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.

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