Western Digital creates 314GB hard drive specifically for the Raspberry Pi

Shawn Knight

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WDLabs, a division of Western Digital, has unveiled a new hard drive built specifically for the Raspberry Pi. It's called the PiDrive and predictably, it offers up 314GB of storage.

The PiDrive 314GB is based on the company's high-volume 500GB platform but was designed specifically for the Raspberry Pi. It's a 2.5-inch, 7mm thick drive with native USB 3.0 / 2.0 support. WDLabs said customizations were made to the drive's magnetic recording and electrical operating set-points to reduce the electrical power load of the drive on the Raspberry Pi while still maintaining optimal transfer rates.

WDLabs also offers a PiDrive Kit that comes with a 2.5-inch 1TB hard drive, a 4GB microSD card with SD card adapter, a PiDrive enclosure and the necessary power adapter / cabling. The kit sells for $79.99 which some may feel is a bit too cost prohibitive, at least in the grand scheme of things when you consider a new Raspberry Pi 3 will set you back just $35.

Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton said the PiDrive 314GB gives its community a low-cost, purpose built hard drive solution that helps them develop even more innovative and unique ways to use Raspberry Pi.

The WDLabs PiDrive 314GB hard drive carries a suggested retail price of $45.81 but is being offered with a limited-time discount of 31.4 percent, bringing the final price to $31.42 (yesterday was Pi Day, after all).

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Kibaruk

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I don't find the 1tb option to be prohibitive, specially with all that is bundled. Actually I'm very tempted to get one... must resist shopping spree...
 

infiltrator

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Seems rather dangerous using a mechanical drive on someone that will get jostled around a lot.
Yep, that's exactly what I had in mind. A flash drive or an SSD built specifically for the Raspberry Pi would've made much sense. Plus I hate the idea, of having to move a hard drive, while its spinning.
 

Kibaruk

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Might have, but people are already complaining on this being "too expensive" for the Pi already, for what you are thinking they can get a flash drive or usb drive, no one needs 314gb to program a moving toy car or whatever, it's definitely meant for other applications, that they showcased it with a moving element is something different, or they wouldn't be selling the matching case for something like this :p
 

misor

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I would have loved it more if wd mde a 1tb prepartitioned at 314gb/partition or one drive at 3.14tb capacity.
 
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Kibaruk

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We are heading there, in the meanwhile we do have more to worry about bandwidth than actual space.