I found a web site, Build a NAS Device With an Old PC and Free Software - www.smallbusinesscomputing.com
that explains how to build your own NAS storage system using the Free BSD NAS. I have followed the procedure as outlined in the link above, created the iso cd using the iso recording utility. Thinks are coming along well up to a point. My old computer has three hard drives a CDROM, no operating system. The above process using the .iso file downloaded should run the system from memory.
My hang up is that I cannot find a way to contact the designer directly they refer to a forum that will answer my questions but no one has responded to my questions. When I start up the old pc it looks like it is going to setup as adverstised, however it gets to a point where the program is expecting a reply from the "server" I am suspecting it is looking for an IP address. I use a 4 port Linksys router that serves three computers and a wireless access point for my laptop.
Does anyone have any experience with this process? I have lots of hard drives containng lots of storage is my reason.