I set my old Emachines 433i up to be a networked storage base.
After blowing big bucks on a lappy, buying stuff on Ebay to spruce up my desktop seemed like spending nickles & dimes!
I bought some old (but newer than what I had!
) PCIs and two 40 gig HDDs for her. Now she runs 80GB storage and soon to come a 4 port USB 2.0 PCI.
Got some old imaging software and copied my lappy HDD to the desktop as a backup. All the home & business tax crap for the past 7 years, family photos and videos, music to be burned, etc.
Practically all of the space is used up already! -Eh, but it leaves my lappy HDD nice n' clean.
-And the printer/scanner/fax thingy is hooked to her. I still have to figure how to operate it so I can run off a print while I'm downstairs with the lappy.