I wanted to update and share my latest creation. I posted a while back about looking at purchasing a NAS found here in my “Original Thought Process”
So I want to thank everyone for your input as I thought I had my mind made up to purchase off the shelf, but I made the plunge to build a DIY home server with a RaspberryPi at its core.
I first built up everything in a shoe box to get Raspian installed and hopefully get a file share configured.
Obviously the NAS couldn’t stay in the shoe box. I had my grandfather’s M1 ammunition can from WWII sitting around gathering dust and thought it would be a neat little tribute to him as this can will literally be storing our family’s memories for the foreseeable future.
Unfortunately I was unable to get Raspian to act as a network share. I was derailed trying to use Netatalk and some other ancient Apple protocols because I wanted to create a “Time Capsule”…meh…I could have turned back and started from scratch. However, I stumbled across Open Media Vault (OMV) and decided to give it a shot. I ended up liking the interface and it was definitely more noob friendly, though I recognized most of the Web GUI steps from my few attempts at the command line.
I then got everything wired up to my Meanwell 5V 5A power supply so I could deal with a single power cord and not a bunch of “phone chargers.”
Lastly, I placed everything into the ammo can, hacked out a few cut outs with a dremel, added a second hdd for backup/snapshots, and velcro’ed a stand alone SSD to be used for quick transfers (check out that USB-C port! *screws pending)
I am pretty satisfied with how everything turned out. It is a bit cobbled together and the write speeds are quite slow @ 6 MB/s (will probably engage the community for some help) But as of right now, I have a simple file share in a cool little package where the whole family can now access and save files at home.