[rescue] FW: WTT: 1.5G of PC2700 for 1G of PC100

Joshua Boyd jdboyd at jdboyd.net
Mon May 5 12:48:16 CDT 2008

On Mon, May 05, 2008 at 12:41:28PM -0400, William Enestvedt wrote:

>     There's a big ol' tower PC (with WinXP) in my basement I would like
> to throw out -- well, I just want to be rid of the bag power draw,
> really. The slower (c. 800 MHz?) CPU doesn't bug me much, and I don't
> mind the older disks, but having that big beast sucking down power is a
> no-go.

>    I'd like to put a few drives in it and make it a network share for
> the wife's Media PC and my Macs. But I just refuse to leave it running
> all the time.
>    Can I put it in a smaller case? Or run another OS with better power
> management? Or am I really better served tossing it?

I could be mistaken, but it seems to me that new drives might very well
use less power.

I doubt that case size makes any difference.  A new PSU could make a
difference, if you bought a high efficiency model.

Anyway, have you looked at any of the various off the self linux NAS
devices?  There are several fairly affordable models that shouldn't take
much power, and should support GigE nicely.  Presumably some of them
officially support installable software, but most of them are pretty
trivial to get root on to add your own stuff to them.

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