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Ask Engadget HD: What's the best HDD-equipped HD media server?

Darren Murph

For some, HD media streamers are the answer. For others, a dedicated HTPC does the trick. For Nick, it's an HDD-based HD media server that he's after -- you know, those HDD enclosure-sized boxes that provide local multimedia for your HDTV to play back.

"I'm in the market for a hard drive-based HD media server, as I'm not really interested in messing with a network in order to stream content from a PC to my TV. Local storage of my content is fine, so I'm looking for the box with the most user friendly interface and the widest format support. Any tips?"

Surely someone out there has a bit of advice for ole Nick here. Don't let him down -- he's really putting himself out there.

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