Home made NAS vs prebuilt one

By Jayb118
Jan 13, 2010
  1. Hey guys,

    I was looking at gettng an NAS to attach to my wireless network but heard a lot of stories of people building their own from spare parts saving a lot of money.

    Im looking for a setup that I can use for storing and sharing files, share my printer and maybe a media server to stream music and videos.

    Oh and I need to be able to read and write to it from both PC and Mac.

    So im looking for opinions, build one myself or buy one?

    Many thanks
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,123   +982

    A NAS is storage only, so the print sharing and media server software will not run there -- you can of course place the media files on it too.

    Just format the HD as FAT32. Windows will only format 32gb of fat32 -- perhaps you could use the Mac. If the disk is very large (eg: 1 TB), I would create two partitions.

    IMO, the priority of choices would be
    1. Buy a dedicated product
    2. Use an old system as a file/print server
    3. lastly build your own
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.

Similar Topics

Add your comment to this article

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...