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December 16, 2011 12:09 PM Subscribe
How to turn my computer into an efficient home server...
posted by smitt to Technology (17 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Like many, I've gone to using a laptop for most of my computing needs. I have a MacBook Pro that I use for just about everything.
Well, everything except multimedia storage, downloading of torrents, and serving of files to my Boxee Box.
Right now, that machine is sitting in my basement. It's running Windows 7 64-bit with two 1TB drives attached.
To connect to it, I need to remote desktop in to it (currently using TeamViewer). I then download torrents within the Remote Desktop window to save to the hard drive.
From there, the files are in shared folders (SMB) which my Boxee scans and indexes for watching.
I'd like to streamline this into a more efficient system. I feel like I've cribbed this together, and while it's a solution that works, it's kind of unwieldy to manage.
What solutions exist to make the ultimate multimedia-file slingin, torrent downloading machine? Those are really my only two needs from the machine at this point.
I'd rather not spend a fortune buying a dedicated NAS box at this time.