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home server

By cantu.stephen ·
Here is what I want to do: I want to make a server at my house(use my desktop to play this role since there is not going to be a lot of data transfer between server and all of families computers) the purpose of this server is to house 5 1TB HDD so that my family can store and back up thier movies, music, pictures, and what not. Now I have the server built and I want to know if it is possable to to do the following with it before I kick her into action.

1st being if I can set a password for each individual hard drive so that each person can have there own private section so noone else can mess with there stuff(also if it can be done erect a firewall between hdd so if one gets infected it wont spread, but I guess if it wants to its gonna spread since they are hooked up together.).
2nd being if it is possiable to have a 6th harddrive setup so that if lets say later on down the road they make a 2TB hdd and one of my family members wants that hdd all I have to do is back up their current hdd to the 6th hdd and put in the new hdd and run the backup to copy everything to the new hdd.

if some one can point me in the right direction so that I can get started on this that would be greatly appreciated.

I originally thought about building a seperate minitower and using ubuntu but I decided to save money and just upgrade my current desktop and use my current os windows xp profesional

also I am going to be using the desktop as a gaming computer at the same time as a server hopefuly it will work out fine

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Well one question at a time

by OH Smeg In reply to home server

Question 1 1st being if I can set a password for each individual hard drive so that each person can have there own private section so noone else can mess with there stuff(also if it can be done erect a firewall between hdd so if one gets infected it wont spread, but I guess if it wants to its gonna spread since they are hooked up together.).

Well what you can do is to Add a Password to the individual systems Shares so that other members of the family can not access the data on the Individual Shares though of course the person who uses this computer should have complete access to all of the Data and depending on the OS in use probably will.

Question 2 2nd being if it is possiable to have a 6th harddrive setup so that if lets say later on down the road they make a 2TB hdd and one of my family members wants that hdd all I have to do is back up their current hdd to the 6th hdd and put in the new hdd and run the backup to copy everything to the new hdd.

Could be depending on what HDD's types you have installed already. If you have used up all of the SATA Connectors and IDE Sockets you can install a PCI to either IDE or SATA Controller Card to give you more HDD capacity. Of course you need the physical room to fit a HDD.

With XP or for that matter any form of Windows you are unable to prevent Infections Spreading across all the HDD's as the OS doesn't have this ability. But as you will be using this system yourself you'll probably need Windows to play your games though I would personally load some form of Ni and then run Windows Virtually on the unit.

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Don't do it!

by LarryD4 In reply to home server

I tried myself to make my gaming PC the family server and that went out the window real fast.

We had so many issues with either response time for the rest of the family when I was playing a game. Or when my wife was streaming music to her PC from mine while I was playing a game.

Either sell some hardware and build your own network storage device.

Sites like Cyberguys.com are selling network and/or USB drive enclosures for 40 to 100 bucks that can house 4 drives and do RAID.

These devices are configured to stream data to the network and will not cause half the problems you will have if you use your gaming PC.

Their are a wide range of network storage devices and depending on price and need they have full security options as well.

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Windows Home Server

by Jacky Howe In reply to home server

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/windowshomeserver/default.mspx
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I would be looking at something like this if I was setting up a Server environment for home use. You will have greater control over it.
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