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Thank You Windows Home Server!!

Windows Home Server Console

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So last night after panic and pulling my hair out I remembered what I now consider to be the best tech purchase I have ever made: my Windows Home Server!

Turns out that my problem actually was virus related which then in turn corrupted a section of my hard drive.  After fighting with a number of failed attempts to bring the system back I came across my home server cd’s and documentation.

I have an HP Media Smart Server and it comes with a PC Restore boot disk.  All I had to do was boot with the CD, provide the drivers to my NIC card via USB thumbstick, and then choose which back up I needed to restore.

Luckily I actually took the time to setup a backup for my C: Drive.  Due to space I only did the most important folders.  Upon restore the home server basically wiped out the drive and restored only the data that I had backed up.  I ended up losing some movie files that I had yet to move from my C: Drive but it was nothing that I could not get back from my actual DVD’s.

So I am back up and running and all is good.  I only missed one recording at the end of the day.  Thanks also to Tim who posted a comment reminding me about my home server.  If I had not remembered myself, Tim would have shaken me out of my panic induced stupor.

Breath….

Awww sh*t…

Soo, I did about the stupidest thing you can do and I don’t know why I did it.  I installed software that I “found” on the internet without scanning it for viruses first. 

The real stupid part of that is that I did it on my Media Center PC which I normally do not do.  I usually experiment on my laptop since I can easily rebuild it.

I had thought I had cleaned the virus off completely but it looks like I did not.  Last night I did the update and the computer rebooted just fine and was working fine.  Looks like remnants of the virus were still present and now my PC is currently bricked.

I tried the same process I did last time to get it back up and running with no luck.  Unfortunately I did not have time to really try and fix it because I had to come to work.

To really make matters worse this is a HUGE hit on the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) since my wife is at home sick and cannot watch TV until I get home to fix things.

Ugggghhh.  What a nightmare.  So my question to other Media Center users is what anti0virus software do you have installed?  Obviously my el cheapo antivirus did not do the trick so I need to get something that works.  I just cross my fingers I can get back online again without a rebuild.