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Network: Create Free Data Storage with an Old PC

If youve got an old PC that you dont use any more, then why not give it a new lease of life by using it as extra storage? These days it doesnt take very long for computer hardware (especially PCs) to become outdated, as new software requires more powerful hardware to run on. If youve got a home network, or are thinking about creating one, then using an old PC as a NAS (Network-Attached Storage) device makes perfect sense. If you consider that purchasing new storage can be expensive, then recycling your old PC could potentially save you hundreds of pounds. By reading this article, youll also discover that your DIY NAS device can be an indispensable tool for sharing data between computers without having to rely on external storage such as CDs, DVDs, and USB drives. By following our hands on tutorials, you will also learn how to configure your old PC to act just like a network drive.

Category: Networks
Issue: 2009 Issue 9 December/January
Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7
Article Reference: N3

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