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If the WHS machine fails, are the harddrives still readable by any machine or do you have to go out get another WHS machine before you can recover your data?

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If your data doesn't exist in at least 3 places you can't honestly say it's backed up. Failure of a single point shouldn't be an issue. – Phoshi Jan 14 '10 at 21:30
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Well, as long as it isn't the hard drive that fails, your data should be safe and readable in any other machine.

The only requirement would be that it has to be a Windows based machine if you are using Software Raid - and because of this, you will be limited to Windows Server editions or Windows Vista/7 Enterprise/Professional/Ultimate.

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i think that's the real crux of the question -- what storage types are typically used in WHS, and do those storage types migrate. to that end, you're spot on about software raid. – quack quixote Jan 14 '10 at 22:02

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