Author Archive for Philip Churchill


Replacement Tools for WHS

Replace Windows Home Server With These Great Free Tools. That’s the title of an article at MakeUseOf who give us some other options for those of you who will not be upgrading to the 450 dollar Windows Server 2012 Essentials. For backup they suggest CrashPlan and Windows 7 native system imaging, for media streaming its […]


The History of Digital Storage Infographic

Mashable have made a great Infographic on the history of digital storage. From punch cards to cloud storage with lots of great information in between. For example a 8MB thumb drive would cost you $50 in 2000 whilst a 2GB one will now cost you just $7. Also a 4.4MB hard drive would cost you […]


Windows 8 – A Cheap, Effective Home Server

Instead of using Windows Home Server, tech writer Woody Leonhard suggests using Windows 8 as a cheap, effective home server. Woody takes us through the pieces required to build a Win8 server and how to install and run Win8 Pro as a server. He also includes details on how to setup SkyDrive and Fetch which […]


Back to Basics Guide for WHS 2011 have an article which takes a look at auto backups on your WHS 2011 box. The article first takes a look at setting up your server and setting up your client machines. Restoring files, recovering from a client disaster and triggering a manual backup are also taken a look at. And finally a look […]


Sooner or Later, your Hard Drive will Fail

The verge have an article on the options available to backup your PC or Mac. The article takes a look at both hardware and software solutions as well as The cloud, RAID, and NAS with some interesting facts thrown in for good measure: Google did an extensive, five-year study on the failure rate of consumer […]


Add-In: Drive Bender v1.3.7.5 BETA

Drive Bender have a new beta release with a bunch of "under the hood" stuff plus some new S.M.A.R.T. monitoring features. Here’s the change log for version BETA: Update: Much improved duplication speed and lower CPU overhead (most notable on large folders). Update: Duplication folder scanning speed have been much improved. Bug fix: When […]


WD Sentinel DX4000 Now Shipping with 16 TB Capacity

WD are now offering their Sentinel DX4000 with 16 TB Capacity for £1,749. Here’s their press release: WD® now offers its WD SentinelTM DX4000 small office storage server with a capacity of 16TB, in addition to existing shipping capacities of 4TB, 6TB, 8TB and 12 TB. WD Sentinel is a storage server designed specifically to […]


Windows Storage Server 2012 Released

Microsoft have released Windows Storage Server 2012 to its hardware partners. You can get your hands on an evaluation version from the Microsoft Download Center and full OEM versions from TechNet, MSDN and MAPS. Our goals for storage were to deliver innovations in four areas: Reducing the cost of storage Storage management efficiency Performance and […]


The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 198

Episode 198 of The Home Server Show is up: The Home Server Show welcomes the CEO of ioSafe, Robb Moore, to talk about the new N2 NAS powered by Synology.  This fireproof/waterproof NAS is an affordable two bay NAS that comes with ioSafe protections and Synology redundancy.  Were talking to Robb about why ioSafe went […]


My Server App for Windows Phone for WS2012 Essentials

The Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog gives us a run down on the My Server app for windows phone for Windows Server 2012 Essentials (that’s a mouth full!). Available now in the Windows Phone store the My Server app will allow you to view the following information from Windows Server 2012 Essentials: […]