Crafting a Stylish and Secure NAS: Prioritising Redundancy and Backups

In the realm of tech enthusiasts, there’s immense satisfaction in building personalized solutions that cater to specific needs. For me, this journey involved creating a NAS system inspired by the sleek design of the Apple Trashcan PC and crafted from PETG for durability. This NAS not only stores essential data but also runs Nextcloud for collaborative work and employs ZeroTier VPN for secure remote access, all while emphasizing the importance of redundancy and backups.

PETG and Apple Trashcan Aesthetic: Form Meets Function

Choosing PETG for the NAS enclosure was a practical decision due to its durability and transparency, which allowed me to create a visually appealing design reminiscent of the Apple Trashcan PC. The 3D printing process ensured that every aspect of the enclosure was carefully considered to blend style with functionality.

Nextcloud Setup: Facilitating Collaboration

Setting up Nextcloud on the Raspberry Pi was straightforward. Leveraging DietPi’s lightweight and efficient platform made the process even smoother. After installing Nextcloud via DietPi’s intuitive interface, I configured it using simple commands and accessed it through a web browser. With Nextcloud, users can create individual accounts, share files, and collaborate seamlessly, enhancing productivity without compromising on data security.

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ZeroTier VPN Integration: Secure Remote Access Simplified

To enable secure remote access, I integrated ZeroTier VPN with my NAS. Installing ZeroTier via DietPi’s software management system was a breeze, and joining the network was equally straightforward. With a few simple commands, I authorized the device through the ZeroTier web interface, ensuring hassle-free connectivity from anywhere in the world.

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sudo zerotier-cli join <network-id>

Redundancy and Backups: Lessons Learned

A recent SSD failure reinforced the importance of data redundancy and backups. By building my own NAS with redundant storage and implementing regular backup routines, I minimize the risk of data loss and ensure continuity in my workflows. Automated backup solutions, such as Nextcloud’s versioning feature and external backup drives, further strengthen my data protection strategy.

In conclusion, my journey in creating a personalized NAS underscores the value of simplicity, functionality, and security. By combining stylish design elements with efficient components and robust software integration, I’ve crafted a NAS solution that meets my storage needs while promoting collaboration and safeguarding my data. As I admire the transparent PETG enclosure housing my NAS, I’m reminded of the practicality and ingenuity that define the DIY ethos in the tech community.