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    Hi Guys

    Can anyone suggest a cheap solution for me to setup a file server, live a 1tb 1gb netowrk link external hard drive?
    Basically our server has run out of space and i would like to move some old files onto a external hard drive/file server system but still accessible to members of staff?

    Currently have server 2003 setup so a windows type system would be good.

    My budget is around 300.

    Thanks

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    Will these files be accessed regualrly and by quite a few users simultaneously or is it more for archiving? Reason I ask, if you want to just dump some files on it then any cheap NAS will do the job. this Netgear looks good.

    If you want it to be used quite a bit, then a simple file server out of a basic PC will be better and just throw in a load of Hard Drives and put Simplefiller on it.
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    They will probably be accessed quite regularly and around 50 users. It is basically 2 shared network drives that have been filled up with files and photos over the years but i know people would definately want them at some point.

    Do you reckon a normal XP Pro machine would do the job and share it that way or would you say get a cheap server?

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    Did this with a desktop PC in a server case, with decent specs (Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM). It's got five 500GB hard drives in a RAID5 and a RAID1 array. Performance and uptime are excellent (this is using the 'onboard' RAID too). Hosts shares for all staff and students on Server 2003.

    Edit: this cost around 250 back in 2007.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marvin View Post
    Do you reckon a normal XP Pro machine would do the job and share it that way or would you say get a cheap server?
    XP has got a share limit of 10 clients so you will need to either use a Microsoft Server product of Linux. Educational pricing for server is very good and you might find it easier to do it that way.

    3s-gtechs solution would be perfect for you.

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    Can anyone suggest a built microsoft server ready for me to just hook up to the network and get it going?
    I wouldn't have time setting it up so a setup solution would be ideal.

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    we have a hp dl160 windows storage server - has 2 TB
    Setup and go

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    Where did you get it from? can you send me the spec if you can?

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    there's always freenas FreeNAS [FreeNAS] or unraid Home

    will work on older hardware, i'm currently keeping an eye on openmediavault OpenMediaVault by the makers of freenas

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