Roll Your Own Dropbox Clone With A Raspberry Pi

Dropbox is a great service for keeping all of your files automatically backed up. If you're looking for a more personalised solution, Instructables user hackitbuildit shows us how to turn a Raspberry Pi into a personal cloud service.

Hackitbuildit uses the open source syncing service Owncloud to control the data, and the Raspberry Pi is set up to with an external hard disk and wireless network card. From there, it's all about setting up the server, and then getting Owncloud installed. The end result is your own server and syncing service that you control so you never have to deal with terms of service or outages.

If you don't have a Raspberry Pi, you can still roll your own syncing service on your own web host. Head over to Instructables for the full breakdown of how to make it yourself.

Raspberry Pi Owncloud (dropbox clone) [Instructables]


    "... turn a Raspberry Pi into a personal cloud service."

    I can't be the only one who gets irritated by the constant misuse of the term "cloud". Does this provide on demand self service, broad network access, resource pooling or rapid elasticity? No? Then it's isn't a cloud service.

      Your mistake was assuming LH staff actually know IT.

      I can't be the only one who gets irritated by people who think the term "cloud" has a definition. Is the 'cloud' a proprietry standard, is it a common agreed standard, was there an RFC document to define it's properties? No? Then at best it's a marketing term which can be used however one sees fit.

        To the average joe, "cloud" just means "on the internet" nowadays. As per microsoft's ads "... to the cloud!" So cloud computing means using google docs and checking your hotmail.

          Um I'm pretty sure Google Docs is a cloud service... Specifically SaaS as is hotmail.
          I agree this setup is not a cloud service although ownCloud looks interesting... It would be a slow option though because the NIC on the Raspberry Pi is connected to an onboard USB hub which also provides the USB ports to which the hard drive is connected creating a large bottleneck. Others have seen poor performance when using the Raspberry Pi as a NAS for this reason.

        Most in IT agree on the NIST definition:

    owncloud isn't very stable. I use sparkleshare...similar to dropbox.

    I'm pretty sure clouds are those fluffy things and sometimes dark angry fluffy things in the sky.

    not to be confused with a fluffer..... just saying

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