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I want to setup a RAID NAS but I don't want to buy another computer or lose the game library of my Windows i7 system.

Therefore, I'm wondering if you could just use an emulator to run a NAS OS in the background using a separate LAN card (or two) to go to the router.

Is this possible?

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To answer your question directly: Yes, you can emulate a NAS OS in Windows 7.

  1. Download and install VirtualBox
  2. Download the FreeNAS ISO
  3. Create a new Linux virtual machine in VirtualBox
  4. Mount the ISO in VirtualBox as a CD-ROM and start the VM

You can connect with a host-only virtual ethernet adapter so you don't need another networking card. As far as getting it configured or having it read from a hard-drive, I will leave you to figure it out.

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thanks for the help may have bought vmware although would be nice to have a more passive option then a virtual box – Richard Sep 12 '13 at 8:34
There are tricks to run virtual box totally in the background. – DanFromGermany Sep 12 '13 at 9:12

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