Networked attached storage devices are becoming increasingly common in home network setups, but they remain fairly expensive for what seems like a fairly simple idea. If you’d prefer to make rather than pay for a NAS then take a look at NASLite. They have a range of options for building your own NAS device from any ancient PC you might have lying around.
NASLite has 3 main distributions, CD based, HDD based or USB based depending on how you want your PC to boot. It’s designed for your typical home network setup and doesn’t need a fast PC by any means, for example the basic requirements are:
Pentium or better processor
64Mb or more of RAM
1 or more fixed disk drives
PCI or on-board network interface adapter (no USB adapters)
If you want RAID with your NAS you’ll need RAID hardware, the NASLite software won’t do it for you. The NAS can be run without a screen, keyboard or mouse and you have full control via Telnet and you can keep track of things via HTML based reports.
The website has a full list of compatible hardware so you can check it all before you buy and there’s a forum and the usual community to help your untangle your BIOS from your SCSI. It’s $US29.95 for the CD, HDD or USB version of the software.
Photo of NAS from flickr
NASLite-2 HDD is a Network Attached Storage (NAS) Server Operating System designed to transform a basic computer into a dedicated SMB/CIFS, NFS, AFP, FTP, HTTP and RSYNC file server. NASLite-2 HDD is specifically designed to boot from a suitable IDE or SATA device and is intended for use in any low-security environment or application that requires the simultaneous availability of large amounts of inexpensive networked storage.