A couple of weeks ago, my Macbook suddenly crashed and I lost some important data in it. At that time, I really wished that I have a NAS or Network Attached Storage, so I can simply backup my data and retrieve it when I need it. Also, I was having an external 1 TB hard-drive. It is a great opportunity to both experiment and make something useful with Raspberry Pi. So, I decided to make a NAS with my Raspberry Pi and Samba server.
Starting with the Basics
Let’s start with the basics. It’s very important that when you logged in to pi user, change the default password first. User passwd command and change the default password.
pi@raspberrypi:/home $ passwd Changing password for pi. Current password: New password: Retype new password: passwd: password updated successfully
Now, let’s update and upgrade everything in the our pi.
pi@raspberrypi:/home $ sudo apt-get update -y && sudo apt-get upgrade -y
This will take some time, don’t worry. When it finishes, reboot the device and reconnect.
pi@raspberrypi:/home $ sudo reboot
Also, let’s get our IP address, we will need this to connect from other devices.
# If you are using Ethernet connection in Raspberry Pi, use eth0 or if you are using Wi-Fi, use wlan0 pi@raspberrypi:/ $ ifconfig eth0 | grep inet inet 192.168.10.100 netmask 255.255.255.0 broadcast 192.168.10.255 # Great, we got our IP address!
Installing the necessary packages
We need to install samba and its utilities and according to your hard-drive, you need to install support packages for it.
pi@raspberrypi:/home $ sudo apt-get install samba samba-common-bin -y # For ExFAT pi@raspberrypi:/home $ sudo apt-get install exfat-utils exfat-fuse -y # For NTFS pi@raspberrypi:/home $ sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g -y
Mounting the hard-drive
In order to use our hard-drive in local file system, we need to mount that drive to a folder. So, let’s create a folder to mount.
pi@raspberrypi:/ $ mkdir nas && sudo chmod 750 nas/ pi@raspberrypi:/ $ ls bin dev home lost+found mnt opt root sbin sys usr boot etc lib media nas proc run srv tmp var
We can see our freshly created “nas” folder, great! Let’s mount the hard-drive to that folder. First let’s find our hard-drive.
pi@raspberrypi:/ $ lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 931.5G 0 disk └─sda1 8:1 0 931.5G 0 part mmcblk0 179:0 0 14.4G 0 disk ├─mmcblk0p1 179:1 0 256M 0 part /boot └─mmcblk0p2 179:2 0 14.2G 0 part / # For me it's located at /dev/sda1. So let's mount it to /nas pi@raspberrypi:/ $ sudo mount /dev/sda1 /nas # Also let's configuring our mounting point as auto-mount. So it'll also work after rebooting as well. pi@raspberrypi:/ $ sudo nano /etc/fstab # Add the line below at the bottom of the file # /dev/sda1 /nas auto defaults, user 0 2
After this step, if you go to /nas folder, you should be able to see the contents of hard-drive.
Configuring Samba Server
We need to configure our samba server in order to access it. So, let’s go the config file and edit the values for our needs.
pi@raspberrypi:/ $ sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf # Then add these values add the end of the file [NAS Server] comment = "NAS" path = /nas read only = no writable = yes browsable = yes create mask = 0750 directory mask = 0750 public = no force user = samba
Great! Now, let’s add a samba user and let’s assign that user to use our samba server from other machines.
pi@raspberrypi:/ $ sudo adduser samba # After creating our user, let's add this user as samba user as well. Remember this password, we need to connect to server afterwards. pi@raspberrypi:/ $ sudo smbpasswd -a samba New SMB password: Retype new SMB password: Added user samba. # Finally, let's restart our services. pi@raspberrypi:/ $ systemctl restart smbd pi@raspberrypi:/ $ systemctl restart nmbd
Connecting the server
Go to “Finder” and press “cmd + K”. Then write “smb://192.168.10.100” and press “Connect”. Then select the “NAS Server” and you should see it on your Finder.
Go to “File Explorer” and write “\\192.168.10.100” at the top bar. You should see the “NAS Server”. Right click and press “Map network drive..” Then, write the username and password of “samba” user and you should be good to go!
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