I built this custom 16TB portable NAS so that I could take my enormous media collection anywhere I go…and it can double function as a portable HTPC if necessary.
First I had to find the optimal case for this purpose. I wanted 4 removable drive bays as primary concern. The CFI A7879 Mini-ITX Home Server/NAS Chassis was perfect.
Next was the hardware to power it, able to saturate gigabit and play media at the same time:
-MSI Socket FM2 Mini ITX Motherboard FM2-A75IA-E53
-AMD A4-5300 APU 3.4Ghz Processor AD5300OKHJBOX
-Kingston Hyper X Blu 8 GB (2x4GB Modules) 1600MHz DDR3
I needed the 4 onboard SATA ports for the storage drives, so I used a PCIE card and small SSD for the OS:
-SATA2 Serial ATA II PCI-Express RAID Controller Card
-Syba mSATA SSD to 2.5-Inch SATA Adapter (SY-ADA40050)
-SuperTalent SG16N65SM mSata Mini PCI-E SSD
Much more versatile than any pre-made NAS 🙂 HDMI and VGA ports, WiFi, BlueTooth, eSata, and USB3.
For storage, there are 4x Seagate Desktop HDD.15 ST4000DM000 4TB drives. The portable NAS has no redundancy.
4 striped 4TB drives are pretty quick!
Ready to fill with content!
I needed a way to safely transport it. This SeaHorse waterproof case was just the ticket
The portable NAS is a 3rd copy of my home NAS, also custom built, which can hold up to 16 drives. There are 24TB worth of 2TB drives installed at the moment, and a few more for the final total of 32TB (16 working, 16 mirror) will be added as needed. Once I can afford to finish buying all the drives, I’ll have 16TB of striped portable storage and 32TB (16TB mirrored) home storage.