I am the technology person at a public school and I have been toying around with the idea of utilizing much of the unused storage space on my individual student lab workstations as a means of extra storage. Most of these hard drives are 250GB with only 50GB used at most. I probably have well over 100 of these machines on my network and was wondering if there was any way to have a small app running behind the scenes that would allow me to allocate a portion of the unused space towards a private cloud storage solution.
My machines are all running Windows 7 Professional and all excpet maybe 5 are on a wired network; nearly all of which never are turned off at night or weekends. I have 1Gb/s to each PC and a 1Gb/s backbone. I don't have any specific use for that amount of storage space, but if I can harness it I'm sure I can find a use for it.
Since this is merely a "pet" project, the cheaper of a solution, the better.