PiDrive from Western Digital gives Pi 300GB

Western Digital has produced a hard disk for the Raspberry Pi 3, the PiDrive.

The USB-connected 300GB drive is 7mm tall and aligns, says Western Digital, “with Raspberry Pi’s USB data and power design to reduce the electrical power load of the hard drive on Raspberry Pi, while still maintaining sufficient performance to deliver maximum USB data transfer rate.”

Pi314 pidrive WD“Upon system boot-up,” WD says, “the OS can be selected from the BerryBoot menu and launched with a couple of mouse clicks.”

PiDrive is based on WD’s Blue drives but with a USB connection instead of SATA to make it easier to connect to Pi 3. According to WD it gives “sufficient performance to deliver maximum USB data transfer rates.”

PiDrive costs £27.09 ($31.42), with shipping times stated to be two to three weeks.

The company writes:

As a free download on the WDLabs website, a special WDLabs BerryBoot version is available that includes additional Raspberry Pi applications specific for HDD storage usage.

BerryBoot is a simple operating system installer (open-source software) and boot selection screen for ARM devices, like Raspberry Pi, to create a cleaner plug and play experience. It allows you to install multiple applications directly to the drive.

The PiDrive is compatible with:

  • Raspberry Pi Model B+, 2 Model B, 3
  • WD PiDrive Cable
  • WD PiDrive Cable kit
  • WD PiDrive Enclosures

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