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post #1 of 8
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I have a HTPC with a 1TB HDD. It is starting to get full with HD movies, tv shows music etc, so I really want to take the data drive out and set it up to a local NAS in my home. I do not want to build another box. I also have an external 1TB HDD in an enclosure I can use to be the redundant drive if need be.

I am rather broke right now. I was looking into a pogo plug classic or a raspberry pi set up. I have little experience with Linux but think I could get the gist of setting it up. I am really looking for:

Ease of use
CHEAP footprint
Cloud availability


I have a Dlink DIR-655 router which has a USB port. But I do not think this would be a good way to go. I have never used it either.

Thanks for any help!
post #2 of 8
Why not plug the 1TB external drive into the router and see how well it works? If you're just using it to store your photos / movies, etc it should work just fine. Otherwise either of the listed would be fine, though likely aren't going to work any faster than your external drive directly plugged into a router, you really only get fast speeds when the NAS is connected via Ethernet (and even then wireless devices are only going to read / write to it at ~ 10mb/s )

Of course just my 2 cents smile.gif
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I could do that.

I would like to have something a little bigger though so I can add more storage and preferably hook right to the network. I have no experience with the pogoplug stuff, just read about it. It looks like it may work due to low electric and small as well. I think you can hook up 2 drives on the classic.....if I can find one...
post #4 of 8
I recently bought a Raspberry Pi and attached a 1TB hdd to it using Samba share. It was fairly easy with the guidelines/instructions I found online, but may be a bit scary if you have never worked in the Linux command prompt before.

It works as a great NAS. If you are interested in something like that I am more than happy to give you the link to the setup guide!
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I recently bought a Raspberry Pi and attached a 1TB hdd to it using Samba share. It was fairly easy with the guidelines/instructions I found online, but may be a bit scary if you have never worked in the Linux command prompt before.

It works as a great NAS. If you are interested in something like that I am more than happy to give you the link to the setup guide!

sounds good. what file systems are available to the Pi ? is it an ARM chip or something like
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Off the top of my head I honestly can't remember the file systems it has (I am at work right now coolsmiley02.gif). But later tonight I can post the link to the guide, put up some pictures of what I have done.

The Pi itself was $35, SD card for OS was ~$15, I had a 5V mini usb charger laying around to use for power, and then bought a clear case for like $10, then the external hdd. So OP I am not sure how much you intend to spend, but for anyone else interested in this I can expand on this topic! thumb.gif
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post #7 of 8
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A guide would be nice. I am not sure if I will go that route or not. But having a RaPi around would be neat. Can you do any hosting such as sabnzb and the like? I wouldn't mind having some features to go along with the nas.
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Originally Posted by Razzle Dazzle View Post

Off the top of my head I honestly can't remember the file systems it has (I am at work right now coolsmiley02.gif). But later tonight I can post the link to the guide, put up some pictures of what I have done.

The Pi itself was $35, SD card for OS was ~$15, I had a 5V mini usb charger laying around to use for power, and then bought a clear case for like $10, then the external hdd. So OP I am not sure how much you intend to spend, but for anyone else interested in this I can expand on this topic! thumb.gif

Hmmm, I curious about this as I am about to run out of space on my 3TB & 1TB drives. tongue.gif Just started ripping my movie collection, and still not done with backup on my CD collection.
Be nice to build me up something I can just keep adding bigger HDDs to.
     
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