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Old 10-05-2011, 01:00 PM
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"The Epias are noted for their low power consumption and ability to be passively cooled; consequently they make great silent PCs. I had used the Epia M10000 for a while in a previous project, but it was now idle and ripe for re-use. I’d been meaning to put together a low-power network file server, and this seemed like a good time to finally make that happen."

We are living in a digital age and with that comes a considerable amount of data.  Pictures, videos, documents, movies and music are all part of the standard clutter we keep.  While we are able to put a lot of this in the cloud, it is not always practical, sensible or cost effective.  The solution, of course is a NAS.  While you could go out and buy one, some money can be saved if you decide on building one yourself.

I personally would shy away from a solution like GeekDad suggests, but only because I like having lots of storage.  I was once a physical object pack rat, and I am now a digital pack rat so I like having multiple versions of files I work on so I can undo everything back to the beginning of time.  The solution presented is limited in terms of storage, but then again, there are 3 TB hard drives out there, which would probably suffice for a lot of people.  And it is a good start.  If it comes to a point where you have over a dozen drives in your NAS though, it might be time for TLC to introduce the digital version of Hoarders.

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