Over time, we all have to upgrade computer components to meet operating system and application standards. The problem is that we usually purchase higher end components to future proof ourselves. One day, however, we must start again and build a whole new system. What to do with all those amazing, still usable parts from our previous builds? Instead of landfill, why not repurpose into something we could use again?
Storage is one of those things that we can never have enough of but the cost of store bought NAS arrays are quite expensive. Why not repurpose the old obsolete parts to build a NAS on the cheap?
I did exactly that with all the spares and parts that were hanging around gathering dust.
Motherboard, CPU, memory and case: cost $0
Array of 6 hard drives totaling 6TB: cost $0
My time spent building and downloading TrueNAS (open source NAS software) and installing = roughly 2 hours
First time boot and it's pretty fast
Log in and the fun begins!