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How to build a NAS file server

build a NAS file server

A dedicated file server is very handy. Unfortunately, finished NAS systems still cost a lot of money. However, you can also build your own NAS with the Raspberry Pi. How this works, you will learn in this practical guide for how to build a NAS file server.

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Build a NAS file server with Raspberry Pi

Setting up your own NAS is not difficult and done in a few steps. In this case we show you the steps for a Pi with Raspbian.

  • First run the command “sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade” to update Raspbian.
  • Then run sudo apt-get install samba-samba-common -y, sudo apt-get install apache2 -y, and sudo apt-get install php5 mysql-server -y.
  • You may need to set a strong password for MySQL.
  • Next, use the sudo chown -R pi / var / www / html command to give your Raspberry Pi standard account access to a system folder.
  • Also create a new directory using the sudo mkdir -m 1777 / share command.

Configure Samba correctly

Then you need to configure the service “Samba”. This can be done with the command “sudo leafpad /etc/samba/smb.conf”. Add the following entry at the very end of the file. Do not forget to save the file at the end.
Comment = Pi network drive
Path = / share
Browseable = yes
Writable = Yes
only guest = no
create mask = 0777
directory mask = 0777
Public = yes
Guest ok = yes
Raspberry Pi: Launch NAS
After completing all the steps above, you can start the server.
First set a password for Samba with the command “sudo smbpasswd -a pi”.
Finally, you can start the server with the sudo /etc/init.d/samba restart command.
Now you can access the cloud with a web-enabled device on your network. Under Windows, open the file explorer and click on “Network”.