Western Digital’s WDLabs has announced a storage device engineered for the Raspberry Pi community with low-power USB operation.
The WD PiDrive 314GB HDD is based on the high-volume Western Digital platform with design changes made specifically for Raspberry Pi.
Customisations made to the drive’s magnetic recording and electrical system operating set-points align 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.
Designed for Raspberry Pi, the WD PiDrive 314GB HDD is compatible with all WD PiDrive cables, cable kits and WD PiDrive enclosures. Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price is $45.81 USD with a limited-time discount of 31.4 percent for a net price of $31.42 USD.
The WD PiDrive 314GB HDD comes with a two-year limited warranty and, along with WD PiDrive accessories, is currently available online at the WD Store.
Says Dave Chew, chief engineer, WDLabs:
“Adoption of Raspberry Pi computing devices is expanding at a faster rate than the PC. However, the millions of Raspberry Pi users are finding limitations from data storage devices (SD card, USB hard drive or cloud storage) originally designed for other applications.”
“The WD PiDrive 314 GB HDD is designed to support Raspberry Pi growth by addressing barriers to hard drive adoption such as affordability, power loading and system set-up. In addition, we’ve maintained the key strengths of hard drive technology, including mass-storage value, high data integrity and reliability.”
“With the extended capabilities of Raspberry Pi 3, we can’t wait to see what new projects our community comes up with,” adds Eben Upton, chief executive officer, Raspberry Pi.
“WD PiDrive 314GB gives our members a low-cost, purpose built hard drive solution that helps them develop even more innovative and unique ways to use Raspberry Pi.”