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Hey guys,

I am hoping to create a home server to store files, music, media, etc and be able to access it remotely. Not even sure where to start. I've been reading about FreeNAS as a great home server solution.

My biggest problem I think is that it needs to support Mac and Windows files.

Any suggestions or help is welcome.

I already have the hard drive and I'd prefer an ITX motherboard for a smaller footprint computer. I also prefer Intel if it matters.
Edited by zionic - 10/13/11 at 6:16pm
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post #2 of 7
You can always take the Windows Home Server approach. It's as easy as finding WHS 2007, which I prefer because of Drive Extender, and piecing together a PC. WHS takes the guess work out.
    
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I am totally willing to do that, but the whole mac and windows thing confuses me. Do you know if macs can save to it? I know that they use different file systems.

Either way, thanks for replying.
Edited by zionic - 10/13/11 at 6:43pm
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I've never had an issue with sharing files between my iBook and my WHS.
    
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Fantastic! Thanks.

I currently have:

Zotac 9300 ITX
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor (forgot specs)
8gb Corsair RAM
2tb HDD, 1tb HDD

I'm assuming there should be no issue with them running on this, right?
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Oh my no. I'm running a Core 2 Duo E4300 with 2GB of RAM!
    
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Awesome! Thank you.

Apparently there's also a way for Time Machine (Mac) to backup to WHS too. Thought that might be worth noting for anyone who might read this that wants to know.
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