Linux Box as External Hardrive
Hello, I need to be able to store a large amount of files off of my computer and can't really afford an external hardrive at this point in time and don't really trust usb drives anyway. What I would like to do is set up an old computer with a large hardrive, fast ethernet card, and a barebones distro of linux with filesharing enabled (probably microsoft file sharing because it would need to share files with windows xp home and ubuntu both of which can do microsoft file sharing.
I pretty much know what to do hardware-wise but don't know enough about linux to know what distribution would be best and how I could set it to only boot up the neccesary drivers and processes for file sharing so it used the least resources possible.
If anyone has any suggestions or knows of any good howtos it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.