosley

    I would use it to start consolidating my DVD collection into digital content. I hate seeing stacks of DVD’s everywhere and I think 1 terrabye while it won’t complete the job will get me started. The upgrade to 17 terrabytes is great as it allows the continued use of this product instead of having to migrate to a new media server as I get addition DVDs and other content I want to store.

  • I would use this media server to store and organize the photos for my fledgling stock/fine art photo business.

  • andrea

    I would use it to back up all of my design and photography work!

  • I’d use it to organize all the photos floating around on the four computers in this household.

  • Heather G

    I would use it to consolidate all my pictures, videos and music! Thanks for the chance!

  • Diane Baum

    i would use it to back up information for my business.
    Diane Baum

  • I would store graphics files (my husband designs for fun, and I design for work), photographs, and personal video files. I just recently got a Flip Mino, and I want to try my hand at editing. The best aspect of the MediaSmart Server for me would be remote access to my files online. It’s usually a pain to transfer files back and forth from my laptop to our family’s shared desktop. A server would make it a breeze.

  • I would use this as a back up for All my pics and movies

  • Wut Manintu

    This is great for all the movies and video games i download

  • Josh Hackler

    My roommate and I are always figuring better ways to stream content to our tv, without spending alot of money. I would use it for storage for movies and shows.

  • Kirsten

    I would back up my company’s files and my music.

  • dorothy l

    I would use it to back up to save my pictures

  • Cliff Plumlee

    I would use it for photo backup and for streaming video to my TV.

  • katie

    I would use them to store my photos–I have over 12,000 and the collection is growing!

  • Shawna Chambers

    Wow, this would be a great way to network our house.

  • rachel

    for my music and movie collection!

  • Wow, this looks amazing, To avoid having a pile of drives on my desk I’ve been upgrading to larger and larger drives but feel bad for the inevitable drive that becomes useless. An upgradeable solution seems perfect for all the photo backup I need as well as my htpc video collection. Also, I run XBMC which is a UPNP client and would be able to receive the video stream from this server. I would be super excited to win this!

  • Jeanette H.

    I love taking pictures, I would use this to store all my pictures and many other things.

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

  • Nate Malone

    I would use this to give my wife the ability to backup all her mac files, and finally have a good excuse for another piece of nerd gear in the house. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • I’d back up photos and our family videos! We could share them easily without using up all our of pc’s hard drive.

  • Geoff K

    I’d definitely use it as an additional back-up source for all of my music files (and there are thousands of them!), family and vacation photos, class papers and presentations, and school-related articles and files. Thanks!

  • Aisling

    We have so much media to back up, this would be a lifesaver.

  • carol~

    I would use this for my website designs.

  • shirley

    id use it to store videos of my mother who passed away in 2002

  • Annette D

    Wow! I would love to have it to back up my pictures and music on my computer.

  • susan smoaks

    i would use this to back up our dvd collection and our mp3 collection

  • Patty

    Me, me. Pick me!

  • Tatum Vankirk

    We need this so bad I can see it sitting on my desk. We are both in college. I am going for Nursing than later to become a PA and he is going to be elementary teacher. We are lucky enough to be able to go to college because of the gi bill but could never afford such a luxury as the MediaSmart. Our 3 children are to the point were they also need to save projects and such on the computer. We also have a ton of pics and videos that we now have to back up with a flashdrive. Thank you so very much for such a great giveaway!!!!

  • Shawnna

    digitize all my movies in one spot!

  • sheri

    I would use it to backup our pictures, videos and other files!

  • kimbly

    I would use it to stream videos to my television

  • Brian Romberg

    I’d use it for photo storage and sharing my wife’s artwork as well.

  • Tim Hughes

    I seriously need one of these! I have files on 3 computers and I have none of them backed up. I am out of work and have been for over a year due to a car accident and can not afford to buy one. Please pick my number. PLEASE…

  • Sand

    This would be great for all the photos on my multiple computers.

  • Jay French

    I would love to use this to stream videos to the TV, and be able to pick up the stream on the computers we have in other rooms. I’d also like to have one computer be able to pull some internet radio shows and make them available on my own kind of radio station…

  • I would use this to consolidate all of our movies, music and photos. How awesome!

  • Mario D

    This would be great to use for my movies and music. I really want to win!

  • Stacy woods

    I would back up my important files and organize my photos!

  • Gianna

    For my business.

  • Janet

    I would use this to back up all of my files and my pictures:)

  • I would use this to show home movies on our tv

  • Tara Hill

    I would use it for all my media…photos, videos, etc!

  • Amanda

    We do graphic design work both custom oiginals and from templates. I’d like to have this to keep all my images on.

    Thank you!

  • Michelle Henriquez

    My computer is on its last leg and I need to back up my files, especially my photos.

  • Heather C

    I would use it for music and photo storage.
    I’d also love to install my movie making software and get busy making cool videos!

  • Heather

    I would use this to back up all of my photos and music, as well as all of my family history research that I’ve gathered!

  • Lily Kwan

    I would use the MediaSmart server to store my graphics, video, and audio.

  • And the winner is… Jeff Mahoney! Jeff, check your email.

    Thanks for playing everybody! And thank you to HP for providing such a fantastic prize!