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After nearly half a year diseased Windows Home Server may finally be getting close to a fix for its corruption issues

Microsoft is urging Windows Home Server (WHS) users not to get too optimistic that a bug-free fix for the operating system's chronic corruption problems will be finished by June, due to the time needed for testing.  It is understandable why it has to issue such a statement; WHS users obviously are likely to be a bit impatient after the long saga of problems that have plagued the OS.

Initially released last November with high hopes and billed by Microsoft to be the future of home user storage, it was soon discovered that the OS corrupted some types of files.  As the month passed, the number of file types found to be corruption susceptible and the situations under which corruption arose merely grew.  Microsoft promised a fix soon after Christmas.  By March there was still no fix and word came from Microsoft that the WHS's underlying file system was broken and that a full fix would not be available to June.

Microsoft did discover that the problem seemed to revolve around the use of multiple hard drives.  Users with two or more hard drives were the main victims of corruption.  There have been scattered unsubstantiated reports of single hard drive corruption.  In its blog Microsoft wrote, "It is at an extremely low level of the operating system and it requires thorough testing to ensure that the fix addresses the issue."

This week Microsoft finally rolled out the beta build of that fix, named WHS Power Pack 1.  Microsoft's WHS team is being cautious with beta release and checking for problems.  They write in their blog, "We intend to allow adequate time for feedback and thorough testing during the beta process."

As Microsoft points out, if this means missing the promised June release date, so be it.  They state in their blog, "
That date could change as testing progresses."

Until the fix is released Microsoft is basically recommending WHS users to limit their use of files on their systems.  This includes changing the server's share folders settings to read only and avoiding the use of media management programs such as Windows Media Player or iTunes with files on the server.  According to Microsoft, users should "
also avoid redirecting applications to access files that are stored in the Shared Folders because some applications may change the metadata of a file without explicit user action."

The problems with WHS have been perhaps the greatest on any recent Windows OS.  With the new patch the WHS team hopes to turn over a new leaf.  But they acknowledge that they may have to wait to do so.

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RE: why?
By MrDiSante on 5/26/2008 6:37:34 PM , Rating: 5
Unfortunately RAID is missing a large chunk of the necessary features. For RAID you have to have same-size paired HDD's - WHS's Drive Extender removes that restriction, but as with just about every Microsoft 1.0 product it's got problems that need to be worked out. - here's a more in-depth post on Anand's blog.

RE: why?
By Pirks on 5/26/2008 7:01:31 PM , Rating: 2
Windows lovers can find consolation in the fact that the same kind of bug found in Mac OS 10.5 where it was corrupting disks while copying files over the network like there was no tomorrow.

So yeah, MS is somewhat $hitty when it comes to code quality, but what's good here is that it's no more $hitty than that fruity RDF-touting company's code is :-P And it just turned out MS is not more $hitty even in hardware department - I just got a few friends complaining that their precious PS3 BR drives took a dirty nap :-) Seems like Sony just got their own kind of RROD, hehe

I say MS is pretty decent with regard to product quality these days when you look at their competition and compare :P

RE: why?
By leexgx on 5/27/2008 5:58:29 AM , Rating: 3
there was the bug when moveing files as well

if you moved and file to an removable disk or network share and it was unpluged, disconnected or ran out space the Mac OS would del the files that was left on your pc that you was trying to move :)

RE: why?
By jimbojimbo on 5/28/2008 4:55:30 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, this was touted as a "feature" in the OS and not a bug. Some people actually defended it. Go figure.

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