Cracking Open the MV5100 HP Media Vault

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The HP Media Vault brings network attached storage to the masses in an affordable and easily configurable way.

With hard drive prices falling and digital media use soaring, it was only a matter of time until the demand for user friendly NAS boxes were high enough to warrant a product such as the HP Media Vault.

Having had a RAID-5 home server for over 8 years for storage of photos, mp3s, videos, college documents etc, I was eager to crack this product open and see what made it tick.

Front shot, door closed. The HP Media Vault is, by NAS comparison, tiny. It's only 5.5" high.

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