The HP Media Vault MV2120 is a two-bay NAS drive that novice networkers will find simple to set up and use. While it offers flexible expansion options with a free internal drive bay and two USB ports, the intrusive Media Vault software and lack of a print server dampen our enthusiasm a bit.
If you want a sturdy, external CD-RW drive, the HP CD Writer 8230e is affordable and offers a lot of bells and whistles.
The Media Vault Pro provides an excellent way to back up multiple computers or share media files across your network. It's easy to recommend because it doesn't cost too much, has numerous features and is simple to use. This is one of the best network hard drives around at the moment
The HP Media Smart Server is a great way of stockpiling all your digital content in a box that's always on, always accessible and always easy to use. It's slightly too noisy for our liking, but it's a great introduction to the world of home servers
HP's SimpleSave portable drive does make backups simple, as long as your file names aren't too long.
The DVD100i is an excellent, speedy drive for backup or for authoring DVD movies that will work in newer players. However, it can't match a DVD-R drive for compatibility with older drives and players.
Though the compatibility of DVD+Rs with other hardware is still unproven, the DVD200i is a fast all-in-one optical drive and excellent for both backing up your system and for mastering DVDs.
HP's replacement for the DVD200i is solid, if uninspiring. You get decent performance and features and superior support for a darn good price.