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View Full Version : How To: Make Your Old Computer Useful Again With FreeNAS

Richard Chao
07-23-2011, 07:05 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://lifehacker.com/5822590/turn-an-old-computer-into-a-networked-backup-streaming-or-torrenting-machine-with-freenas' target='_blank'>http://lifehacker.com/5822590/turn-...ne-with-freenas</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Here, we'll show you how to set up FreeNAS on the computer of your choice, connect it to your other computers as if it were directly attached to them, and show you a few simple examples of how you could use it for backup, iTunes music streaming, or video streaming to a home theater PC."</em></p><p><img height="340" src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com//wpt/auto/1311400558.usr117680.png" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" width="600" /></p><p>If you are someone who likes to keep up to date with the newest and greatest hardware, you most likely have an old computer sitting somewhere gathering dust. &nbsp;It's not old enough to just throw away but not quite new enough to satisfy your computing needs. &nbsp;So, what should you do with the old box? &nbsp;Why not install FreeNAS and turn it into a networked backup, streaming, or torrenting machine? &nbsp;Lifehacker has a great how to documenting the procedures of transforming your old machine into a networked NAS system. &nbsp;Click the read link to get all the details and report back on your experiences. &nbsp;</p>