Linux Partitions and Mount Points: Preparing a DIY NAS

  • From Category5 Technology TV S13E12
  • December 18, 2019

As we begin preparing to build our own NAS server out of a single board computer and USB 3.1 R2 DAS enclosure, Robbie will take us through some fundamentals to help us understand how mount points work, how to partition and format our drives, and even answer questions about the project.

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USB 3.1 R2 4-Drive SATA Enclosure

Following deliberation between our on-air team, viewers, Patrons, and our Twitter followers, USB 3.1 Rev 2 was the connection we opted for in choosing the enclosure for our homebrew NAS solution. This unit is a DAS (Direct Attached Storage) unit which allows 4 SATA disks to show up on a computer as 4 individual drives. This is not a NAS Unit unless you follow along with our tutorial series which uses an ODROID-XU4 to create a NAS server with this unit as the storage.

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USB-A to USB-C High-Speed Data Cables

Be more future ready, like us! These cables allow you to plug your USB 3.1 R2 (USB-C Connector) DAS enclosure into a USB 3.0 (USB-A Connector) on a ODROID-XU4 (or Raspberry Pi, PINE64 or even laptop). Note: Many similar looking cables are meant exclusively for charging smartphones and will not work correctly for a Homebrew NAS unit. These cables however have been specially selected to ensure they provide high-speed data transfer.

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Robbie Ferguson's personal favorite, the ODROID-XU4 is a powerful little SBC featuring 2 GB RAM and eMMC storage support. Rock solid for server operations, and the perfect hardware platform for any of Robbie's distros (such as NEMS Linux or Nebulinux).

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