Travelling doesn’t mean you have to leave all of your data — or your storage — at home if you know you’ll need it on the go. Lifehacker reader Ben sent in his DIY Raspberry Pi-powered NAS that’s small enough to connect multiple drives and go just about anywhere you’ll need all your files.
We’ve talked about using a Raspberry Pi as a NAS in the past, but the beauty of this method is that it’s small enough to go anywhere, packs 4TB of storage (or, really, 2TB of storage in two redundant drives), and uses a powered USB hub to add ports to the Pi. The whole thing set up to give Ben access to it whether he’s sitting right next to it or away from his base of operations, so to speak, while he’s travelling.
Ben uses his for two different purposes. For one, it’s great if he wants to take a lot of data with him on the go. Second, he also uses it to carry a lot of free space with him for projects or work while he’s travelling, so he doesn’t have to rely on someone else’s connection or storage solution.
Hit the link below for the full walkthrough, including all the code required to set up the Pi to act as a NAS.
Raspberry Pi NAS for Travellers [Benjamin Perove]