I was recently at the computer store, and I was asking about setting up a personal server. I hope to eventually use this with an /e/ account, and it would be helpful at the moment to avoid dealing with cloud services that have an extremely limited amount of space before they want to start charging you monthly fees to host your data on their cloud.
From reading online, servers consist of setting up another computer “headless,” and attaching a larger hard drive to it. This machine stays connected online at all times, and is the personal device that houses all of your “cloud” data.
In the computer store yesterday, the salesman was describing a server that involves plugging an external hard drive into a router, via its usb port. While this seems far more simple than setting up a headless computer, I also wonder regarding the limitations of such a situation. Could someone more knowledgeable regarding server storage explain this in more detail? I would, naturally, prefer to be more in control of how I host my data, as opposed to picking a quick and easy setup that doesn’t offer as much autonomy. Thank you!