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Windows 7: The safest place for your digital memories

15 Sep 2009   #1

The safest place for your digital memories

Many people today have rescued their important documents and media by using Windows Home Server’s backup and restore capabilities. One man claims that Windows Home Server even saved his marriage.

Hopefully, by now you have read our Top 10 list for the reasons you should use Windows Home Server. Now, I will be telling you a little bit more about each point, and we are going to start with the most commonly used features, Backup and Restore.

The prospect of losing or damaging your precious possessions is terrifying. Today, a lot of those possessions are digital, such as your irreplaceable pictures. In general, we do our best to protect those items by occasionally backing up our computers, but shouldn’t something that important be looked after better? For total peace of mind, Windows Home Server does a complete image-based backup automatically everyday.

With Windows Home Server's data recovery capabilities, you can bring back individual files or folders. You can even recover a PC that's had an unfortunate accident or hard drive failure because Windows Home Server makes a copy of the entire contents of your home computer’s hard drive. Scott Hanselman is one of the many people that have used this feature, and he claims that it was so successful, it saved his marriage. In this post , Scott Hanselman writes about how he saved the day when his wife’s PC had a hard drive get smashed in by their 2-year old son. Windows Home Server is known for its speed when going through the restore process, and Scott is a true testament to that claiming “I hit Finish and it took like 11 minutes (creepy fast) to restore”. In no time, he had his wife’s PC fully restored and running like normal.


Scott’s story is only one among many others. One member of the Windows Home Server team asked the public to tell him their stories of how their Windows Home Server has “saved their lives”. Hundreds of people responded to this post, along with enthusiastically talking about how much they love having a Home Server.

Some highlighted quotes from this forum include:

  • “I also had a very easy time setting up Windows Home Server and it just works".
  • “After about an hour or so, I went and watched TV while this was running, I was back in business.  This definitely saved me time in rebuilding the laptop, without Windows Home Server it would have been 8 hours of rebuilding the OS and reinstalling all of my applications.”
  • “This has to be one of Microsoft's best products that have come down the line.”
  • “Windows Home Server saved me from a fairly ugly Saturday night and Sunday rebuilding my workstation.”
  • “I actually don't have a bad thing to say about it, great product.”
If you are interested in learning more about Windows Home Server and it’s backup and restore capabilities, HP has created a "How To" video where you can watch an HP MediaSmart Server protect your files.

For further information, you can also visit


My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Sep 2009   #2

Vista Ult64, Win7600

I'm going to try it for free and see what it is like, Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ulti. x64

I am in my third week of my WHS project. Got my eval copy from Connect. Installed on an old Gateway Profile 4. I made good progress and did some back ups of some test machines. Actually the Grandkids PC's they each have their on with favs saved of internet games and youtube songs. All was good so I decided to test a restore, trashed the os, oops. Re-installed 7600 and copied favorites back into IE. WHS saved me. I like it so far.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Sep 2009   #4

Win 7 Build RTM

I am a HUGE fan of WHS, but the last time I tried a restore of a Win7 disk, it would NOT work. It had major problems with the 100Mb ( or is it Gb) hidden partition. I was not impressed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2009   #5


I did my first restore from a WHS backup earlier this week after screwing my OS up, after 10mins I was fully restored to to last backup from 7pm the day before with no messing about
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2009   #6

Win 7 Build RTM

I should have added my restore was to a brand spanking new hard drive that did not have the hidden partition already there. :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2009   #7
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit

I was reading about this in my RSS Feeds this morning, haven't gone to the site yet to follow it up but I will, even though it's probably not something I'll be able to afford to do, but it's nice to know these things
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional, Windows XP

Awesome, Nice Info, Thanks z3R010.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ulti. x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
I did my first restore from a WHS backup earlier this week after screwing my OS up, after 10mins I was fully restored to to last backup from 7pm the day before with no messing about
Very nice! Did you use the admin console or a live restore dvd. I blamed my fail on the 100mb partition or the fact that it was a dual boot system. I like being connected to the backups via my home network thats very cool!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2009   #10


I made a restore USB stick
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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