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Alright... so my computer is essentially a massive storage device. Recently I've topped off an entire 1.6TB of HDD space and it's time to buy another HDD for my computer.

My question is... is there any way I can store the drives externally and map them to the network so I can share from them without my desktop being on? I imagine there's an enclosure to do this, but I have no idea where to even start looking.

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Look up NAS devices (Network attached storage). Its basically a hard drive server that sits on your network allowing whoever to connect and share with it.

Or you can just put the hard drivers in an old PC and use it solely for network storage and file sharing.
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Originally Posted by Jacko87 View Post
Look up NAS devices (Network attached storage). Its basically a hard drive server that sits on your network allowing whoever to connect and share with it.

Or you can just put the hard drivers in an old PC and use it solely for network storage and file sharing.
Absolutely right. I'd go with option 2 if you have an old PC you could do this with, as most of the NAS units i've seen are like 3 HDD's max, and are rather pricey (read $300.00 or more). I haven't looked at them in a while, so they may have come down, but a spare PC would be my first choice of solutions.

P.S> You should never use more than 80% of the space available on a HDD. Going over this increases the chance of corruption, prevents defragmentation as the drive has no room to shuffle things, hurts read\\write times, and often shortens the lifespan of the drive.
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A spare PC would probably be best. Most old PCs that would work (Read: 486/Pentium 1) use no more than 50W of power at load and even less when idle. You can hook up a PCI SATA card (or two) and hook up the hard drives to that. Set them to turn off when idle through windows power management, and you have yourself a perfectly working NAS that won't use much power.
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Absolutely right. I'd go with option 2 if you have an old PC you could do this with, as most of the NAS units i've seen are like 3 HDD's max, and are rather pricey (read $300.00 or more). I haven't looked at them in a while, so they may have come down, but a spare PC would be my first choice of solutions.

P.S> You should never use more than 80% of the space available on a HDD. Going over this increases the chance of corruption, prevents defragmentation as the drive has no room to shuffle things, hurts readwrite times, and often shortens the lifespan of the drive.
If you're right, then my C:/ drive should've died long ago. It's been near full for longer than I can remember. Same thing for my S:/ drive. Their 80GB drives, and almost always have less than 5GB free.
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Honestly, for those who haven't used Windows Home Server yet...


ITS AMAZING




https://n00bkillers.homeserver.com


^ My server. Id invest in that if you have THAT much storage. Not only can you share it on all your computers, homeserver can backup all your computer nightly and you get a FREE domain through Microsoft.
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Originally Posted by mhsbrian View Post
Honestly, for those who haven't used Windows Home Server yet...


ITS AMAZING




https://n00bkillers.homeserver.com


^ My server. Id invest in that if you have THAT much storage. Not only can you share it on all your computers, homeserver can backup all your computer nightly and you get a FREE domain through Microsoft.
not giving out the login information???? I can always use more music\\video\\games
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I just use an old P4 system with a raid card in it for my file server, works great, though in my scenario its only serving office documents and images, all audio/video is stored directly on my MCE system in the living room and shared from there.
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not giving out the login information???? I can always use more musicvideogames
Hahahahahahahahah,


theres so much xd.

I dont need you tieing up my 3mb upload rate either .
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post #10 of 24
The other thing I forgot to mention is if that if you end up going NAS or File Server, it's gonna to be worthwhile to go to gigabit connectivity on your network, I found 100 was sufficient for a while but now with Gb its much nicer.
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