For some time I’ve wanted a NAS, but not just a regular one. I wanted something that I could configure to do exactly what I could with like a normal server, just without the massive power consumption.
Besides the obvious function of a NAS I primarily wanted it to able to use ruTorrent via rTorrent to download torrents. Secondarily I wanted to setup a SQL server to use with XBMC’s media library across my home network.
I looked at the Raspberry Pi, and seen a lot of people use it this way, for some time and was ready to give it a try until I noticed the release of the Beaglebone Black.
The specs for the Beaglebone Black, as I see it anyway, was all superior with the exception of video decoding and media outlets, which is irrelevant for my use. So I went with the BBB.
As far as the storage for the NAS, I used an old external hard drive I had laying around. But the external hard drive’s power supply outputted 12 volts and the BBB only could handle 5 volts input. I examined the power supply of the external hard drive and concluded it could supply more than enough power to the hard drive as well as the BBB, so I bought a step-down converter (£2.90 on eBay), then I wouldn’t have to use two power supply’s.
Since this was a low cost project (still studying) I found an aluminum box in a second hand store and used as a case.
I think it worked out all right, but I’m thinking about making some sort of nice wooden box for it. But we’ll see if that ever happens…