I need a NAS device for my home network to get these high value files off my laptop (family photos, music, coding projects, etc.). My goal is cheap and reliable.
I have a spare old PC laying around that I plan to install FreeNAS and plug in some SATA drives. It's a Gateway P3-500, 512MB RAM with 2 available internal drive bays
What I need is data redundancy, so I don't lose everything if a single drive fails. I am considering buying a PCI SATA controller and 2 SATA drives, then configure as software RAID 1.
I want to access files using Windows shares, because it's simplest. FreeNAS provides other Unix-y protocols for my Ubuntu desktop, which is a plus.
Should I go with FreeNAS or are there better hardware/software solutions?