This may be a naive question, I've never tried this before.

I work in a lab where there are 20+ PCR machines each connected to a local, off-network PC hard drive & monitor which run software for the machine, and to collect & analyze data etc.

The problem is these computers/the software has totally locked out all internet functionality. Users are going up and down stairs through multiple airlocks repetitively all day to save the .txt data files onto a flash drive, carrying it upstairs to networked computers and moving them to a shared server. We frequently have failures of communication leading to different people collecting the same data multiple times and we generate hundreds of files a day. It is becoming ridiculous.

What I am hoping to achieve is to have a raspberry pi work virtually exactly like a flash drive does; plug 1 end of a USB cable into the device and the other into the computers usb port, have the software offer it as a location to save on like normal etc.

Then I want the raspberry pi to automatically upload any new data to a shared folder on the server over wifi and delete files from itself once they're on the network.

Is this a thing that could work as described? If so I would love some advice on what hardware to go for and/or any resources that might help. I've found a lot already but none of it describes exactly the thing I'm hoping to make. Thank you!

  • You could probably power the Pi but you would need code running on the PCR machines to give you access to the network. Just try it and see. I am assuming nothing will be damaged if a machine shuts down.
    – Gil
    Aug 17, 2022 at 19:51
  • 20+ PCR machines each connected to a local, off-network PC hard drive & monitor ... are you saying that there are 20+ PCs?
    – jsotola
    Aug 18, 2022 at 1:28
  • it would make more sense to add a workstation into the same room as the PCR machines ... that would eliminate the trips through the airlocks
    – jsotola
    Aug 18, 2022 at 1:30


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