Addonics' $99 GigaNAS adapter

Turn an old storage kit into NAS gold. Veteran storage accessories producer Addonics has a new, low-cost NAS adapter that can turn that old PC into a capacious file server.

Addonics announced this week their Internal GigaNAS adapter that supports up to 16 drives and turns them into a file server for your home or small business. You can also plug in a USB drive and serve its contents over the network as well.

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The adapter mounts into a standard PCI chassis cutout and, with the help of a SATA port multiplier, can support 16 hard drives. It supports the XFS, EXT3, EXT4, NTFS and FAT32 file systems, as well as SMB and FTP access protocols.

The $99 box is powered off a standard 4 pin connector, offers two SATA ports, one gigabit Ethernet port and a USB 2 port. Add the 5 port Addonics HPM-XU port multiplier for hardware RAID support.

Neat trick: the USB port will serve up the files on the disk without reformatting, meaning you don't have to back up and restore files before attaching it to the GigaNAS adapter.

Priced at $99, the GigaNAS adapter won't break the bank either. The port multiplier is also $99.

The Storage Bits take

Adaptive reuse is the battle cry of historic preservation. Why not reuse those old PC cases and hard drives you've got hanging around?

With rapidly expanding photo and video collections the need for bulk home storage continues to grow. Any hobbyist comfortable with a screwdriver, command lines and drivers should be able to make this work. 

Comments welcome, of course.  What's your favorite way to repurpose old drives?