Useless PC as file server?

So I have the piece of crap PC known as the Archos 9.
Never use it anymore because I got a real laptop.

I just bought a WD My passport 1tb hard drive.

So I want to use it as an external network drive.
I would leave my Archos 9 in a corner somewhere with the HD connected,with file sharing.
It is touchscreen and has only a built in mouse.
No keyboard.

How would I be able to set it up?
It overheat sometimes and lags like hell.
Has no Fan which might make it suitable for being in a dark corner

Any OS's that don't strain the system a lot and are not outdated?
I heard of some other OS's that do this really well,with not much power usage.
Can I remotely add/delete files?

So can someone get me started.
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  1. You would be better off just sharing it from your laptop.
  2. Why is that?

    I assume once everything is set up I can just leave it their and view the files via network connection?
    I don't want to have a USB cable/HD connected to the laptop while I move about the house.
  3. I see two things which would slow you down:
    - "Windows Starter" edition this tablet is shipped with. I am not sure how many clients can be connected to it simultaneously.
    - Wired Ethernet seems to be extra hardware, and if you don't have it, sharing over WiFi can be flaky.

    Unless you're Linux expert, I would not connect Linux on it since it will trash the SSD with default settings. You can check some Linux/BSD based distros (FreeNAS comes into mind) to see how they would work on SSD.
  4. Alabalcho said:
    I see two things which would slow you down:
    - "Windows Starter" edition this tablet is shipped with. I am not sure how many clients can be connected to it simultaneously.
    - Wired Ethernet seems to be extra hardware, and if you don't have it, sharing over WiFi can be flaky.

    Unless you're Linux expert, I would not connect Linux on it since it will trash the SSD with default settings. You can check some Linux/BSD based distros (FreeNAS comes into mind) to see how they would work on SSD.


    I have Windows 7 Pro & 8 pro.
    60gb HDD
    Mine is the 1st version with HDD.
  5. Use the Archos 9 for its original purpose or pass it on to someone who can't afford one. Then, buy a NAS enclosure for your new 1Tb drive and you're nearly there.
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