Tried to make one for myself and it's working perfectly. It's able to stream HD videos without any lag and the status LEDs gives me a quick status of it .

I have added the steps I took to put it together below .Please go through it ,if you are interested to build one .

Give it a try and let me know how it went .

Step 1: Increase Power Out on Usb Port for Hard Drive to Detect

My Pi wasn't detecting the hard drive, it wasn't spinning up so ..

sudo nano /boot/config.txt

insert below line at bottom of file


found this here and it worked .

Step 2: Auto Mount Hard Drive on Boot

  1. First create a mount point
    • sudo mkdir /mnt/disk1

  2. My drive was ntfs so
    • sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g -y

  3. Now connect the device and see if new device is shown under /dev look for something like sda1 (this can vary)
  4. Now Mount the device
    • sudo mount -o uid=pi,gid=pi /dev/sda1 /mnt/disk1

  5. And check you can read an write to drive by going into /mount/disk1
  6. Now we need to mount this drive every time Pi boots up
    1. Get the UUID of drive by
      • sudo ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid/ | grep sda1 | awk '{print $9}' (change sda1 one to your device name under /dev)

      • Now modify fstab and add below line to
        • sudo nano /etc/fstab

        • UUID="X" /mnt/usbstorage ntfs nofail,uid=pi,gid=pi 0 0 (replace "X" with UUID)

      • Unfortunately this didn't do the trick due to some factors so I googled and found this , which did the trick
        1. So edited /boot/cmdline.txt and added rootdelay=5 to bottom of file .

Step 3: Config Static IP (optional)

I will be accessing Pi remotely so fixing IP is useful for me

  • sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces

and modified eth0 to

iface eth0 inet static






This might be different for you , so please update accordingly . Please refer to this page for more details .

Step 4: Install Transmission Torrent Client

  1. install client
    • sudo apt-get install transmission-daemon
  2. Create the folders for download files
    • mkdir -p /mnt/disk1/Torrent_inprogress

    • mkdir -p /mnt/disk1/Torrent_complete

  3. To configure Transmission I used this page, they have a sample config file to start with for more configuration refer this page .
  4. Now configure Transmission to start with Pi
    • sudo update-rc.d transmission-daemon defaults

Step 5: Install and Config DLNA Server

  1. Install minidlna
    • sudo apt-get install minidlna

  2. Config minidlna
    1. I used this instructables to configure minidlna
  3. Config minidlna to start with Pi
    • sudo update-rc.d minidlna defaults

Step 6: Connect the Status LEDs

1. Connecting LED is straight forward , don't forget the current limiting resistor . Please see the circuit diagram. Connect it to gpio pin in Pi instead of 5v and I am using a 220ohm resistor .

2. I use three of these for status , one for checking internet connection , two for torrent upload and download status .

3. I am using WiringPi to controll led from shell script and I have attached the script here also .

4. Copy the script to Pi, make it executable (chmod 755 check_status.sh)

5. Schedule it to run every minute on Cron.

  • edit crontab (crontab -e)
  • add this line to end (* * * * * /home/pi/check_status.sh>>/dev/null 2>&1)
  • save and exit

<p>Nice tutorial :) </p>
<p>thank you</p>
<p>Nice. Using a Raspberry Pi for this would be way cheaper than buying something off the shelf.</p>
<p>True, and we can get it to work the way we want . </p>

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