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3 USB (1tb) DRIVES + D600 Dell Laptop (30gb / 160gb)

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HELLO Noob here...I wanted to use an idle laptop to be a file server...
was wondering If I just can use windows 7 to share the drives or do I go the FREENAS route?

I have video/movie files on my drives and wanted to consolidate my file downloads in one place since I need to reinstall WIN 7 in several PC in the house...and wanted to acces the install files once I install windows...

just need brainstorming...collaboration here...thanks!thumb.gif
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So you want a file server or a video server?
If you want a file server you can just make a simple windows file share on the host machine with all of the storage.

If you want a video server go with plex it is very simple to use and set up.
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thanks!

I have 3 1tb USB storage drives...can I have that shared in the network as well? it has a bunch of .m2ts files...wanted XBMC to access these files since Im so disorganized...

btw...Do I put PLEX in both PCs?
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You can make shares with the USB drives.

For plex you just need to install Plex Server on the host machine then you can view it on any computer in your network from your web browser.
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OK THANKS!!!
Once I begin testing it the only wall will be that it will be wifi...in an N environment with a class G card...unless I have my USB N adapter attached...

I was forced to use wifi because for some reason win 7 cant detect the internal ethernet card (Broadcom?) /// driver support
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