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Member's rpi based storage #827

goatchurchprime opened this Issue Jun 15, 2018 · 2 comments


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goatchurchprime commented Jun 15, 2018

I was just looking at a new hard drive for backing up all my stupid videos-- and then I wondered if I could put it on a raspberrypi in the network cabinet so I could access it online.

Apparently someone has thought of this before, to the extent that there is already like an open source version of dropbox.

I'd happily order the bits (Rpi, 2Tbyte drive), with a bit of help with the networking stuff if this is technically the best option.

Ideally I'd like to plug and unplug the external drives into one of the many USB ports on the Rpi, and let other people do it with their own backup external drives too. Is there a way to control the power out of the USB connector so we don't leave the disks spinning 24/7 for the months that no one needs them?

If the UI is right, this could be a local member's service, like the postal address thing for a small fee, except you're using your own drive and are responsible for personally coming in and taking it away if you want it back. It would very much be in the spirit of the way we do self-service laser cutting or 3D printing, you can do your own self-service cloud storage.

@skos-ninja skos-ninja changed the title from Member's rpi based cloud storage to Member's rpi based storage Jun 21, 2018


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Sean-anotherone commented Jul 22, 2018

I have an alternative for consideration...
Amongst the "under the bench pile" I have both Thecus and Buffalo 4-bay NAS boxes. Both are dated, but both are working. They will probably only take drives up to about 0.5 or 1Tb in size but I would happily donate one if someone wants to set it up. They have FTP built-in too as a possible alternative to drop-box.

If there is interest I'll bring one in.

They are not the fastest, but four 512Gb disks are probably easier and cheaper to come by than a new 2Tb


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goatchurchprime commented Nov 17, 2018

Looks superceded by #947

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