Windows Server 2003 can fulfill these needs but the cost is way too high for a simple home network of two PC's that will be utilizing the storage space so I've done some research into the topic and came upon this site: FreeNAS. It fulfills my requirements for being free and relativly easy to use.
How to install FreeNAS on USB Drive -H2S Media Nov 09, 2018 Repurposing old PC as NAS : freenas - reddit I have an old PC I want to use as a NAS. It is a system I built about 10 years ago for general purpose and light gaming. My wife and I have since transitioned to MacBook Air laptops, so my old PC has been sitting gathering dust, along with a myriad of Hard Drives from various other old machines. Old pc for freenas | iXsystems Community Feb 22, 2020 FreeNAS - Download
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