PiDrive Cable to connect HDD/SSD to RaspberryPi reduced to £5.84 @ WD
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PiDrive Cable to connect HDD/SSD to RaspberryPi reduced to £5.84 @ WD

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Found 28th MarEdited by:"brainsys"
Got a new RaspberryPi 3+ ? Then I bet you have a collection of RPi 1 & 2 in your drawer gathering dust next to the HDDs displaced by new SSDs in your laptop.

You can now put 'em together without a cable spaghetti powered hub. You need just one decent power supply which it splits to both HDD and RPi and this cable connects a USB3 socketed (the one with a V groove) caddy for your old SATA drive.

Magic - it works. And with Berryboot or following this link you can have Raspbian running on a proper disk rather than the SD card.
instructables.com/id/…SB/

Throughput will still be limited bythe RPi USB2 port but for not much more than a fiver you can have a large capacity file server as you really don't need much poke to drive that.

These is reduced from £8.99 because WD Labs is closing down its RPi business - so be quick!

Mine is doing sterling service serving HD videos via a Lighttpd interface both when I'm home and abroad.

You may also want to check out the same product with a 3A power supply for only £8.45 (though the description says 2A) - a mistake I hope.
wdc.com/en-…tml
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that doesn't look like a standard hdd connector - won't that only work with the wd pidrive?
As above it is a standard usb3 socket variant. It's used on many caddies and on my Seagate portable drives. Check Wikipedia for the exact type.
brainsys28 m ago

As above it is a standard usb3 socket variant. It's used on many caddies …As above it is a standard usb3 socket variant. It's used on many caddies and on my Seagate portable drives. Check Wikipedia for the exact type.


Sure but:

gathering dust next to the HDDs displaced by new SSDs in your laptop You can now put 'em together without a cable spaghetti powered hub

Is misleading, no?
Josh.Rogan24 m ago

Sure but: gathering dust next to the HDDs displaced by new SSDs in your …Sure but: gathering dust next to the HDDs displaced by new SSDs in your laptop You can now put 'em together without a cable spaghetti powered hubIs misleading, no?


In what way? I just took two of my old SATA drives and stuck'em in a couple of caddies. Plugged this cable into them and the RPi power supply and the RPI itself et voila!

I use these caddies: amazon.co.uk/Bip…BKU but any modern USB HDD should just fit. Just doublecheck the socket (ie unplug the existing USB cable).
Edited by: "brainsys" 28th Mar
Not bad, I went for the kit that includes the cable, sd card and 375gb hdd delivered for £24.
duncanhill19 h, 46 m ago

Not bad, I went for the kit that includes the cable, sd card and 375gb hdd …Not bad, I went for the kit that includes the cable, sd card and 375gb hdd delivered for £24.


Am thinking of buying this also as the 1tb variant seems to have been out of stock for ages. Is it any good?
I bought the cable with the 3A power kit and also the enclosure (that you can mount the Pi on).
Bad news. WD are now charging p&p. It was free in March.
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