No fix for data corruption bug in Windows Home Server

Two months after acknowledging a serious data corruption bug exists in Windows Home Server, Microsoft has admitted it still has no fix. The latest update to its knowledgebase entry essentially says, "still workin' on it". The bug relates to a little known, but frequently used, method of writing hidden data to NTFS file systems, which is incompatible with the disk pooling strategy used in Home Server.

The software giant first acknowledged the problem on December 21 last year, providing a list of programs that could cause data on a Windows Home Server to become corrupted, including Windows Vista Photo Gallery, Windows Live Photo Gallery, OneNote 2007, OneNote 2003, Outlook 2007, Money 2007, SyncToy 2.0 beta, QuickBooks and uTorrent.

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Yeah it is a serious bug and I know many professionals who have completely dumped Home Server and have gone back to using Server 2003 and 2008 (faster than 2003) now

WTF, those are all popular programs (although it is debatable if they should be on a server). How does a program go from beta to final with that serious of a bug.

The programs aren't located on the server, the files are. The files are only corrupted if they are re-written/edited via the program that is on your client computer. So if you have mp3's on your server and edit the meta tag via winamp, this would cause the files to be corrupted.

(bigl523 said @ #3.1)
The programs aren't located on the server, the files are. The files are only corrupted if they are re-written/edited via the program that is on your client computer. So if you have mp3's on your server and edit the meta tag via winamp, this would cause the files to be corrupted.

Well, it sounds like a really serious bug to me. Should have been cought and fixed in the beta phase. Do you want to tell me that none of the beta testers directly modified files on the sever?

I use a beta release of Windows 95 (Chicago), both of my CPUs are powered by hamster wheels, and I communicate by smoke signals. Trust me, you don't even want to know how I format a floppy disk. :nuts: