Building a backup computer

January 16, 2008 at 7:23 pm 1 comment

So I want to build for myself a computer to backup all my data on and just have tons of hard disk space out on it. I am thinking the easiest way to do this is just build a small pc and just put as much hard drive space in it as possible and set it up to share everything from the root down. It would also allow me to share all my files between computers. The question is how cheap can I do this? I just built a computer and have Ubuntu Linux running on it currently. I don’t want anything near as large as what I currently have. I doubt I would even put a hard disk in it but instead boot and install the OS from a thumb drive. The question is how cheaply can I make a microATX computer with several hundred Gigs of disk space? I’m hoping under $200. I am about to go find out, wish me luck.


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I’m the boss… Backup Computer Cont’d

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  • 1. K.Mandla  |  January 19, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    I’ve used leftover laptops for similar purposes. If you only want something that can serve as an intermediary for networked storage, then a little laptop in the closet can do the job just fine.

    You can log into it remotely, power usage is minimal, and you can add more storage very cheaply with something like an external USB drive. Best of all the footprint is small, so you don’t have another tower to stub your toe on at night.

    I used an old Dell 750Mhz CP-series Latitude with a PCMCIA network card. If you can find something of that caliber, I’m sure it will do the trick for you. 🙂


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