I am hoping to set up some media streaming in my house, and I'm thinking about repurposing my G3 tower as a NAS to store all of my music and photos. It will be wired into my home network. I figure that all that I need is a decent size hard disk (the G3 just has a 6 GB drive). Once I get that, I will set up sharing, and I'm all set. G3 will be in the basement, so no noise issues, and I will wipe the hard drive so that it will be dedicated to acting as a NAS.
I will stream content to a TiVo Series 3 in the den using their built in home media capabilities.
Any suggestions for hardware (hard drive)? I am concerned that after long periods of inactivity, many drives will spin down and I will be running down to the basement every time I want to access it.
Also, are there any software add-ons that people know about that can help me optimize performance/more esily manage this machine as a NAS?