Today' story came from a gentleman named Bruce... 

I got up Saturday morning and went into my office with a morning snack. The first thing I noticed was a “WwrrrrrrWrrrrrrWrrrrr” coming from my office, something didn’t sound quite right. When I opened the door, I was greeted with “ABIT Bios”, System disk not found. I used to work for hp, writing disk drive firmware and I know a bad spindle when I hear one. Sure enough it was my main system drive. Dead. But I had hope…

Awhile ago, I had set up a home server, and already it had saved my wife’s e-mail from oblivion. She had accidently lost her .pst file when transferring from her desktop PC to a notebook, and I was able to restore it from the home server and save all her contact information. I seem to remember some kind of emergency disk in the home server box. Hmmmmmm.

I went down to office max, and I found a new hard disk that morning. By 10am, I had it installed. I rebooted from the emergency restore disk in the home server box, and was able to easily format the new drive. It showed me that I had a backup from 1:15 Saturday morning on the server, so I selected it, and the new drive. It started restoring. There were several hundred GB of data to be restored, so I left it to its task. I checked its progress at dinner time, and it was complete. I had to do a small fix to make everything bootable again, but once it restated, everything was back to normal! No data loss. All my apps worked.

Windows Home Server has been a great user experience for me and my family. Everyone in the house uses it. The installation was incredibly simple and clean. The features are simple and powerful, and the backup works like a dream.

 t.