These days most modern homes have some form of shared storage. Whether it be a USB drive, a network share from a PC / server or even “the Cloud”, we all seem to share a common need, centralised storage.

In my home we have a server and share our media, family photos and work related stuff. Of course the benefit is more than just sharing but a way to keep data backed-up in the case your computer fails.

Example from the tutorial

Example from the tutorial

Well this project delivers exactly this, a USB hard-drive connected to a home network.

With little more than a Raspberry PI, an SD card and a USB Hard-drive, Jeremy Morgan shares a great tutorial that is easy to follow and reproduce.

Of course this is not so different to sharing a drive on your PC, but since it uses a Raspberry PI it consumes much less energy to a standard computer.

I could do this with any Linux or Windows machine, but the idea of a big loud machine to do the same task is wasteful and more expensive.

If you are planning to build (or already have) a Raspberry PI media centre, it would make an excellent companion. This would enable you to share all your media and files throughout your house for you and your family.

Continue to Jeremy’s blog for the full tutorial -
http://www.jeremymorgan.com/tutorials/raspberry-pi/how-to-raspberry-pi-file-server/