The NAS-ty Raspberry Pi

So I have just moved into a nice new house and it has inspired me to clean up my tech mess.  Currently I have two old PCs which I have stripped down and re-purposed as a torrentbox (including Network Attached Storage (NAS)) and a Media PC.  They look terrible, use up a heap of space and use way too much power.

While moving house I found a couple of Raspberry Pi 2’s I forgot I had bought.  I was going to use them on my electric car project.  As they aren’t needed anymore (thanks to some smart work with a couple of PIC chips) I’m going to use these as a low powered NAS/torrentbox and the other as a Media PC replacement.

To make it easier (mostly for me writing this post) I’ll break up this instructable into four parts:

  1. Building a Raspberry Pi NAS box (this post);
  2. Building a Raspberry Pi torrent box;
  3. Automating your torrent downloads; and
  4. Building a Raspberry Pi Media Centre.

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The NOOBless way to Flash a Pi

I thought it was about time that I move away from my product reviews and DIY instructions and continue my series on the Raspberry Pi. If you haven’t played with a Pi before or are a little bit lost reading through this post then I recommend you read my introductory Raspberry Pi post found here:

This instructable is going to focus specifically on how to install a Pi Operating System (OS) from a disk image rather than using a PI installation manager like NOOBs.   If you want to learn more about NOOBs – I recommend you read the instructables found here:

So, why would you want to install an OS this way instead of the simple way? A lot of  niche OS builds available for the PI (such as OpenELEC (media platform) and RetroPie (game emulator platform)) are not available through installation managers like NOOBs. In this case the easiest way to install the OS is to download the disk image and then flash it onto your SD card. I’m going to walk you through the easiest way to do this using both Windows and OSX (Apple)  I’ll going to assume if you are using a Linux distribution you’re already going to knowhow to do this. Continue reading…