WD PiDrive Compute Centre - £85.59 @ Western Digital
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WD PiDrive Compute Centre - £85.59 @ Western Digital

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Found 30th Oct
LOW-COST COMPUTER FOR HOME OR SCHOOL

The WD PiDrive Compute Centre has everything you need to build a Raspberry Pi computer; just add an HDMI monitor, e voila! Great for exploring different Raspberry Pi applications, this complete kit comes with easy to install starter software that will get you up in running in no time. Our software includes options to install various OS’s as well as create multiple spaces to store and manage a variety of projects directly from the included WD PiDrive.

SD card preloaded with starter software
Our microSD™ card comes with a custom version of NOOBS OS installer that enables booting from SD card and launching from the drive. This unique software installs Raspbian PIXEL, Raspbian Lite, and Project Spaces directly onto the USB drive, so that whether you’re a Raspberry Pi beginner or pro, we give you the essentials to dive into your projects right out of the box.

Safely manage many projects from one reliable place
The included Project Spaces software lets you create up to five work spaces to organize, access, and customize unique projects from one Raspberry Pi and WD PiDrive setup. Perfect for someone who likes to experiment with multiple projects or for a classroom environment with multiple users.

Stay organized with the easy-to-assemble enclosure


Using the included enclosure, protect your Raspberry Pi and WD PiDrive while keeping your components in a tidy, attractive unit.


Technical Specs

Capacity:

375GB


Software:

Foundation Edition


Package Includes:

WD PiDrive Foundation Edition 375GB

Raspberry Pi 3

Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

Black Square 6"x6" Enclosure

WD PiDrive Cable

5V 3A power supply and USB cable

microSD card (with preloaded software)


Package Does Not Include:

HDMI monitor

HDMI cable

35 Comments

Bought one recently at this price - steal for what you get. Also can download one of the retro gaming versions if you connect it to internet as part of the initial setup.

Absolute bargain - will def be getting a Bamboo cover when they are back in stock as well.

is this good value?
is this good starter for NAS?

dave11152 m ago

is this good starter for NAS?


Capacity: 375G

no, not really imo
Edited by: "Turret" 3rd Nov

Thanks OP! Bargain for the price, £32 + delivery alone for a Raspberry Pi 3

Original Poster

BeatMaster37 m ago

Thanks OP! Bargain for the price, £32 + delivery alone for a Raspberry Pi 3

you are very welcome.

Original Poster

dave1112 h, 22 m ago

is this good value?is this good starter for NAS?


All depends really what you want to store but if you just talking generally then no.

If you want something cheap then I would suggest a hp microarray, they can fit 4 HDD.
Edited by: "mr.deville" 3rd Nov

Just a bit of info. I have just received my compute centre and the supplied keyboard is a US keyboard, so some of the keys are rearranged and there is no £ symbol.

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Frizzle19 h, 11 m ago

Just a bit of info. I have just received my compute centre and the …Just a bit of info. I have just received my compute centre and the supplied keyboard is a US keyboard, so some of the keys are rearranged and there is no £ symbol.


Thanks for the heads up, have you tried calling them to exchange it for a UK one?

Frizzle3rd Nov

Just a bit of info. I have just received my compute centre and the …Just a bit of info. I have just received my compute centre and the supplied keyboard is a US keyboard, so some of the keys are rearranged and there is no £ symbol.


is the power plug included a UK one or US ?

kowalski2 h, 39 m ago

is the power plug included a UK one or US ?



The power supply comes with a UK plug adaptor that clips on.

mr.deville9 h, 2 m ago

Thanks for the heads up, have you tried calling them to exchange it for a …Thanks for the heads up, have you tried calling them to exchange it for a UK one?



No, I haven't, all the pictures I've found online even on the UK sites have shown a US keyboard, I doubt they have a UK keyboard available.

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mikerr3 h, 17 m ago

Great deal but I think the case looks better in white with bamboo cover Great deal but I think the case looks better in white with bamboo cover https://www.wdc.com/en-gb/products/wdlabs/true-bamboo.html#WDLB030RNN £5.99https://www.wdc.com/en-gb/products/wdlabs/wd-pidrive-enclosure-square.html £5.05


Yeah I think the bamboo looks amazing and really premium looking.

Turns out all the wdlabs stuff is heavily discounted right now. I've been wanting to play with the compute module for a bit so I'm going to try that sata adapter board or maybe the node zero. Decent prices, thanks very much.

Oh but a lot of its out of stock and the shipping is £7! So the free shipping on this deal really does make it the best one by far.
Edited by: "kingosticks" 5th Nov

Frizzle4th Nov

No, I haven't, all the pictures I've found online even on the UK sites …No, I haven't, all the pictures I've found online even on the UK sites have shown a US keyboard, I doubt they have a UK keyboard available.




Don't go by the stock photo. They might not have ran a stock shoot for the UK layout. The product might still exist somewhere
Edited by: "rev6" 9th Nov

Look at the Asus Tinkerboard , 46 quid, but twice the memory and twice the power of pi3

lumsdot1 h, 15 m ago

Look at the Asus Tinkerboard , 46 quid, but twice the memory and twice the …Look at the Asus Tinkerboard , 46 quid, but twice the memory and twice the power of pi3



Does it have the software and community support that the Pi has though?

Daz5551 h, 6 m ago

Does it have the software and community support that the Pi has though?


No, but if you just want to run Linux and use it as a PC Then the tinkerboard is worth a look

Frizzle3rd Nov

Just a bit of info. I have just received my compute centre and the …Just a bit of info. I have just received my compute centre and the supplied keyboard is a US keyboard, so some of the keys are rearranged and there is no £ symbol.


If you set the keyboard to be UK in the OS the £ will be (Shift and 3) also you can get stickers for the keys

mr.deville3rd Nov

All depends really what you want to store but if you just talking …All depends really what you want to store but if you just talking generally then no.If you want something cheap then I would suggest a hp microarray, they can fit 4 HDD.


What's a HP microarray?

dave1113rd Nov

is this good value?is this good starter for NAS?


No point in the keyboard and mouse for that. The desktop performance of the Pi is awful and you don't need to locally access a NAS anyway.

I use a Pi 2 with a USB hard drive running Arch Linux ARM for my NAS

dave1113rd Nov

is this good value?is this good starter for NAS?



Turret3rd Nov

Capacity: 375Gno, not really imo


Capacity aside, Raspberry Pis are not good for NAS drives because they do not have gigabit ethernet ports. You could add a much larger hard drive but there's no getting around the bandwidth bottleneck.

lumsdot10th Nov

Look at the Asus Tinkerboard , 46 quid, but twice the memory and twice the …Look at the Asus Tinkerboard , 46 quid, but twice the memory and twice the power of pi3


Yes the hardware is superior but even the default OS is rather unstable and crashes (read the reviews), and there's very little third party support either software or hardware-wise.

The only forum for it is sponsored by Currys (yikes!).

For the raspberry Pi, there are tens of dedicated magazines, literally thousands of forums and YouTube channels, coding clubs in schools, hundreds if not thousands of third party hardware add-ons etc. etc. Think Volumio, DACs, Retro Pie, Camera boards, slick Arduino integration, the list is endless. There are thousands of people who make their living off the Pi.

Companies like Asus are very good with mass production of hardware and driving down costs of manufacturing, but in this space, an active developer community and third party hardware and software support are everything. Power and memory aren't.


hackaday.com/201…ng/

Daz55510th Nov

Does it have the software and community support that the Pi has though?


The Pi is just a small computer which usually runs Linux, the software available is available on any Linux. Most of what you're describing involves flashing an image onto an SD card and dedicating a whole pi to one task, why?

Why have a distro entirely dedicated to retro gaming when you can install RetroArch on any Linux machine? Why dedicate a pi only to being a NAS just so you can have a nice web interface (which will just get in the way eventually anyway) when you can run NFS or even Samba (if for some reason you want to) on any Linux machine...including the one you're using RetroArch on!

This is the best source for Linux knowledge whatever distro you use:
wiki.archlinux.org

I'd recommend the ARM version on a Pi or any other ARM board that it supports, install it and learn to do things properly. Then when you're ready put Arch on a proper PC and everything is more or less the same.

hcc2727 m ago

Yes the hardware is superior but even the default OS is rather unstable …Yes the hardware is superior but even the default OS is rather unstable and crashes (read the reviews), and there's very little third party support either software or hardware-wise. The only forum for it is sponsored by Currys (yikes!). For the raspberry Pi, there are tens of dedicated magazines, literally thousands of forums and YouTube channels, coding clubs in schools, hundreds if not thousands of third party hardware add-ons etc. etc. Think Volumio, DACs, Retro Pie, Camera boards, slick Arduino integration, the list is endless. There are thousands of people who make their living off the Pi.Companies like Asus are very good with mass production of hardware and driving down costs of manufacturing, but in this space, an active developer community and third party hardware and software support are everything. Power and memory aren't. https://hackaday.com/2017/09/26/return-to-the-asus-tinker-board-have-six-months-changed-anything/


The latest tinker board OS is very stable, i am using it for my pc, writing this comment. The pi3 is a poor spec compared to the tinkerboard. If you just want a linux PC get the tinker board.
Volumio works fine on tinker board.
Plus the tinker board has a proper DAC onboard for the 3.5mm jack .audio. The PI3 has no DAC just a cheap work around to get audio.

Plus the tinkerboard runs android, if you want to have access to thousnads of apps

lumsdot44 m ago

The latest tinker board OS is very stable, i am using it for my pc, …The latest tinker board OS is very stable, i am using it for my pc, writing this comment. The pi3 is a poor spec compared to the tinkerboard. If you just want a linux PC get the tinker board. Volumio works fine on tinker board.Plus the tinker board has a proper DAC onboard for the 3.5mm jack .audio. The PI3 has no DAC just a cheap work around to get audio.


Thanks. I'll definitely look into getting a Tinkerboard if the stability has improved. I have about 7 Pis and Zeros I'm working on, mostly acquired to support my role as one of the unpaid sponsors of a school coding club in North London. The kids usually love variety, but I was a bit hesitant as the online community appeared to be quite poor and the three stars on Amazon with the many negative comparisons with the Pi didn't quite inspire confidence at the time.


Out of interest, do you believe the on-board DAC on the Tinkerboard is as good as one of the top end Pi DACs, like the Allo Kali Piano 2.1? I'm seriously considering upgrading to this from my cheaper HiFiberry DAC as the online reviews compare the sound output favourably to a mid range dedicated 2.1 amplifier. I couldn't find any online reviews for the sound quality of the DAC in the Tinkerboard.

volumio.org/pro…le/

theartofsound.net/for…iew
Edited by: "hcc27" 9th Dec

worth for the money. thanks.

hcc272 h, 35 m ago

Thanks. I'll definitely look into getting a Tinkerboard if the stability …Thanks. I'll definitely look into getting a Tinkerboard if the stability has improved. I have about 7 Pis and Zeros I'm working on, mostly acquired to support my role as one of the unpaid sponsors of a school coding club in North London. The kids usually love variety, but I was a bit hesitant as the online community appeared to be quite poor and the three stars on Amazon with the many negative comparisons with the Pi didn't quite inspire confidence at the time.Out of interest, do you believe the on-board DAC on the Tinkerboard is as good as one of the top end Pi DACs, like the Allo Kali Piano 2.1? I'm seriously considering upgrading to this from my cheaper HiFiberry DAC as the online reviews compare the sound output favourably to a mid range dedicated 2.1 amplifier. I couldn't find any online reviews for the sound quality of the DAC in the Tinkerboard.https://volumio.org/product/allo-kali-piano-2-1-bundle/http://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?46809-The-ALLO-Audio-music-steamer-Pic-heavy-review


The lastest tinker OS released about a month ago is very very solid. And about time, the previous versions had quite a few problems (which is where the negativity re the tinkerboard comes from)

I have a PCM2704 USB DAC on my tinker board and I think is sounds better than the onboard DAC, but they only cost about 4 pounds on ebay, it definitely sounds louder and punchier.
I paid 60 pounds for my tinker board, so 46 is a bargain.
You will need a good high speed sandisk SD card, a fan, and a good power supply 2.3+ amps (i power mine direct to the GPIO power pins for a better connection)

I find using my tinker board as a PC very fast, i.e. youtube, chromium , netflix etc work very fast.
I hardly using my windows 10 pc, since it seem to lag when doing certain things (i guess its busy sending info to microsoft)

dar7219 h, 41 m ago

The Pi is just a small computer which usually runs Linux, the software …The Pi is just a small computer which usually runs Linux, the software available is available on any Linux. Most of what you're describing involves flashing an image onto an SD card and dedicating a whole pi to one task, why?Why have a distro entirely dedicated to retro gaming when you can install RetroArch on any Linux machine? Why dedicate a pi only to being a NAS just so you can have a nice web interface (which will just get in the way eventually anyway) when you can run NFS or even Samba (if for some reason you want to) on any Linux machine...including the one you're using RetroArch on!This is the best source for Linux knowledge whatever distro you use:https://wiki.archlinux.orgI'd recommend the ARM version on a Pi or any other ARM board that it supports, install it and learn to do things properly. Then when you're ready put Arch on a proper PC and everything is more or less the same.



Why run separate machines? Stability. And simplicity.

Last thing you want to do is have a crashing emulator take your NAS offline so everyone else loses their films and TVs because you decided to run an update. Unless you want a divorce or rioting kids that is...

Good find and decent value.

lilbeastie10th Dec

Why run separate machines? Stability. And simplicity.Last thing you want …Why run separate machines? Stability. And simplicity.Last thing you want to do is have a crashing emulator take your NAS offline so everyone else loses their films and TVs because you decided to run an update. Unless you want a divorce or rioting kids that is...


Then buy an actual NAS or something more powerful to run as a server. The only reason I see for running a Pi as a NAS is to save money but if you need one for a NAS, one for emulators, one for pihole, one for your CCTV and so on, you're not really saving money as you can buy much more powerful hardware for the same price as a few Pis. Remember it's not just amount of RAM and CPU cores, x86 performs a lot better than ARM.

I’ve seen this, it’s not badly priced but I wouldn’t say it’s great deal:
Raspberry pi 3 - £31.19
320gb 2.5 hd approx - £25
Plug - £8
Case - £6
Sd card - £6
Total - £76.19

Most people will already have a keyboard and mouse knocking around at home

I've ordered one as a Christmas present. I couldn't beat the bundled price with separates when you start factoring in delivery.
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