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NanoPi Kit Builds a One Bay NAS for $31, Just Add Storage


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NanoPi Kit Builds a One Bay NAS for $31, Just Add Storage

An $8 board, $13 enclosure, and power supply adds up to a $31 investment. The most expensive component is whatever hard drive you opt to use.

There are many options when it comes to choosing a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device, and they all have their pros and cons. A NAS enclosure scales in price based on features and drive bays, and adding storage can easily double the final cost. Single bay, preconfigured units will be cheaper, but are ultimately limited. So why not build your own NAS for $31?

According to Liliputing, that's actually an option now thanks to a new NAS Kit offered for the NanoPi single-board computer. In order for this to work you need four components. The first is a NanoPi NEO, which costs $7.99 with 256MB RAM, or $9.99 with 512MB. It uses an Allwinner H3 Cortex-A7 quad-core processor, includes 100Mbps Ethernet, USB 2.0, and runs a number of flavors of Linux.

NanoPi NEOStation NAS

Add to that the single bay NAS Kit made specifically to work with the NanoPi NEO, which costs a mere $12.99 (it's on offer right now, with the price increasing to $16.99 in the future). The NanoPi board slots into the NAS Kit and runs Debian coupled with Openmediavault. You'll also need a 12V 2A universal power adapter if you don't already have one (add $10).

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Then the final piece of the NAS puzzle is your choice of 2.5-inch SATA hard drive. These range in size and price, but a 1TB drive costs around $55, where as a 2TB drive is $92.

A 1TB NAS for $86, or a 2TB NAS for just $123 is excellent value, especially when you consider how small the NAS ends up being (6-by-3.9-by-1.9 inches). There's also zero fans running. The use of Openmediavault means out the box you get a web-based interface to manage the NAS, file sharing abilities, email notifications, wake on LAN, a range of plugins to expand functionality, and a simple update system.

This setup also has an added benefit other preconfigured NAS products don't. The NanoPi NEO is a computer in its own right, so if you decide in the future not to use this NAS anymore, you can convert it to a PC or some other useful device instead.

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