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The MediaSmart server includes four internal drive bays, all of which are full in this review unit. The graph on the right shows how much of the total drive space is in use for each data type. Because of the clever storage scheme for backups, this unit has squeezed 400GB of backup storage into roughly half that much space.
This PC, which is connected to the Home Server using client software, gets backed up automatically every night. Each of these entries represents a full backup image. I can restore an individual file (or files) from a given day's backup set or restore a complete image in the event of a hard disk crash, malware attack, or other crisis. A bootable restore CD connects a PC to the server in that case.
This customized control center was designed by HP developers to put an easier front end on server access for end users. If you build your own system using the OEM release of Windows Home Server, you won't see it.