I have two problems that are really networking issue: (1) do I need a server or a NAS, and (2) file management / consolidation
Here's the issue -- I've been such an idiot for a few years, always put together new computers, etc, and new storage solutions, but I've never been good at consolidating anything. This means there are duplicate files of every possible document/photo format everywhere. It's time to be a big boy, simplify my life, and consolidate everything.
So what can I do, that's somewhat automated, to go over the thousands of duplicate files, or at least to pull in certain formats into one central location. And after that, what solution should I use to back everything up (I can't afford to store everything on the cloud). For storing files, I see two possible solutions, either NAS or a file server of some sorts. In the past I've used a windows 2011 home server, but I found that writing and moving files onto this thing was brutally slow, 15mps or less slow. Now it could be the computer I had at the time wasn't all that great, it was an Intel Atom dual core 510, 4gbs RAM. Point is, I gave up on it.
Any thoughts or ideas?