This has been my storage for the past year as I sold my PC for a PS3... (i know i know...)
Im terrified of losing information on the drive (40gb+ of family photos and videos) so a small server with a copy of this content would be a huge relief for me - the wife would kill me if the external drive fails and Ive got no decent backup
I have an old PC that I am using as a home server. It's an AMD core two duo with 4gb of RAM. I have 4HDDs with over 3tb of data. It runs Windows XP and I am hoping to getting something that works better as a Home Server.
Im Running an ollllld PIII with 2gb of ram and a bunch of SCSI disk as a main file server serving 2 laptops, 2 desktops and one media player. it is also running DHCP/DNS and routing all internet traffic via it so i can make sure my isp's usage meter is working right
My home "server" is an approx. 7-year-old HP small form factor PC, running Debian Linux. It was originally a MythTV box, but has been superseded in that role due to the advent of digital TV broadcasts, so it's now pretty much just a repository for photos and videos.
My redundancy "system" consists of periodically copying all the files to other locations.
As unbelievably reliable as my set up has been so far, it would be great to have a proper server with a bit more resilience!
Wow I've been wanting one of these for a while to replace our aging NAS appliance with a dogdy wire in the power supply. One of these with Windows 2011 Essentials would allow us better access to files and the ability to properly and easily back them up.
Same boat as a bunch of others here - using a laptop with external HD mainly to play music directly to amp or stream it with shoutcast to Android over wifi (poor man's version of airport express in every room :D)
A server would probably be turned into an ESXi server or similar to do dev and testing on as well as running a couple of active servers thanks to a static IP address at home...