What's a good simple and cheap media or file server setup?
May 29, 2009 8:15 AM Subscribe
Advice for a server newb who needs help getting started with a simple media/backup/torrent server?
posted by wastelands to computers & internet (12 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I've got a 438 GB movie collection an on external 500 GB USB hard drive right now, so I need to upgrade. I was thinking of buying two 1 TB external drives and using rsync for a poor man's RAID 1 setup. But for good drives plus shipping, that's nearly $250, and I thought, why not just setup a real file server? And maybe get a Bit Torrent thingy going too, so I could turn off my main computer at night and keep transfers going? Heck, I'd probably come up with other useful things for the server to do too.
But I don't know where to start. For hardware, looking at, say, a Dell Inspiron 530 ($379), it's too powerful and too expensive for what I'd use it for.
And for the OS... Windows Home Server? Ubuntu? I don't know what'd be easiest.