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I'm building a new house and would like to put a file server in the electricity cabinet. The constraints this puts on the file server are small form factor and being able to work inside a closet.

Any suggestions?

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From the FAQ: "Server Fault is for system administrators and desktop support professionals[..] and is not about[..] running servers at home for personal use" –  Alex Holst Jan 31 '11 at 9:35
    
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What do you want the server to do - this will dictate its CPU, memory and disk requirements which will help assess what will fill the need. –  Linker3000 Jan 31 '11 at 22:01

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Have you looked the Western Digital NAS drives? http://reviews.cnet.com/external-hard-drives/western-digital-mybook-world/4505-3190_7-32401221.html

If that's a bit too simple for what you're looking for there's some minilinux servers the size of a cigarette box to which you can plug a USB drive.

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I think you have two options:

  1. Buy a Home NAS like this, with low consumption.
  2. Use a standard PC (after testing ambient and hardware temperatures)
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