How can I set up a media server using an older computer?

A. In the old days, people often tossed out old PCs when their new ones arrived because PC technology moved along so fast that old PCs were often useless. Today, that's often no longer the case, and you can repurpose any PC that's less than 5 years old as a spare PC for the kids or as a gift to a local school or charity, or you can use it as a dedicated media server to store your audio, movie, and photo files. If you choose to go the media-server route, be sure to purchase a new, high-capacity hard disk first and back up often. Then put the server on your home network, and map drive letters to it from your other PCs. I use a home-media server for this purpose, and it works fine on my wired Ethernet, home phone line, and wireless networks.

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.