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Hey guys! I know it sounds stupid and like "why is this guy trying to make his life difficult? Just use dropbox or something!", but I don't want to have to pay for those cloud storage solutions. I have a desktop PC that used to be a gaming PC. It has no problems staying on for months and months. I moved to console gaming for quite sometime and even gotten myself a Mac, since I don't need Windows for games and I was sick of Windows (don't start a Windows Vs Mac war please).

So, I've got a powerful PC, I hate paying for extra storage on cloud solutions like dropbox, I've got a 3TB hard drive in my PC, how do I turn it into a cloud server? Also, it'll be an added bonus if I can sort of like "mount" the cloud folder onto my Mac, like it's a hard drive or something like that. Is it possible? If so, how do I go about doing it?

Thanks in advanced guys!

asked Aug 19 '12 at 09:12

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Why not use ClearOS and set it up as such for your Lan at home. If iy is still using like windows XP or one of the many other version of windows. Just set the particular folder to share and you should be fine at the home level.

answered Aug 19 '12 at 09:41

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I guess it is, but I could set up a sharing folder if I wanted it at the home level. I'm thinking being able to access the files from anywhere I can get internet. Kinda like drop box and all that but my own you know.

(Aug 19 '12 at 21:08) AlphaMike AlphaMike's gravatar image

Then get Clear OS as the operating system installed on the computer with Apache installed on it. Or if you prefer the windows environment. use IIS that is available under the windows component in the add/remove features in the control panel. And install the application called FTP which will let you upload and download files to the computer itself. And it works with IIS that is there. Which is Internet Information Service. It will install IIS and the ftp application both at the same time in Windows. Which is another options.

The only thing you need to remember is to make sure that the IP Address on the computer is Static on that computer. Since it will not change. And you'll need to go into the router itself to let it know that this computer will accept request for ftp access. Given that you use the IP addres that your cable modem or adsl modem is using. And the given port. Or if you want to make it easier if you go to Dynamic dns here http://dyn.com/. There is a little application where you can give it a name for your ftp service. And it will automatically link it to your internet access at home. You just need to remember the port number to go with the port for the access. It is easier than it is actually said.

(Aug 19 '12 at 21:17) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image

I'll give it a shot and see how it goes. Thanks! Will get back to you.

(Aug 19 '12 at 23:23) AlphaMike AlphaMike's gravatar image

Do you mean like a File Server so you can go to or whatever IP or ASiteYouBought.com or ASiteyougotforfree.tk in your browser and access your files?

answered Aug 19 '12 at 12:09

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Hmm, I guess that works too. Though I'd really like to be able to save my files in there too.

(Aug 19 '12 at 21:13) AlphaMike AlphaMike's gravatar image

What you can do is install the XAMPP Server Software, from http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html and make sure during installation that you check Install Apache, FileZilla, and MySQL as a service.

Then go http://dot.tk/ and register a .TK for free. Hit "URL Forwarding" and forward it to some random website like lockergnome.net for example. After that, go into the domain control panel, hit "Modify" and use a DNS Record. Point an A Record to your IP Address. Find your IP at cmyip.com Under "host" type in yourdomain.tk as the host. Then your IP in the IP spot.

Then in about a half an hour yoursite.tk will work and you can do yoursite.tk/folder/yourfile.ext to download your files and such. You can also make a webpage to organize your files, if you wish.

If you need any help, email me cameron@webname.com

(Aug 20 '12 at 01:50) Cameron Cameron's gravatar image

it can be done people have been doing this for years bif down fall you are still at the mercy of your self technically not cloud storage or cloud desktop , it does qualify as a network ..

if your machine hasa drive crash do you have a back up to regain access to your data ASAP within a few mins or if there is a drive crash do you just lose everything any way ..

the other thing if you are putting this as a server on the internet just how secure is it ??? some of the cloud company's are spending millions to deal with these issues and keep data safe , are you ??? or do others care that your data and info is safer then you do .

answered Aug 19 '12 at 09:55

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edited Aug 19 '12 at 09:57

Yeah well if I can get it to work, it'll only host all my work files and gigantic files. I'm considering of getting an SSD for my MBP and I still am thinking about removing my optical drive, but if I can get this thing up and running, I don't have to remove that optical drive now right? The files I'm going to put in there are just the normal work documents and some other crap. Security doesn't have to be that tight for those. Sensitive info are going to most likely be stored in my computer locally anyways.

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