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This was a simple project I made maybe a year ago to be able to have an FTP server running at all times to act as a cloud drive for my friends and I, and to also have my own NAS for cheap. It just sits up in my closet doing its thing 24/7. The first 500 GB HDD has an ~80 GB partition for windows, a ~50 GB partition for my FTP server, and the rest is for media storage. The other 2 500 GB drives are in RAID 1 with my unedited youtube content on them.

In case you couldn't tell it's a Dell Optiplex with extra hard drives! Very exciting I know but I wanted to get this build up on here anyways. Everything was free because I managed to find a bunch of PC stuff being given away together for free on craigslist.

To follow the style of my main gaming PCs which I refer to as "Extrodius Lv._", I have decided to call my server PC line the ExtroServer PCs. I don't know when ExtroServer Lv.2 will come but I was thinking I might get a case that can fit a ton of hard drives, and then connect them all to a Raspberry Pi inside. It would certainly be cooler than a dell optiplex but this thing will do for now.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Lots and lots of potential for upgrade, I like that build!

I see you have room to properly fit 4x 2.5 drives if you get a 5.25 bracket for that. You have room in your expansion slots to plug a hdd controler card.

PSU is on the low side though. I'm suprised because usually these Dell's had plenty of unused power (but sometimes on the wrong voltage for modern usage).

Now because of you I will totally revive a super old and useless project that I put aside for year. Need room in the basement anyways, time to build crap pc's lol

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm happy to inspire lol. It actually never occurred to me that you could fit 4 2.5 drives in a 5.25 slot. That could definitely be a good option. I did originally have some plans for this PC to make it fit way more but I never went through with it because I didn't feel like spending the money. But yeah like you said I just need an expansion card and maybe a different power supply and I could double my hard drives easily

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I love seeing these old Dells getting some use!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

They're super useful! They go for as cheap as $50-$100, and at that price point they even commonly have i5s