I've always loved my WHS. I've been using it since the first beta, but I don't mind admitting I'm not the most committed beta tester. There was no way I was going to try restoring a backup to a machine that had nothing wrong with it using a beta product. If one of my machines failed during the beta, sure no problem, but I don't go looking for trouble. So in all the months I've been using the WHS I've never had to do a restore, until this weekend.
Steph's laptop randomly rebooted and then came up with a little message explaining the registry was corrupt. No problem, I'll restore it! Well the first restore didn't go as planned, in fact it bombed out with no message at all. However I figured it was a hard drive consistency problem, so I tried to do a chkdsk which told me there were errors that couldn't be fixed. So I bought a new hard drive, popped it in and tried the restore again (Note, I had to create a primary partition first which I could have done using Disk Management right in the restore process). This time the restore took an hour and at the end of that hour the laptop was up and running like nothing had ever happened!
I love it, I would have spent a couple days trying to fix the problem without blowing away the OS and then I would have given up on that, and then I would have spent some time trying to get all the files off the machine, then I would have to reinstall windows, then I would have to put all the files back on. The whole time Steph would be 'asking' when her computer was going to be fixed.
So why don't you have your own home server yet?!? Don't know what a home server is? Have more than 2 machines at home? Ask me about it sometime and I'll talk your ear off.
Note: The above picture is not an accurate representation of the events that led to the Steph lappy failure of '08 because we don't have a dog yet.