Quick Answer: Can You Use A Raspberry Pi As A NAS Server?

The Raspberry Pi is small, silent, and can connect to your home network.

By using a Linux distro called OpenMediaVault, we can quickly and easily create a Raspberry Pi NAS box.

For the uninitiated, NAS means Network Attached Storage.

How do you make a Raspberry Pi a NAS server?

Just follow these steps:

  • Download OMV for Raspberry Pi onto a PC.
  • Create a bootable USB drive with the ISO image.
  • Connect the external hard drives to the Raspberry Pi.
  • Plug the drive into the Raspberry Pi and switch it on.
  • Select Install from the menu.
  • Carefully follow the install wizard (each step is well explained).

Can you use an external hard drive with a Raspberry Pi 3?

For starters, you need an external storage drive, such as an HDD, SSD or a flash drive. You also need a Raspberry Pi. Models 1 and 2 work just fine for this application but you will get a little better support from the Raspberry Pi 3. With the Pi 3, you’re still limited to USB 2.0 and 100Mbps via Ethernet.

Can you run FreeNAS on Raspberry Pi?

The new recommended boot device size is 8GB. FreeNAS 11 requires 8GB of RAM to run properly. The Raspberry Pi 3 has 1GB of RAM. But not FreeNAS per se: FreeNAS is built on a flavour of BSD, not Linux, and as far as I know, no ports of any *BSD in general, nor FreeNAS in particular, are planned.

Can Raspberry Pi power external HDD?

The Raspberry Pi doesn’t have enough power to run most external hard drives or SSDs, so unless you have a drive with its own power supply, you’ll probably need a powered USB hub.