If you have a rapidly expanding media collection, you’ll no doubt have experienced the challenge of where and how to store it. This step-by-step guide will help you build and administrate your own NAS Media Server, starting with choosing hardware all the way to applying the finishing touches.

Why build your own NAS Media Server?

Why should you build a network attached storage server instead buying one from a manufacturer? While there are a huge selection of pre-built options are available, a custom NAS server can be much more flexible than a pre-built system with it’s own operating system. If you’re planning on keeping your server around for a long time and you want to scale more than 2-4 drives it will usually be much cheaper.