Introduction: The MINOX NAS a Bit of DIESELPUNK

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I am travelling a lot and spend a lot of time in hotels.Often for more than a week.

The evenings could be boring so I like to have my movie, music and photo collection with me.

There are lots of WLAN hard disks on the market but I like to build my own stuff.

I am using a Banana Pi because it has a SATA port and a power outlet for the SATA HDD on board.

Material you need:

  • SATA cable for B-Pi
  • 2 TByte SATA HDD
  • 8 GByte SD card
  • Operating system "OpenMediaVault" a special build for the Banana PI
  • 2 plates of plastic or vulcan fibre
  • some distance holders
  • screews, nuts and bolds

Step 1: Building It in Two Layers

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I decided to use a 2TByte HDD formatted with NTFS. So it is able to remove the HDD and connect it via USB to any PC. Than it is very easy to fill the disk with media very fast using an USB 3.0 adapter.

Due to this fact I am using thumb screws to make the removal of the HDD very easy.

The image can be "burned" to the SD card using WIN32DiskImager.

A tutorial how to configure the server can be found here: click

Step 2: The Case

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The mounting inside the case was easy. Just 4 thumb screws.

The server is very silent and due to the GBit LAN very fast. In the hotel room I am connecting the server to UMTS/LTE modem and access it via the WLAN of the modem.

As the case I am using an old case for a MINOX digital camera.

Step 3:


bricabracwizard (author)2015-12-05

Great job! Very simple design. Where did you get your 2TB Sara he'd from? How much? Regards, friend bricabracwizard.

The 2TB HDD is from

The price is around 100.- EUR

Have fun :-)

mrmetallica (author)2015-12-03

you might want to give the hdd a bit more space to breath,its going to get a bit hot .

nice job though

Thank you for the hint,

I will raise it up a bit!

Gelfling6 (author)Horatius.Steam2015-12-05

Honestly, I'd go a little further, adding a small 5V cooling fan.. that drive is going to generate a lot of heat too..

Horatius.Steam (author)Gelfling62015-12-08

I measured the tempurature inside the device.

It´s not more the 25 degrees celsius aftzer 48h operation.

The BanaaPi generates nearly no heat and the hdd is quite cool as well.

On the top of the case there is a really big ventilation hole. I guess this keeps the server cool.

Thank you again,


Junophor (author)2015-12-08

Well done indeed!!!

Take a bow


Aeon Junophor

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2015-12-03

Awesome portable storage device.

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