Walk into your local computer store, and you can expect to pay at least a few hundred dollars for a complete NAS device. Why drop a wad of cash when you can easily configure an old PC to do the same job?
Save your data--and your derriere.
It's no secret that every hard drive eventually crashes. So don't let your new PC's dashing good looks and lightning-fast processor fool you into thinking it's immune to catastrophic failure. If you back up important files on a network attached storage device, you'll be prepared when disaster strikes.
Share your multimedia files.
A NAS device makes it easy to share your video, music, and image files with everyone in the household. Any computer on the network can readily be configured for drive-letter access to the repository. Even Grandma will be able to stream Britney Spears's latest single or retrieve the family vacation photos.