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Any Thoughts on RePurposing a Vintage HP EX475 MediaSmart


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First, and MOST IMPORTANTLY: I am not a "BYOB person" — my electronic construction career ended back in the early 1960's when I assembled a HeathKit transistor radio.

 

Anyway, I have an HP EX475 WHS unit which I took out of service a few years ago ...right after Microsoft broke my heart when they announced they were doing away with Drive Extender.

 

I'm wondering if maybe there's an easy way to re-use the HP box as plain enclosure for 1 - 4 drives. Who knows, someone might even be able to talk me through setting up a RAID.

 

Since I retired the MediaSmart box I've been using a Droid-FS 5 bay networked unit to house backups of our two laptops and act as a server, though I tend to move any files I need to work on from the Drobo to the laptop and then back again for "storage."

 

My wife is on a tear. I need to find a use for the EX475.

 

Let me know if anyone has any ideas - thanks!

 

Jim

Maine

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Sorry, all the previous conversation turned out to be about the possibility of selling the EX475 and the thread was moved to the Buy/Sell arena.

 

I've re-posted here wanting to re-address whether or not someone might have some thoughts about how I could possibly use the unit as a simple 4 bay disk enclosure.

 

Jim

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I suppose you could find a long SFF-8087 Forward cable and use it to extend the drive cage SATA links to the outside of the chassis.

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some ideas off the top.......

 

Pull it out of retirement and using a relatively cheap (see Newegg recondition drive sales or go to goharddrive.com) VelociRaptor as the OS drive reload WHS-V1, put 3 pre-advanced format drives in the other 3 slots and use it as a NAS Box.

 

If you happen to have a KVM you could make a low-powered/cheap/low-performance desktop out of it but if you don't have a KVM then don't bother -- they cost ~$80 and aren't worth it now IMHO.

 

I know some guys have converted the MSS boxes to simple external HDD boxes so hopefully some of them will chime in. 

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