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Build your own NAS drive with Raspberry Pi

There you have it: your own little data storage system.
There you have it: your own little data storage system. (Jeremy S. Cook/)

In our modern connected age, where pretty much everyone carries an excellent camera in their pocket wherever they go, people tend to collect a massive amount of data. A lot of that information ends up back on the web, but when you share images and video on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like, you depend on the nebulous “cloud” to keep your data safe and accessible. You could also store data on a local hard drive, but it’s pretty hard to access one of those remotely, or from other devices.

Another solution is a network attached storage (NAS) device, which stores data locally, like a hard drive, but acts as a server that anyone on your network, or even over the internet, can access.

Professional solutions for such devices can be pricey, but you can, in fact, make your own NAS setup with a Raspberry Pi computer and the external drive,

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