Features of particular interest to Mac users include the option of using the MediaSmart Server as a Time Machine backup destination, and its ability to act as an iTunes server.
One drawback is that the initial configuration of the MediaSmart requires the use of Windows.
The HP MediaSmart Server is sold with either one (ex485, $US599) or two (ex487, $US749) 750G hard drives. A maximum of four internal 3.5 in SATA drives can be installed, and additional storage can be connected via the four USB and one eSATA ports.
Files stored on the MediaSmart Server can be protected though a Windows Home Server feature called folder duplication, which keeps two copies of every file in duplicated folders on separate drives. If one drive fails, the other copy is still available.
Unlike RAID technology, this doesn't require that every file is duplicated, and it works with mismatched drives.