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One of the best potential features in Windows Home Server is its ability to dynamically allocate and deallocate multiple drives to the server, meaning that you can plug in and remove drives as desired to improve storage capacity. Unfortunately, serious data-corruption problems (see KB946676) on WHS systems with more than one hard disk made this a show-stopping bug for many users. Today, ZDNet's Ed Bott reports that the release candidate for WHS Power Pack 1 is now available, and the data-corruption bugs appear to have been squashed - thoroughly.
PowerPack 1 also includes many new features:
Because PowerPack 1 is a public beta, you need to visit the Microsoft Connect page for WHS and log in using a Microsoft Hotmail, Passport or Windows Live ID (you can get one free) before you can download WHS PowerPack 1. If you don't have a copy of WHS, you can also download an evaluation version from the same website.
Be sure to download the documentation (available in PDF or MS Word .DOC formats), which also describes tests Microsoft is asking users to run to assure that Power Pack 1 is ready for prime time.