My Windows Home Server got sick, and I lost all the PC backups. The backup database became corrupted, and while I tried all of Microsoft’s suggestions… only the last one worked. And, of course, the last one is to tell WHS to erase all PC backups in its matrix.
Worse, I was replacing a hard drive in a laptop at the time, and lost all the data on that system. Thankfully though, there wasn’t anything really of importance on it.
I think this symbolizes two things. One, you should never rely on a single backup. That’s why I have Mozy on my primary Mac and PC, and ensure all critical files flow into those systems so that they’re backed up online.
And, two, that Windows Home Server is a first generation product. It’s a good first generation product, and like all good first-gen products… it does its job well. But, there will be some bumps along the way, but so long as you take the typical precautions you always should (backup, backup, backup)… you should be fine.