If you have a lot of data — photos, movies, backups, or other files — a home server is a great way to keep them all in one place for use throughout your house. The Fractal Design Node 804 is my choice for a good-looking, functional PC case for a DIY home server.
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Even with the influx of cheap mini-PCs such as Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) series, the humble Network Attached Storage (NAS) unit still has its place. However, if you're new to the NAS game and want one for the house, perhaps to file the role of file server, there are a few caveats to consider before you go ahead with your purchase.
Dear Lifehacker, I'm thinking about building a NAS (Network-Attached Storage) for storage and backups, but I don't know if I should build a computer or use an old one I have kicking around, or if I should buy a special enclosure like a Drobo or Synology for the job. What do you suggest?
Dear Lifehacker, I'm ready to take the plunge and build my own home server, but I'm not sure which route I should take. I've seen guides for FreeNAS, Amahi and even regular ol' desktop Linux, but which should I use? Does it even matter?
If you have a file server that is still running Windows XP, it's a massive security risk for your business. With the end of Microsoft's regular security patch schedule for XP, you won't have any protection against new vulnerabilities. If you upgrade to a business NAS to store your data, you'll be protected against intrusion and find a swathe of innovative and new features as well. Let's take a look.
Synology NAS drives are popular, and they're great for storing files on your home network, streaming media or backing up your computer. Left unchecked, however, those backups can fill up your available storage in a hurry.
Yesterday, Western Digital unveiled its first My Cloud storage solution for Australian consumers. The WD My Cloud is a personal cloud drive that allows users to remotely access and backup content across all of their devices. It's essentially a cross between a traditional NAS and a cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive with all data stored on your own private device. It offers virtually unlimited storage potential (via USB 3.0) with no monthly fees to worry about.
You've heard the word "server" thrown around a lot, but it's usually in the context of websites or big companies that have a lot of data to store. In reality, a server can be just as useful in your home. In this guide, we'll walk through how to create your own home server out of an old or cheap computer that can do all your downloading, streaming and backup tasks 24/7.
A network storage device is one of the best ways to keep your data backed up, but it can be pricey to set up, and leaving a computer on all the time sucks a lot of power. If you're looking for a cheap and low-power solution, How-To Geek shows off how to use a Raspberry Pi with a external hard drive as a NAS.
There are plenty of NAS (network-attached storage) enclosures which you can load with hard drives to create effective centralised storage for your home network. All promise to keep your data accessible and backed up for redundancy on multiple drives, but which ones do the best job? Here are five top picks based on your nominations.
Dear Lifehacker, I like the idea of having a networked backup, streaming and torrenting machine using FreeNAS or Ubuntu, but I'm not sure what hardware I should use to build it. Any suggestions? Thanks, Simple Server