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For when you'd rather build than buy, this DIY NAS fits in a tiny tin box and keeps your data safe:
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Asus router RT-N66U has two usb ports, either can serve as a NAS connection. The server is built into the router and fairly impressive. You can even connect a printer to the other usb as it has limited print server functionality. All for about $129 plus your usb disk.
Interesting, but I've never really seen the point of buying NAS if you have a "server style" computer, considering that most NAS enclosures are a few hundred bucks. I have a full tower Thermaltake case that has about 6 HDD bays so I could easily fit around 18 TB in it if I wanted to and it would handle all the load that I throw at it because it has a Core i7 960 @ 3.2 GHz with 8 GB of DDR3 1333 MHz and it runs Arch Linux so it's rock solid. I've had an Apache server running off of it, along with SSH/SFTP and it's also my media server for my HTPC so it runs Sick Beard, Couch Potato, Headphones, SABnzbd, XBMC and a MySQL server to sync the XBMC Libraries. My HTPC with an AMD Fusion E-350 with 4 GB of DDR3 and a 60 GB SSD could barely handle the Media Suite (XBMC, Sick Beard and all those), so I don't think NAS would stand up that well to it either.
Step 2... put your junk in that box
Step 3... Have her open the box! 
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