I bought a 4 bay IDE Hard Drive Firewire enclosure a couple of years ago now and it works fine. This is plugged into a firewire card on my PC and it shares a load of media which I can access around the house.
However, this means I have to leave my PC on all the time which obviously costs money in leccy bills and hurts our environment.
What I would like to do is adapt this firewire case or connection into a network server. It has its own power supply which feeds into 4 hard drives over standard molex plugs and also into a small curcuit board which controls the firewire. The hard drives also plug into this curcuit board via standard IDE cables.
This hard drive enclosure would be left on all the time but it would be cheaper than leaving a 500w PC on constantly.
If you go to this website you can view the specs and photo's
So, in summary. I want to adapt this into a network storage enclosure in the simplest and cheapest way possible. Either by swapping the curcuit board with an ethernet one or plugging some sort of firewire to ethernet adapter on it.
I'm offering full points 'cos I think this is difficult. Please bear in mind that there is very little room inside the enclosure for a mini motherboard, it will not fit.