There are a lot of cloud drive options out there, but most of them are hosted and controlled by companies like Dropbox, Google, Box, Apple, and Amazon. Until now, there hasn’t been an easy way to run your own cloud drive and maintain complete control over your files.
How to create a private cloud drive
The solution is to use Drobo 5N2 and Resilio Sync (a 3rd party DroboApp). The Drobo 5N2 acts as both the cloud drive server and a redundant backup. In fact, you can have multiple hard drives fail and you still won’t lose any data!
Here’s the exact setup I use at my home:
- Drobo 5N2
- 5 Western Digital 3TB NAS Hard Drives
- mSATA SSD (optional for Drobo 5N2, but it makes everything faster!)
Once you have the Drobo 5N2 connected and set up on your network, follow these steps to configure your personal and private cloud drive.
Step 1: Create a shared folder
Open the Drobo Dashboard app, click on your Drobo and then click on Shares option in the side menu. Then click on the Share Settings button.
Click on the Add button and then name the shared folder. You can name the folder whatever you want.
After you create the new Share, click on the Users button and then click on the Add button. Create a new user.
Select the user and then give it Read/Write access to the folder. Doing this does two things. First, it creates the share that will be used by Resilio Sync. Second, it allows you to optionally access the share over your home network when you’re at home. Making changes via the home network share or via Resilio will automatically sync and update everything.
Step 2: Install the Resilio Sync DroboApp
In the Drobo Dashboard app, click on Drobo Apps on the side menu. Then find the Resilio Sync app (formerly BitTorrent Sync) in the Cloud and Remote Access folder. Click on it and then click on the Install option.
Step 3: Configure Resilio Sync
After the application is running, click on the Configure option. A new window will appear with details about the application. Click on the Open link to launch the app in a new browser window.
Click on the Add Folder option and then add the shared folder you created in Step 1. Then keep the window open for use in Step 5.
Step 4: Install the Resilio app on your desktop and mobile devices
The Resilio app is available for macOS, Windows, Linux and FreeBSD. It’s also available for all major mobile devices running iOS, Android and Windows.
Step 5: Add your devices to the DroboApp
After you install the app on your desktop and devices, return to the DroboApp in your browser (from Step 3). Click on the Gear icon and then My Devices.
Click on Link device. A QR code will appear.
Linking your mobile device
From the app on your mobile device, click on the plus sign. You can either scan the QR code to link your device or you can use the manual option and enter the key provided by the DroboApp.
Linking your desktop app
From the desktop app, click on the My Devices icon and then click on the Link Devices option. You will be presented with a QR code that’s similar to the one shown on the DroboApp. Click on the Link a desktop device manually option and then click on the Enter a key… button. Enter the key provided by the manual option in the DroboApp.
Using your private cloud drive
If you’re using the desktop app and one or more mobile devices, you will most likely want to do the one-time upgrade to Resilio Sync Pro. It unlocks a lot of cool options and you only have to pay for it once. You can now add, edit and remove files from your desktop or mobile device from anywhere in the world, and they will be automatically synced and backed up securely on your Drobo at home. Pretty cool!