Project: Raspberry Pi NAS Server

Do you have more than one PC at home? A NAS server is your solution for storing and accessing your files in one place. This article will cover my mini project…

NAS servers can be expensive right? so why overpay? It’s more fun building your own! I decided to do just that, using a Raspberry Pi.

Why Raspberry Pi?

What a good question! When I was planning to build a new NAS, I had two factors that I needed to consider, energy usage and space. My previous NAS Server was built using an old desktop PC which was slowly starting to show it’s age. Not only was it using up a lot of power, but it was also loud and it used up a lot of space. A Raspberry Pi was, therefore, the perfect solution.

The project…

For this project I used:

  • Raspberry Pi 3B+
  • Power Supply
  • Case
  • 16GB Micro SD card
  • Open Media Vault image (Available here)
  • Portable Hard drive

The total price I paid for the above is <strong>£80</strong>, which is a lot cheaper comparing it to off the shelf NAS Servers.

If you are interested in building a server yourself, here are the instructions I used.

Was it worth it?

I have used many NAS Servers in the past and I can definitely confirm that this one is by far the best one for basic file storage. It’s not designed for heavy use but all I wanted it for was to store files so that I can access them on many PCs at once.

Have you ever done a project using a Raspberry Pi? Comment below!