Description

I decided one day to use some of the random crap that was lying around the house. I decided to make a Raspberry Pi NAS media server. The drive I used was one out of my old laptop, the one in the parts listing is the closest that I could find to the real thing.In the first two photos he drive there is a 256GB LaCi Usb Backup drive. The rest of the photos is with the 750GB drive.

Streaming 1080p video works like a charm if you have enough bandwidth.

Using Blackmagic disk speed test, it scored about 5.5Mb/s upstream and 10Mb/s down.

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Update:

I now have decided to use this for more than a media streaming box. I added back the original 256GB LaCi drive, to be used as a random stuff holder, for things that I don't need on my computer but still may need convenient access.

I chose that case because it was the smallest that they had at Fry's. In order to make room for all the cables, I removed everything from in the case. The fan, the power supply, and the 2.5 in drive bay. I also had to drill a hole in a existing Pi case that I had to make it screw into one of the motherboard standoffs. The kit that came with the case did not work for my needs so I chopped a existing screw in half to mount the Pi.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 8 points

we need this stuff on PCPP

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

this is interesting, it would be awesome to see people use pis more often, especially with old retro games and turning pis into arcade machines with the... thingys, those arcade game chassis at the arcades. You probably know what i mean

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

You mean Arcade cabinets?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah! i couldnt put my tongue on it

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

I haven't really seen much stuff done with pi's before. Nice job.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah not many people use the raspberry pi I can't believe it works….

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

they're really popular with arcade emulators, a lot of people turn them into mini retro consoles, I did that myself.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

This can stream 1080P video? Lets raise some eyebrows here

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

The Pi has an 100Mb/s ethernet port, which is more than enough to stream 1080p video. The problems with that will arise when there is too much load on your home network.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

The problem isnt your home network, the transportation is fine on your network as long as its to a single device from the pi, but if you try to stream about 3+ devices at once you will definately notice a throttle, even then the problem isnt your network; its the raspberry pi's bandwidth - the reason being is the usb ports on the Pi and the ethernet port share the same data header therefore the bandwidth is throttled for each device including the attached storage. another factor people dont know about is that you cant just hookup a external drive and publisize it without the installation of linux packages and lots of configuration on the device. Might i suggest if you plan on streaming media from the pi install the samba services it works great for streaming media.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I am using.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

no one has ever done that in PCPP history!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Lots of people do this. Check out /r/raspberrypi on Reddit. They have some really cool projects.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I know, Pi builds are awesome! But, I've never seen one on this forum. I've seen them elsewhere. I was thinking about making a Bitcoin mining rig with one a while back.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually the subreddit /r/raspberrypi is closed, and the new subreddit is: /r/raspberry_pi

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah. I forgot they switched over.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Pi, I need not see more. +1

Why does PCpartpicker not have the pi as an option yet?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Why that drive when you could get a 7200RPM, 64Mb cache, 1Tb drive for a dollar more? Compatibility with the enclosure?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the Pi?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

The pi is an amazing device, I think I'm about to start doing some heavy DIY with it. Probably going to put a tv tuner on one and use it to watch TV and record it on a RAID setup on a few WD Green

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

You should get that chip an aluminum heatsink! +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

There really isn't any point in putting a heat sink on an RPi, even if it's overclocked.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

it actually damages the cpu on the pi if you do that.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? How?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

the heatsink retains heat more than the cpu itself therefore it keeps the processor heated because it cannot disipate heat.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

That's some handy information to have.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

What about adding a tiny fan? That would try to pull the heat way from the heat sink.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you learn that? did you ...that ... in a kind....ten? Anyway why do you think that heat sinks have all those spikes? So motherboard chipstets shouldn't use heatsinks then? Because that's what you're saying

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

The pi is running at stalk 900 MHz, at about 20% cpu usage. No need for a heat sink.

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Well, I never said "It needs a heatsink" nor "it must have a heatsink" I said should which means an advise. Adding a heatsink will not harm the CPU, as the other user stated but it will affect your overclocking performance if you happen to OC it. Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Why thank you.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty good idea actually.... i would like doing something with a pi, but im just more comfortable with actual old school hardware i have not taken the step yet

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

This build failed super hard. I was barely able to upload my media to it, and whenever I attempted to reboot it would forget the path to the HDDs, and would require full reinstall of raspbian to get it to work again, then the cycle repeats. In order to cool the HDDs I needed to run a 90mm fan from a 9 volt battery because I didn't know how to jumper power supplies, and the pi was unable to supply enough power to get the fan to run at a useable RPM. The problem was that the battery needed to be replaced every few hours.

Also it was barely able to stream HD video.

So, shortly after creating this build I took it apart.

There was probably a better way to have done this...

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting build. I am sorry you took it apart. I use a raspberry pi 2 for home nas too. I use Seagate Desktop 2 Tb hdd, 3.5 inch, with standalone powersuply, OMV (OpenMediaVault) for OS. And for better transfer speed, an ehernet-usb 3 adaptor, wich increases network transfer speed to 17MB/s. Check this Open Media Vault distro, it has special build for pies and is packed with options like plex and stuff.