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I have an old Dell computer (core 2 duo) that I want to turn into a file server and I am wondering how I should go about this software wise. The computer currently has an fresh install of Windows XP Pro on it. As far as hardware plans I will probably grab either a 1tb driver or a 2tb drive and a PCI to Sata II card to start.

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Well a lot of people use FreeNAS

Are you looking to do this on Windows Xp?
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Well a lot of people use FreeNAS

Are you looking to do this on Windows Xp?
I don't really care what OS it uses, as long as it works with computers running windows 7.
post #4 of 8
looks like this is a Linux based program.. dont use the newest version as that rig only fits the minimum requirements. http://doc.freenas.org/index.php/Hardware_Requirements
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If you just want to share a few files then just enable folder sharing in XP. Right click and create the folder/drive as a share and add users.

If you want a full file serving OS; go with WHS or FreeNAS.
    
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Free nas. You need to add few more ram If you want use zfs.
    
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I actually loaded up Amahi Home Server using a Fedora dvd, I got it right the 2nd time. It was somewhat easy getting there... but then I wasnt totally impressed with it, and I am not comfortable with Linux and its operating syste,. I ended up purchasing Windows Home server. Newegg has it for around $48 with a promo code they sent out in their Columbus Day Sales email.

I gave up on Amahi Quickly, if you know any linux or anything it may be worth checking out. It seemed feature filled, but I want to get my media server up and running, and I figured windows would just end up being easier for me.

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Here is the code for WHS discounted on newegg: EMCJKKC89
     
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I would just setup share folders on the server, then map the share to a drive letter that mounts everytime you login. That's how I setup my office.
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