As to the PC with hard disks many don't count on the impact to the electric bill for 24x7 operation. Your average PC is about 200 Watts when running so how much is that in a year? Here it's .14 per KWH so 8,760 hours of ontime costs 245 or about 20+ a month. There may be other costs such as air conditioning.
This is why a NAS (see google) can be enticing.
Currently I'm looking for real generic advice, so as yet I don't have many specifics about the set up.
I have a PC upstairs that is running Windows XP which I have networked to all my other computers (mac and other PC based laptop) and get them all to see each other fine.
The thing is in about 8months to a yearish I'll be losing my "Lads room" where I get to hang out, as we have a new baby on the way. Now I have been looking at a hp pavilion 2000 series (I haven't got the specs in front of me yet, but that's not needed.
I have bought extra hard drives for my PC upstairs and also have an external of 250gb. What would you recommend as the easiest way of putting my PC together upstairs with the hard drives so I can create a space in the loft for my PC set up (no monitor or keyboard) that I can switch on and use with the new PC when I get it.
What I'm thinking of **** is relying on the laptops everything I really need and having the PC and attached HD's for storage.
I'm sure there may be a name for this sort of set up and I even suspect that there may be units for buying and attaching hard rives to for the PC unit up stairs. I was hoping someone would be able to give me pointers on where to set the ball rolling. Is there a specific unit doc thing that I can add more hardrives too, is it easy to set up that maybe my laptop can access the unit upstairs should I need to run anything How would I or should I strip back the PC software upstairs so it's only got the basics on such as the antivirus stuff, firewall and programmes like that.
I hope that isn't too vague, though I suspect it might be, any help would be appreciated.