I recently got a good deal on some hard disks and wanted to leverage them to create a NAS. I know that there are a lot of chassis' available on the market for something like this, but I was wondering if it is easy to create a home-grown model?
What I mean is, I have a spare PC laying around that isn't really doing anything useful. Can I load some sort of bare-bones O/S like Linux to simply mount the drives on the network? I am going to put a SATA raid card in as well, so maybe I will just spring for a NAS Chassis.
I would like something that can alert me in the event of a RAID array failure.
Suggestions? Best idea gets the points.
Thanks in advance.