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Restore on Windows Home Server

December 13th, 2007

I seem to have a failed hard drive every 6 months or so.  This week was the first time that I had to rebuild a PC since I started doing daily backups with Windows Home Server.  One of the drives in my RAID 0 array on my main PC failed and I was unable to boot.  I keep a spare hard drive at home, so I took out the failed drive and plugged in the new one.  I put in the Windows Home Server Restore CD and booted up.  No issues with the CD finding all of the relevant drivers, though I did have to unplug the USB cable to my Dell monitor so that all of the media card reader slots wouldn’t show up as drive letters.

I had setup a new RAID 0 array in the BIOS but then had to go thru the Disk Manager in the Restore CD to be able to format the drive.  All was going well till I got an error along the lines of “unable to connect to home server due to a network error”.  I tried everything I could think of to get the Restore CD PC to recognize my server to no avail.

I finally solved the problem by unplugging my Router from the internet / WAN connection, and also unplugging all devices besides the Restore PC and the Home Server.  After that the Restore PC was able to find the Home Server, I selected the most recent backup and 3 hours later I was up and running again without any further configuration!  Besides the hiccup with networking (my guess is NetBIOS naming problems) I can’t complain at all.  WHS came thru and has already paid for itself in saved time!

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