Home Media Server Part 1

What is up everyone!

So I finally decided that it’s time to create my own home server. Yes, I have created home servers and servers in general in the past but that was mostly for school and learning purposes. I want to create a server to store all me media on.

How to go about it?

There are a few ways to go about a server. I am not buying a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device or plugging an external drive to my router since I will be using an older MacBook Pro. You can get away with doing either one of those options, preferably using a NAS, but I don’t want to buy extra things when I have everything I need already in my house. Or, you can use software like Ubuntu Server and run that on an old computer as well. I will be using Plex so I don’t have to run any other software.I’m not going to go over the pros and cons of a home server, just that I will be using it to store all my music, movies, and tv shows on. I can add other things to it too but those are the 3 categories I really want to have on my server for right now.

To do this project, I am going to be using Plex. Plex is great because it basically does all the dirty work for you, all you have to do is have Plex server running (this is where a NAS or an old computer comes into play) and tell Plex where all the files are located at. I am using an 8 TB Seagate external drive to store all my data but I will be buying another very soon so I have a back up of all my content. I’ll have the main 8TB drive plugged into my old MacBook Pro and when I get the other one, I’ll have that plugged into my main pc to run backups of the media drive and my computer (is a win-win)!

I will post this process into multiple steps so make sure you come back and check out the other steps and/or check out my other blogs about video games and tech!

Link to the Seagate Hard Drive here. Link to Plex is here.

Let me know in the comments if you have used Plex, have a home server, want videos on the process, etc!

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