Network storage is really useful. From backups to sharing data, a NAS is an easy way to make storage accessible to everyone on your network. Over on Circuit Breaker, there are instructions on how to make a one-bay NAS from a NanoPi NEO - a version of the Raspberry Pi Zero.
As well as the NanoPi NEO, you’ll need an add-on kit and a 2.5-inch hard drive. Total cost should be somewhere in the region of $100. (Much less if you already have a HDD lying around.)
I like the idea of building a few of these - one for media, another for backups, maybe another for random file sharing on the network.
While I’d still prefer a multi-bay NAS, smaller storage devices on the network does have some appeal for niche purposes. You can check out step-by-step instructions at the link below.
[Via The Verge]