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Getting Started

Follow these simple steps to convert your Raspberry PI into a free NAS and Secure Personal Cloud Server.
Store/Backup your files on an attached USB drive in the security of your own home and share with any Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android device on your Home network or over the Internet.
Insert SD Card

Insert the a 8GB or larger SD card into your PC's SD card reader or SD card slot.


If you have used this card before, Windows may show a pop-up window offering to format the card. 

Click 'Cancel'

Raspberry PI NAS - Format SD Card
Format SD Card

If you need to format your SD card, it is strongly recommended that you use SD Card Formatter rather than using Windows to format the SD card. 


The formatting tools provided with operating systems may not see all the partitions on the SD card and it may result in not all the available space being formatted.

The Volume label name does not matter. 

Extract the MyUSBdrive image
to the SD card

After downloading the myUSBdrive image ZIP file "", extract and save the image file to a new or newly formatted 8GB or larger SD card.

Right click and select 'Extract All'

Select the SD card and click "Extract"

Put it Together

Insert the myUSBdrive SD card into your Raspberry PI

Attach a USB hard drive to your Raspberry PI

You don't need to make any changes to the drive 
NTFS, exFAT and Fat32 file formats are supported

One drive is supported

Plug your Raspberry PI to your Router using an Ethernet cable

Turn the Raspberry PI on and wait 10 minutes (dependant upon the speed of your SD Card) for myUSBdrive to install

Test the speed of your SD Card

Alternatively connect the Raspberry PI to a TV/Monitor and wait to see 'mud login:' on the screen

Should you wish to connect MUD via Wi-Fi, you may get reduced performance, however it can be done; 
Instructions can be found in
Fine Tuning.


Open "Explorer" or click on "This PC".

'MUD' (MyUsbDrive) will show up as a network device after a few minutes.

Clicking on the 'USBdrive' folder will give you access to all the files on the USB drive that you plugged in to you Raspberry Pi.


Should 'MUD' not automatically appear see the procedure below:

Lots of clever things can be done with your new NAS see: Silver Lining or Fine Tuning

Browse - MUD

Should 'MUD' (MyUsbDrive) not automatically appear in your "Network" list, enter \\MUD.local in the Explorer search bar.

Click on 'USBdrive' to access the connected Hard Drive.

Lots of clever things can be done with your new NAS see: Silver Lining or Fine Tuning

Browse - Domain Login

When connecting to 'MUD' from a PC or Laptop which is normally connected to a Domain i.e. a Work Laptop.  You may be asked to enter a 'User Name' & 'Password' 

User Name = pi

Password = myUSBdr1ve! (case sensitive)


Tick 'Remember my Credentials' and you will not need to enter the Login credentials next time. 


The default Password can be changed see: Fine Tuning

Raspberry PI NAS - myUSBcloud
Upgrade to myUSBcloud
(Coming Soon)

to be able to access the files on your myUSBdrive at home securely over the Internet via your own private page on this website Upgrade to myUSBcloud

No need to upload files to a Cloud Service provider.

Coming very soon... We'll let you know as soon as this is available.

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