Originally Posted by pdxrealtor
I can probably get a free PC, but what's it cost to build the NAS part? There must some software and hardware costs then add drives. On top of that from what I've read there is always a setup and dial it in time period.
I'm all ears.......
Most PCs already come with almost everything needed for a 4-6 drive NAS. Mobo usually come with 4-6 SATA ports. We are talking cheap here so RAID is almost always out if you go cheap. Alternative to RAID is SnapRAID and its free.
It depends on how you get the used PC. If it comes with Windows 7 then you are golden. XP Pro is a bit fickle when it comes to NAS but it can be done to save a few $. RAM can be as low as 2GB so that's not an issue.
On a used PC look for Intel NIC. If it has Realtek then get an Intel Pro 1000 ($30-40 at newegg). Done.
Drives are not factored in since you have to factor that in with any NAS build. We are talking initial HW costs.
I can find used PCs on Craigslist all day long that can be adapted to a NAS with very little additional costs.
Windows is more than enough if you are trying to save $.
FreeNAS is another OS alternative and its free. Most hardware is compatible.