Author Archive for Steve Crick


StableBit DrivePool and Scanner review

When the original version of Windows Home Server (WHS) shipped way back in 2007, one of its greatest features was the Drive Extender (or DE it was often referred to). Drive Extender was great for both novices and techies alike, as it allowed WHS to seamlessly aggregate all of the servers hard disks, and painlessly […]


Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS review

With data protection options, storage capacity flexibility and easy integration into an existing Active Directory domain, the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS comes primarily aimed toward a small business or branch office with up to 50 employees. The full name for this server is the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS. As […]


WD Sentinel DS6100 review

We haven’t had a Windows server to review for quite a while. Since the last one, the domestic market has seen an increase in the popularity of NAS servers, and Microsoft’s change to the Home Server product has limited the use of Windows based servers in the home. The new WD Sentinel S-Series promises to […]


WD Sentinel DX4000 Review

Western Digital are a brand well known to consumers, whether it is for the My Book storage range, WD TV media players or plain old internal hard disks, pretty much everybody has heard of or used a WD device. Now Western Digital have released the DX4000 small office storage server, which promises enterprise class data […]


Humu Humu Server Review

When you recognise the need for a home server, you have two main options; buy an OEM server from a major manufacturer or  build one yourself. OEM servers are still a bit thin on the ground, and not everybody is confident building their own server; selecting, integrating and assembling the components can be a bit […]


Acer AC100S Review

In a bit of a departure from the normal Windows Home Server based hardware review, today I find myself presented with an Acer AC100S server loaded with Microsoft Small Business Server 2001 Essentials (SBS). Back when WHS v1 first shipped, many small businesses immediately saw the benefits that a home server could bring with its […]


Exclusive Acer Revo Center RC-111 Review

It is always welcome to see a major international PC manufacturer launching new products into the neglected Windows Home Server 2011 marketplace, providing a much needed boost to the beleaguered profile of the WHS platform. The Acer Revo Center RC-111 is the latest home server from the Taiwanese PC giant, and it looks to be […]


Tranquil PC Leo HS4 Review

Tranquil PC have been long standing supporters of Windows Home Server, and at a time when there is little support from other PC manufacturers, Tranquil PC are offering a range of four different servers to UK users. On test here is the Leo HS4, which sits at the top of Tranquil PC’s range of Windows […]


HP ProLiant MicroServer Review

The last quarter of 2010 wasn’t a great time for WHS enthusiasts, with HP dropping the MediaSmart server range and Microsoft removing Drive Extender from Vail combining to dampen the spirits of all but the most diehard WHS fans. HP have thrown us as all a partial home server lifeline in the shape of the […]


HP StorageWorks X310 Data Vault Review

We have seen the HP MediaSmart range develop and expand into the domestic market over the last few years, but this is only the second server in the MediaSmart family to wear the small business orientated StorageWorks brand. The X310’s bigger brother, the StorageWorks X510 is essentially a re-badged business version of the MediaSmart EX495, […]