Has WD finally found a place for the PiDrive?

Not long ago Western Digital announced the PiDrive which was received by the community pretty warmly despite doubts on its real value.

PiDrive

What is the PiDrive? A 314GB disk (do you get the Pi part?) with a customised firmware to allow it to be optimised to run off a Raspberry Pi USB port with no need for an external power supply. Sorry to say that but that’s just about it! At the cost of £27 (The special promo price!) you get a 320GB with, I suspect, some sectors removed to make it Pi enough and that runs off a USB port.

Running external enclosures with 2.5″ drives just off a USB port isn’t necessarily something new and the £39 retail price was never too appealing especially as the drive doesn’t even come with the USB 3.0 cable need. I wasn’t surprised to see that in the end the PiDrive faded away pretty quickly from the news.

In a new move to promote the PiDrive, WDLabs  teamed up with OSMC to create a kit which

“… lets you take your Raspberry Pi and media collection with you on the go”

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The kits comes with:

  • White Colour with OSMC Logo Screen Print
  • 314GB USB Hard Drive
  • Sandisk 8GB Class 10 SD Card
  • 3A Power Supply (Powers Raspberry Pi & HDD) inc. Both EU & UK heads
  • Cables & Mounting Media

It retails for £79.99 as a limited edition run that you can get directly from OSMC or that you could grab from ModMyPi via their e-shop

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Is this how the PiDrive will finally get to be popular? Time will tell but I believe this is at least a step in the right direction as you can now have a product customised with a rather specific purpose in mind and most importantly with all the necessary cabling required to actually use it straight away (no I did not have a USB 3.0 cable at home when I got the drive). The price is still not too inviting and if anything I hope that it will come down instead of up after this limited run.

 

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