I have a verrrry old PC that I am using as a data server. One of these days, the HDD is going to fail. Probably sooner that later.
I've built a cheap PC base around an Intel E5700, an inexpensive RAID card that supports RAID 1 and SATA 2.0 HDD using two 500GB HDD. This is not a complete solution. Can't convince my significant other that critical files need to be stored on a remote secure server like Carbonite, Mozy, etc. also!
I have a legal copy of Win2000 Pro. That's not a solution. I've downloaded FreeNSA but it seems like overkill to backup files locally. I have a copy of File Server Appliance - Simple Network Attached Storage from http://www.turnkeylinux.org/fileserver
. However, that is a VM and I'm not ready to put important files on my almost running VMWare ESXi. I don't know if I can convert a VM to an installable OS.
I have student copies of:
1. MS Exchange Server2007,
2. Share Point Services 3.0, SP1,
3. Windows Vista Business SP1,
4. Window Server 2008,
that I downloaded when I took a programming course at a local community college a few years back. I don't know if I can legally
use any of these products now? I could purchase Windows Home Server, but that costs $100 and I'm looking for a free
My significant other has O&O Disk Image Software on her PC. That's not a solution.
Once she's completed a paper she wants to move it to a different PC in case her HDD crashes. She wants it as simple as drag and drop or save the file on her local PC and then on another PC within MS Word. It needs to be quick and simple. Honestly, she does not
have time for anything remotely complicated because she is works full time and going to school full time.
What are my other options for a free
Operating Systems (OS) or OSs configured for data storage with synchronization? Are there Linux packages that do this? I can easily install Ubuntu on the box, but accessing Linux from windows is a hassle from what I have seen.