I'm kind of playing with the idea of having a server. I just dont know how to go about it. I have my old athlon 64 machine gathering dust, and it needs a few new parts. However i wouldnt mind experimenting with it as a storage/ backup server. Lets say for now this is my goal: 1. run the server "tower" in the corner without any input devices (monitor, keyboard) 2. access it from my core2duo and other athlon xp machine at my desk. (also if it works well, the dell down stairs and my other athlon pc) 3. store whatever i want on it 4. have it back up each machine automatically every night (or week, month, etc) I figure this way is cheaper than buying 4 hard drives for each pc (data stripping/ integrity raid) and personally i think its cooler. As of right now, i have a 200gig WD drive that works when it wants to (in the server ginnea pig). If i can get this setup to work, ill go get a few 500 or 750 gig drives for it. Im looking into linux rather than windows, even though i have no idea how to use it in a "geek" manner. I just avoid Microsoft as much as possible. So far ive downloaded ubuntu server, and last night i downloaded fedorea (red hat i guess?) I want to keep this as free as possible, minus buying new parts. also, im going to link the server and 3 computers in my room together via network cable. for "internet access" i will buy more netgear pci cards... except for the server, i dont think theres a reason for it to connect online. sorry if i rambled a bit, or asked a question thats already been addressed. i did a search and couldnt relate this setup to anything i found. All help is greatly appriciated!