I’ve got a RAID set up at my house, but Network-Attached Storage (NAS) is much cooler. FreeNAS server only takes up 16MB on a hard drive and is fully open source (read “free”), which means that you can install it on any old PC that you have sitting around. I’m going to go root around for an old tower PC with lots of drive bays so that I can maximize the storage using FreeNAS. A few nice features of FreeNAS:
- Supports software RAID models
- Supports access from Windows
- Supports access from Macintosh
- Built-in FTP
- Network File System (NFS)
Looking at the prices of hard drives these days, it doesn’t seem like it would be too expensive to build a redundant 1TB NAS.
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