Big storage on a budget
December 7, 2013 9:38 AM Subscribe
Can I use my old PC as external storage for my Mac? What do I need to do?
posted by popcassady to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been working with a lot of audio and video files recently. Storage-wise, I need to have a rethink as I'm using a bunch of 2.5" USB drives without proper backups.
I'm thinking of purchasing a stack of 2GB drives and sticking them into one of those fancy NAS things but I'll need an interim solution until the necessary funds become available. Is it possible to configure a PC so it behaves like an NAS drive? I have a PC that's become redundant to my needs. It has gigabit Ethernet, two SATA drives and a connection for a couple of IDE drives. Can I configure the SATA drives so one 'mirrors' the other?
How would the performance compare to an external USB drive? (I'd have the two computers connected directly.) The PC currently has Windows 7 installed. Would a Linux installation be any better?