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So easy, a 10 year old can install the HP Data Vault

CartoonCalvin100X100.JPGBy Calvin Zito, aka @HPStorageGuy


When we announced our X310 Data Vault in early June, I talked with the product manager Bill Johnson.  I had mentioned to Bill that I had video of my 10 year old son installing ourX510 and just how easy it was to install.  It took me a bit longer than I had wanted but I finallyhave that video for you in today's article.  In addition to my son installing it, I talk about usingmy X510 to back up four PC's on my home network. 


I was ready to edit the video of my son installing the X510 yesterday and when I opened my FlipShare (managesand edits my Flip videos), the folder was gone from my PC.  I talked to Flip support and was told that it could havebeen caused by updating to the latest software and some firewall incompatibility.  (I want to make clear that Idon't know why the folder was gone but I do know it disappeared soon after I updated my software).  But thanks tomy X510, I was able to restore the files and life is good again.  Here's the video:



When I mentioned on Twitter a couple of days ago that I was able to restore my data from the Data Vault, I had afew responses like "Why not use Mozy" or "I like Carbonite better".  Those are probably fine solutions if you have asingle PC or all your data in "one basket".  I think the Data Vault would be ideal for the customer with less than 10PC's and that need a solution to cost effectively backup and share their data. 


There are other features of the X510 that I'm not using yet, like video streaming and remote access.  If I start touse those, I'll post another video.  Hope you found this helpful.  


And of course, thanks Cameron for helping me install our Data Vault!  I love you!

Martin1 | ‎07-09-2010 05:25 PM

I struggle to understand how an online backup service like carbonite or moxy can be such a favorite.  As a customer, you are putting your most private information in to the hands of a company that you do not know.  What happens if one of these companies goes out of business - what happens with your private information then?  Who will own your data when those servers and disk arrays are sold on the open market in an attempt to pay back creditors?  Additionally, their services are so slow.  A USA Today article states; "In USA TODAY tests, we began backing up a 100-gigabyte hard drive in October; it was finished by late December."  Really?  Can you afford to wait for more than a month to get all of your data backed up?  What about restoring a computer after a crash?  Read it here:

| ‎07-10-2010 06:08 PM

Hi Martin,  I had heard stories (that the online services could take a long time to do the first backup) but the USA Today story you pointed to confirms it.  It would be interesting to know how long it takes to get your data back when one tries to recover. 


The bottom line is that every solution out there has tradeoffs and customers should understand what they are before making a decision.  Thanks!

kristie Popp | ‎07-14-2010 02:21 PM

Calvin, I saw there were two extra spaces for more disks. How easy are they to put in? With all disks in place, how many machines can connect to it?


Great video - I think I might be able to do this Smiley Happy

| ‎07-14-2010 05:08 PM

Hey Kristie,


I just pulled out the tray for one of those empty slots and it looks to be very easy to add a new disk.  The nice thing as well as is that many other similar solutions require that you buy the disk from them.  With the Data Vault, as long as you use a SATA drive with the right specs, you can use it (so you don't have to buy a disk from HP) so that really helps keep cost down


Thanks for asking!

Jaberwok | ‎11-10-2010 11:05 PM

I wouldn't recommend it.  I've got an X510 with dual hard drives (well it used to have 2).  One of the drive failed after a few days and 6 weeks later I'm still waiting for a replacement.   HP seem completely paralyzed when it comes to replacement parts.   No amount of calls or e-mail;s has elicited any useful response.   If you want Windows Home Server I'd suggest looking  a for a box with better support.

| ‎11-11-2010 11:30 PM

@Jaberwok - sorry to hear about the issues you're having.  I'm not sure I know what the details of your case are (is it still under warranty or under a service contract) but if you send me an email with your case ID with HP Support, I'll see if I can get someone to take a look at it.  My email is calvin dot zito at hp dot com (replace the "dots" and "at" with appropriate symbols).


Personally, my Data Vault continues to perform flawlessly.  I recently had to re-image my HP work laptop because some software got corrupted.  My Data Vault saved my bacon because it was the only backup I had of my data. 

Thanks again and please do reach out to me - Calvin

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