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  (Source: AnandTech)
Newegg lists Windows Home Sever OEM for $190

Microsoft is finally ready to roll with its Windows Home Server software platform. The Redmond, Washington-based software company pushed out a release candidate version of the software in June and released it to manufacturing in mid-July.

Microsoft Windows Home Server (32-bit) is now available to purchase by anyone looking to turn an old PC into a multi-functional storage/media/backup/remote access hub. Newegg lists the OEM version of the software on its website for $189.99.

Windows Home Server doesn't feature outlandish system requirements and will likely run just fine on a machine that is four or five years old. The bare minimum requirements are a 1GHz Pentium III processor and 512MB of RAM and many users have found much success with similar hardware.

For those that would prefer to buy a pre-built Windows Home Server system, there are plenty of solutions on the way. HP has a $599, 500GB EX470 server and a $799, 1TB EX475 server while competing solutions from Velocity Micro are also in the works.

Other companies who will produce Windows Home Server systems include Fujitsu-Siemens, Gateway, Iomega LaCie and Medion.

For more information on Windows Home Server and all of its features, be sure to check out AnandTech's preview.



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RE: Whats the difference.
By Donkeyshins on 10/11/2007 4:36:43 PM , Rating: 3
Sorry. There is no failsafe data storage solution that can't be defeated by simple stupidity.

:)


RE: Whats the difference.
By mindless1 on 10/12/2007 4:58:05 AM , Rating: 2
LOL

But you're always find some tool that says you should make daily backups to DVD and HDD and immediately drive to some offsite location to store that in a fireproof, waterproof, nuclear blast proof station on the moon.

Practically speaking, morons that try to suggest 1 in 1 billion failures completely miss the point. Computers and data are meant to make our lives easier, not the other way around.


RE: Whats the difference.
By TomZ on 10/12/2007 6:30:11 AM , Rating: 1
I do a lot of file management as a part of my job, and in my experience, accidently deleting a file is actually not uncommon at all - maybe 1/100?

Also FYI, it's easier than most think to lose a RAID1 volume. I had a drive power connection come loose once in a RAID1 volume, and due to a very stupid design of the Promise RAID BIOS and a little carelessness on my part, I ended up losing the entire volume of data.

The reason was that when the drive dropped out of the array, the stupid BIOS reset all the RAID settings (sector size, etc.), which prevented the data from being accessed until I could restore all those settings exactly to their default settings. Since I didn't have all the settings written down (how could I have known to do that?), I ended up using trial-and-error, trying all combinations of settings. No combination ever worked, even after hours of trying. I ended up formatting the volume and restoring data from my last backup. I lost maybe a day or two of work and e-mails.

So, LOL to you and your overconfidence that RAID will save the day!


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