So to preface my question, I have an older PC that I have for all intents and purposes decommissioned for the past year and a half. Slowly fazing out my old system over 6 months till I ended up with an entirely new gaming PC and leaving the older one to sit and collect dust so far. I have over the past year and a half also come into possession of my friend's and family's old laptops because "I'm techy and would probably have a use for them". Now I don't have a whole lot of use for 3 of the laptops so I would at the very least like to recycle the HDD's and install them into my old PC to make a home NAS solution. I already have a WD My Cloud but it is a Gen 1 I picked up on clearance a few years ago, mainly for the 2TB HDD included that in total only cost me $40. I would ultimately like to Install the 3 laptop drives and 2TB WD drive into the old PC and make it the NAS.
Old PC Specs (Please don't judge my build lol I built this at 17 with my own money back in 2011 with a budget of about $500)
WIFI Network Card:
Rosewill RNX-N250PC2 - Wireless N300 Wi-Fi Adapter - IEEE 802.11b/11g/11n, (2T2R), Up to 300 Mbps Data Rates, PCI ...
AZZA Toledo 301 (CSAZ-301) Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT
RAIDMAX Scorpio series RX-535AP-S 535W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Power ...
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb Quad-Core 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 125W HDZ965FBGMBOX Processor
ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD 770 + SB710 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Original OS SSD:
SanDisk ReadyCache SDSSDRC-032G-G26 2.5" 32GB SATA III for Windows 7 and Windows 8 -based PCs
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 DirectX 11 02G-P4-2670-KR 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card The laptop and NAS drives: 1 WD 2TB
1 Toshiba 500GB
1 Toshiba 320GB
1 WD 160GB (I don't NEED this one to be a part of the storage)
So questions time.
1: I assume this is possible but if not let me know now.
2: What Software or OS should I get to run the entire system on?
3: Do I NEED any additional hardware?
4. I have a lot of files stored on the 2TB drive, will I need to move those to another location during the process?
Criteria I would like to be met.
1. Work primarily as a NAS, as long term media storage to be accessed about 4-5 times a week.
2. Run PLEX.
3. Hopefully view all drives as one partition, or at least the 3 smaller drives.
4. I would like it to require as little maintenance as possible.
5. If it won't work better then the current My Cloud I have then I would rather not bother. By work better I mean just in general have more functionality and be very hassle free after setup.
I am an avid watcher of LTT on YouTube and I tried to do a search on the channel for videos that might tackle this exact situation but after a few minutes I decided to give the Forum a shot for the first time. I have an okay amount of PC knowledge but admittedly am lacking in this area. If anyone needs more information to help me out I will do my best to facilitate. I'm not looking for you all to do every bit of work for me but just help me out with putting together a solution that fits my needs based on other's experiences. Hope this post doesn't sound too demanding Thank you in advance for any help.