So, recently I started putting together a home music server. I got all the basics up without too much hassle, but didn’t get around actually installing music collection.
After getting back to it, I quickly figured out that the raspberry pi doesn’t put out enough current on its USB ports to drive a 2.5″ spinning drive (as manifested by the drive not spinning up and just making a weak clicking noise.) I started looking around for a powered USB hub, but couldn’t find anything cheap enough in town.
With a little googling, I found that it doesn’t put out enough current by default, but you can change its configuration to let it put out enough juice. So, I gave that a shot today. Turns out the hardest part is figuring out the password to log in. Even that only took about 1 more minute of googling. So, log in, update firmware, reboot, log in, edit a config file, reboot. Even my feeble brain can handle that.
On final reboot, it immediately found the drive and mounted it. So, I went to the gui config for the Logitech Media Server and told it what to index.
And there we go. Thought it was gonna take forever, but its moving at a pretty good clip now and should only take an hour or two. Nice! Let the jams begin.