NAS (with Samba)

NFS, a Linux-only alternative to Samba, has poor authentication options. Its MAC/IP-address whitelisting is susceptible to spoofing, and setting up Kerberos requires quite a lot of effort.

Samba can be used anywhere. I don't think it is particularly secure - it must not be used over the internet. (You could use it with a personal VPN though.)

Warning: Raspberry Pi IO is very slow! Up to and including Model 3B+, the USB and ethernet is capped at 480 Mb/s = 60 MB/s - taking overhead into account (confirm exact), it is more like 45 MB/s. That means 20 MB/s coming from the hard drive, and 20 MB/s going out to the network. The ethernet up to and including Model 3B is capped at 100 Mb/s, so an actual max of 12.5 MB/s can be transferred. That's comparable to a real-world Wi-Fi connection (802.11n/ac). Model 3B+ and 4 are better.

Warning: Raspberry Pi's cannot power hard drives by themselves, so an external powered USB hub, or externally-powered hard drives should be used.

Alternatives: stuff with a web UI.

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