Having a ton of extra hard drives lying around doing nothing seems like a huge waste to me. In my efforts to put some of this storage to good use, I have been toying with the idea of building a NAS using standard hardware and one of the open source NAS packages out there; namely OpenMediaVault. With performance, size, and budget in mind; I am going to guide you on how to build a NAS.
I am going to show you how to get great storage for under 550.00 (drives not included) without sacrificing performance or turning your home into a wind tunnel.
This guide is based on a new parts list. However, you can save yourself a lot of money by recycling some of your older computers or computer components.