Turn A Raspberry Pi Into An Alway-On Usenet Downloading Machine

Turn A Raspberry Pi Into An Alway-On Usenet Downloading Machine

One of the nice things about the Raspberry Pi is the that it doesn’t require a lot of power to run. This means you can leave it on all day long without it putting a dent in your electricity bill. To take advantage of that, How-To Geek has a guide for using your Raspberry Pi as an always-on Usenet machine.

The setup hinges on SABnzbd. It includes setting it up to start automatically, UNRAR files as they come in, and sending all the files over to an external hard drive. The nice thing is that you can tap into SABnzbd with a mobile app so that you don’t ever really need to look at your Raspberry Pi.

If you’re a big Usenet user who consumes a lot of power with a desktop PC that’s always on and downloading, this low-powered solution is certainly worth a look. Head over to How-To Geek for the full guide.

How to Turn a Raspberry Pi into an Always-On Usenet Machine [How-To Geek]


  • Most of my external [USB] hard drives get errors if I leave them running. Its like they need more current when they warm up, or something. For me, it’s the sticking point in the whole plan.
    Does anyone else have the same problem, or am I just incredibly unlucky when I buy external drives? Should I be looking for a better power supply?
    What’s a GOOD supply for the Pi, anyway?

    • I’ve had similar issues, and in fact, I think my pi running raspbmc has destroyed my hdd because its powered through my TV and turns on whenever my TV is on.

    • I use an old Apple iphone charger (1A). the Pi model B pulls 700mA, 500mA for the pi and 100mA for each USB. I wouldn’t use anything rated less than 1A, and a dodgy power supply is a known factor for the pi to be flaky. A lot of people us a 2A iPad charger as well.
      I have had this setup on my Pi since October last year, and all goes along without any problems. I use a seagate goFlex ext HDD, with its own power supply. Trying to power a hard drive from the pi alone is asking for disaster, and the pi can never be able to supply enough amps to spin the disks. Maybe try a powered hub if you want to go down this line?

    • mine’s running off of a powered hub so the drive isn’t directly connected. imho connecting stuff directly up to the pi’s usb is sketchy at best.

      • +1
        Don’t even think of running an external drive off the Pi’s USB port. It hasn’t the spare grunt. Use a powered hub. My Pi is running as a (slowish) NAS system with 3 external 2TB drives with no problems.

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