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Do I need a NAS drive for DLNA streaming my music library or is an external SSD fine?

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Do I need a NAS drive for DLNA streaming my music library or is an external SSD fine?

I want to connect it to a RPi or directly to the router and stream music to my phone within the house using DLNA. I only need around 150 GB of storage max and already have a 240 GB Sandisk Plus SSD lying around. People say you should use a NAS like WD Red which is generally $100+. Since I'm basically always reading from the drive and rarely writing, and since I don't need any RAID sort of setup since one drive is enough, would it be okay to use one of my external SSD drives? Or will the SSD drive have a shorter life and crap out if it's left always-on connected to a RPi?

I should clarify that I use a microSD for storing the actual OS on the RPi so the SSD is only for the external storage.
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yup you'll be fine.
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PHuth2 wrote: I want to connect it to a RPi or directly to the router and stream music to my phone within the house using DLNA. I only need around 150 GB of storage max and already have a 240 GB Sandisk Plus SSD lying around. People say you should use a NAS like WD Red which is generally $100+. Since I'm basically always reading from the drive and rarely writing, and since I don't need any RAID sort of setup since one drive is enough, would it be okay to use one of my external SSD drives? Or will the SSD drive have a shorter life and crap out if it's left always-on connected to a RPi?

I should clarify that I use a microSD for storing the actual OS on the RPi so the SSD is only for the external storage.
ssd is overkill for your usage. Still backup somehow as no matter what if it matters to you any drive has a chance of failure.
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Many routers these days have USB ports to support external drives, and have both Samba network drive support and DLNA server support built in. In that case you don't need a NAS, just plug in your external drive. What the router doesn't have is a lot of USB power supply, so for anything more than a thumb drive you will probably want a drive with its own power supply. Also the router USB port probably isn't very fast (even the USB 3 ports may be USB 2 speed), but for streaming music it's fine. A separate NAS is probably unnecessary for this purpose if your router is adequate.

A WD Red drive is a drive intended for use in a NAS, not a NAS itself. Traditionally WD Red hard drives are marketed as being specially designed for use as NAS drives, but in reality they are standard WD consumer drives with firmware slightly tweaked for NAS use. For example they have a longer head settling time after changing tracks because there may be vibration from other drives operating in the same NAS.
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Use what you have. If you already have a Raspberry Pi, go for it. I wouldn’t be concerned about a 240 Gig SSD. It only costs 40$ to replace it.

Just make sure you have a backup of your music in case everything goes south with your setup

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