Add-In: Disk Management for Windows Home Server

The Disk Management add-in from fellow MVP Sam Wood is designed for users who need more detail about their server’s storage status than what the standard Server Storage interface provides. It’s also the 1st add-in I install on a Windows Home Server box and the good news is that a new version is finally available with lots of new features.

The add-in has been entirely re-architected to use a Windows Service to do all the back-end heavy lifting, with no more pop-up windows to see detailed information about your disks, it’s all there in one display.


New Features in Version 1.1:

  • Significantly improved user interface (including a collapsible pane for the wireframe if you don’t use it)
  • Significantly improved performance, especially on multi-core CPUs
  • Charts for disk space statistics
  • Charts for disk space utilization over time
  • Disk statistics logging to a file
  • More disk details, including the NTFS mount point for each disk
  • Real counting of the actual backup database size (for all you crazy kids with backup duplication enabled)
  • A detailed help file

Changes to version

  • Fixed help link in Settings
  • Added pre-install check to make sure previous versions have been uninstalled

As well as these new features Sam Wood’s company website, “Tentacle Software” has also had a major facelift. With a new style, and a new store.

The other major change is that Disk Management will no longer be free, but instead  moving to a paid model, which will help ensure that Disk Management is supported and maintained in the future. A free 30-day trial, with no feature or functionality limitations is available, to help you decide if the new improved add-in is for you.  If so, then a license for v1.x will cost you just US$10 per home server, which is not too bad at all.


Tentacle Software stated that Disk Management 1.1 is the start of something special, and that they have got plans for all sorts of goodies for Windows Home Server users which they are sure that you will love.

You can download version from here.

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  1. raul pared says:

    from free to $10 is a big leap

    • JackW says:

      Why don’t you do the work and the updates that way you’ll always get it free.

      Pretty cheeky to complain, if you don’t see the value then there is no reason to use it. Getting something for nothing is nice, expecting (demanding) something for free is nothing short of ridiculous. I’m sure you could dig $10.00 worth of change out of the couch, but again -if you don’t need the app or don’t recognize its value (or the work that goes into it) then don’t bother.

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