The Banana Pi is a system-on-a-chip released by Le Maker in late 2014, and is well-suited for building a NASNetwork Attached Storage i.e. a file system that is accessible over a network. (even if for no other reason than the cool name you can give it: BanaNAS )
While the Raspberry Pi is more well-known and slightly cheaper, it has one significant drawback that makes it a poor choice for a file server: it only has 10/100 Mbps ethernet. If you are moving a lot of data around your networkFor example, I backup many hundreds of gigabytes of data every night., gigabit ethernet is a must-have. The bPi also has a SATA port (if you want fast access to an external hard disk), and a dual-core processor (which makes it responsive, even when it's working hard).
The only downside is that it only has 2 USB ports (to the rPi's 4), but with consumer hard drives available in sizes of 8 or even 10 terabytes, this is unlikely to be a problemIf you have multiple hard disks, you can also use a USB hub, or SATA port multiplier..
The requirements for my NAS are:
- Most access will be from Windows, with some access from Linux.
- Most access will be read-only (e.g. playing movies or music), with the occasional write (e.g. when adding new content).
- However, I also need space that everyone can write to (e.g. for moving files between computers).
- It must be usable without internet access (for security).
- I must be able to use the hard disks on another computerIf the bPi dies, I can set up something new and plug the disks in. Copying terabytes of data to rebuild a NAS can take many days!
This series of tutorials will walk through the processing of setting up and configuring Open Media Vault on a Banana Pi:
- Setting up Open Media Vault on a Banana Pi
- Adding a new hard disk to Open Media Vault
- Configuring Open Media Vault
- Managing permissions in Open Media Vault
- Managing a Banana Pi without an internet connection
- Backing up a Banana Pi
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|1.||↵||Network Attached Storage i.e. a file system that is accessible over a network.|
|2.||↵||For example, I backup many hundreds of gigabytes of data every night.|
|3.||↵||If you have multiple hard disks, you can also use a USB hub, or SATA port multiplier.|
|4.||↵||If the bPi dies, I can set up something new and plug the disks in. Copying terabytes of data to rebuild a NAS can take many days!|