Those of us who deal with computers always have an older computer on the side. So instead of having it in your warehouse and eating dust, how about giving it life and turning it into a Network Attached Storage (NAS)?
The logic of the program is to keep shared files or files that we don't need to have with us all the time, our backups, etc. on a computer, so we convert our old computer ensuring a very good network storage solution.
Of course I should note that the computer that will be called to play this role should not be too "ancient" in the sense that it should support the available modern communication standards and have the appropriate hard drive that will can accept the "weight" of the stored files.
So plug in a decent sized USB hard drive and keep all your business updates or personal files there. FreeNAS supports most network access protocols, such as CIFS (Windows File Sharing, formerly SMB), FTP, NFS, TFTP, Rsync, and Unison. It can also be run from a CD, or USB stick or installed on the hard drive. When running from the CD one can save the settings on a USB stick or floppy disk, which makes it even more secure. It has several other useful features, such as support for RAID and encryption, thus giving more security to your data.
On the next tab, select Select 1 and click Install on your computer hard drive.
During the installation you will be asked to enter a code, you can skip this point and enter the code you want when you open the application (you will be asked).
In conclusion, this is a very worthwhile application that will enable you to get a powerful home and not only server for your needs. The implementation is very simple, provided you have some experience in such applications.
OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows
Download the TrueNAS application