Welcome to my project build!
I’m newer to the whole working with code and terminal commands, but I’ve made it this far by doing simple research and actually learning from what I do. I’ve been into working on gaming computers for years, so this is a fun new area to me!
Here’s what I’ve got so far:
1- Raspberry Pi 3B+(powered from desktop power supply 5v via factory micro usb power slot)
1- 220W desktop power supply
1- 32Gb SD card for boot and recovery
1- Powered 4-port usb3 hub(powered via power supply 5v) for connecting HDDs
1- 500Gb 2.5” HDD(powered via power supply, connected via sata to usb3) Root FileSystem
1- 4Tb 2.5” HDD(“”””””) for PLEX media server
1- 1Tb 2.5” HDD(“”””””) for local network file storage and exchange
1- 1Tb 2.5” HDD(powered and connected via built in usb3.1) for personal file storage
3- 80mm 12v fans(powered via power supply)
The idea behind this project was to build a simple simple server using my Pi, and not need a separate power supply for every device. Well, I got carried away with what I had laying around, and spent $45 for connectors. Three adapters to convert sata ports on HDDs to usb3, and a powered usb3 hub.
This build is currently two days into full testing, and has held up amazingly! As long as it’s only used for it’s intended purpose, that is. These little things aren’t great for computing power, so I came up with an idea to fix that in the near future. Until then, I usually connect via SSH from a Raspberry Pi ZeroW(which I connect to via VNC from my phone) to manage my whole setup.
I posted here because I know I am going to run into a lot of bumps along the way, and not know where to turn. So, what better place to come and share my journey.
For all those still following along, this project is FAR from over!
As I mentioned above, I still have more plans for this! In the future, I am going to be getting four more 2.5" HDDs(which I already have slots for in my case), another powered 4-port usb3 hub, 1200 Watt power supply to handle all of the 5v load, bigger fans, 7 Raspberry Pi 4s(4Gb variants, if I don't wait for a new version, in which case I will be temporarily installing three more 3B+s), and an actual desktop case to hide everything in eventually.
Yes, I said seven. My plan is to build a super computer/server using Pis. Because, why not? I'm sure you heard years ago about super computers being built from multiple PS3s somehow connected together. I've spent a lot of time here lately discovering just how that all works with these little Pi computers, and I would like to pull it together myself! Why? The possibilities are endless if you have a properly built computer. I learned that from years of gaming on PCs. Building a super computer of my own opens many more doors for programming and learning even more with these small boards we love so much. The main controller would initially be a Raspberry Pi 3B+, which would later be replaced by a 4 or newer model.
I still have an overall dislike for the Raspberry Pi 4B after realizing most of their updates were minimal and so far, not much of an improvement. The only reason the 4B is good at this point, in my opinion, is because it now has a more capable processor, 2 actual usb3 ports, and true Gb ethernet. While that may enough for most of you, software glitches and an extra 0.1 Ghz of processing power and 3Gb more RAM, in my experience, don't make a practical long term investment opportunity. I would rather wait for an updated model featuring an even faster processor, and still have the same 4Gb of RAM as the 4B(or more???).
If you've made it this far, there are a lot of details I did not get into here. Feel free to keep this thread alive if you have any questions! I am learning this all as I go, as far as the coding and programming, but I'm willing to help anyone with what I've done so far!
Last edited by RedPanther
on Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:17 am, edited 3 times in total.