Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jun 2007 12:11 UTC
Windows Earlier this year, Microsoft announced its upcoming Windows Home Server product; a sort of beefed up NAS based on Windows Server 2003 SP2. A few days ago, Microsoft released the first release candidate for Windows Home Server, and since I was admitted into the beta program, I downloaded this release and transformed my trusty desktop x86 into a Home Server.
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RAID
by sb56637 on Fri 15th Jun 2007 13:31 UTC
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2006-05-11

Doesn't the combined hard drive pool create a higher probability for data loss? If only one hard drive fails, the entire file system is destroyed, correct?

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RE: RAID
by segedunum on Fri 15th Jun 2007 14:36 in reply to "RAID"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Doesn't the combined hard drive pool create a higher probability for data loss? If only one hard drive fails, the entire file system is destroyed, correct?

Bingo.

This basically means you really do need to back the thing up, or you shouldn't really rely on the thing. It's quite a poor set up really. I'd rather Microsoft just got themselves a proper software RAID implementation.

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v RE[2]: RAID
by PlatformAgnostic on Fri 15th Jun 2007 15:03 in reply to "RE: RAID"
RE: RAID
by PlatformAgnostic on Fri 15th Jun 2007 14:56 in reply to "RAID"
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2006-01-02

No... the file system is not destroyed because WHS doesn't use anything like RAID. Unplugging a drive will make it "missing" from the perspective of the server, but only the files on it seem to be inaccessible. I don't have one of these with me (and I don't really have the hardware to run it on), but perhaps Thom can tell us if the drives are in fact just NTFS drives with some metadata related to the server.

That's what the whole "duplicate items" feature is about (see thom's review). That feature would be pointless if the whole FS were unusable with the loss of one drive.

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RE[2]: RAID
by Luminair on Fri 15th Jun 2007 16:19 in reply to "RE: RAID"
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2007-03-30

This is correct. WHS isn't rocket science, it just stores files on a hard drive. If you set it to duplicate the files, it stores the files on two hard drives. If you kill a drive, naturally the contents are gone. The end.

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