Home Media Server

Updated 5 months ago


  • Used a Synology NAS to achieve this at first and stuck with it for a few months
  • Ultimately decided to switch to a Mac mini with attached HDDs so I could interact with macOS instead of Synology's limited operating system


  • M1 Mac mini
  • Terraform 5-bay HDD enclosure
  • Five 8 TB HDDs
    • Two media drives
    • Two backup drives (one per media drive)
    • One drive to store Time Machine backups from other devices
  • Backup drives updated nightly by Carbon Copy Cloner
  • Mac mini + two media drives backed up to Backblaze
  • Plex Media Server consumes content of media drives and makes it available to Plex apps on home devices