Over the years, I have accumulated a lot of data.
At first it was basically games I bought(what little I bought). Then it was homework I’ve typed up(I decided early on that it was easier to type up book reports and save that in the computer and floppy disks – also, it was easier to carry a disk or two rather than a binder full of handwritten papers
Over time, additional computers were bought/acquired/donated.
I realized recently that with the addition of my newest laptop, I now have files(vital ones) are spread over 3 computers, a home PC, a workhorse laptop and this new laptop. To make things more complicated, the home PC is running linux, the workhorse is running Windows, and the new laptop is running Mac OS X.
Turning on machines just to access photos/documents stored across these machines is time and power consuming.
It seems like what I need is a fileserver – this would solve two problems;
1) Consolidate all the files onto one server(no more turning on machines to get the HDDs powered up
2) A new tech device(a device meant to stay on and not on demand)
This of course brings up new requirements;
1) low power consumption(this server will always be ON)
2) safe storage – I say “safe storage” because it can mean either of these things to me;
a) some sort of backup/redundancy so I won’t lose data if the HDD goes out
b) protection in the form of encryption?
3) FTP access – all my computers have some form of an FTP client, so this should be the minimum requirement to data.