RASPBERRY PI and WDLabs have teamed up again for another hard drive for the diminutive maker computer.
WDLabs, an offshoot of Western Digital, announced the drive which adds compatibility for the new Raspberry Pi 3 announced last month.
The new drive offers 314GB and promises low power usage as well as easy integration.
“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,” said Dave Chew, chief engineer at WDLabs.
“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.”
The head of the drive, magnetic recording and electric systems have all been specifically tailored for the Pi to offer maximum efficiency.
The drive comes with a customised version of Berryboot, a free software package designed to help multiple software packages run is included in a refined form designed to make the WD drive work smoothly on the Pi.
This isn't the first time that WDLabs has worked on a device for the Raspberry Pi. Last year the company released a 1TB drive in conjunction with Bit Torrent, designed to assist users who wanted to make their own NAS or backup server using the company's Bit Torrent Sync service.
The WD PiDrive 314GB HDD is compatible with all cables, kits and enclosures from the previous models and costs $45.81 from the WD Store, with a launch discount bringing it down to $31.42 for a limited period. Currently, stock isn't available in the UK but can be ordered direct from the States.
In case you hadn't worked it out, it's 314GB and $31.42 because 3.14 is Pi. Ho and indeed ho. µ
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