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Choosing an operating system for file backup PC on local server

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November 5, 2013 4:37:04 PM

I'm planning on building a small "data backup" pc, for lack of a better vocabulary word (although I'm sure they exist), and I was wondering what operating system would be ideal for my situation. I'm not planning on doing anything fancy, just a pretty basic automated file backup from one or two other computers on my LAN. This is going to be my first "server" type build, and I'm not really sure what OS I should choose. If anyone has suggestions as to what software I should run on a given operating system for the backups, that would also be greatly appreciated.

From what I understand, Linux is probably the way to go, but I have no experience with it. The other options (as I see them; I'm always open to more suggestions) are Win7, WinXP, and one of the Windows Server OS'es. I have the most experience with XP, but I have a fair bit with Win7. No experience with any of the Windows Server OS'es, although from what I've seen on youtube, they seem to be optimized versions of XP and 7 suited for a server environment.

Thank you in advance for any help that you can give me in this pursuit. The specs for the system I plan on building can be found in this link: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1XZKp

If you believe that there is a better alternative for the money, please feel free to let me know, but I would note that I'd prefer to stick with Intel. It's mostly a personal bias, and my money might be spent better on AMD in certain situations, but damnit, go team Intel. Also note that the SSD is going to be a dedicated boot drive while the two 2tb WD Red drives will be in Raid 1 for data redundancy.

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November 5, 2013 4:42:27 PM

You could try FreeNAS if you want to learn BSD (similar to Linux). Since you are most familiar with Windows, maybe consider Windows Home Server 2011.

http://www.freenas.org/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 5, 2013 4:43:46 PM

If your other computers are running Windows, you may want a windows home server, that comes with a built in feature to back up windows computers on the network.
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