Western Digital makes a 314GB hard drive for the Raspberry Pi

In honor of Pi Day, Western Digital has announced a mechanical drive for Raspberry Pi based on its 500GB Caviar Blue Slim model. This 314GB drive is equipped with a number of Raspberry-Pi-focused features. Western Digital has also worked with BerryBoot to produce a bootloader specifically designed to ease the complications caused by the MicroSD-only boot function of the Pi. 

The Raspberry Pi 3

To work well with the Pi, this drive has been tuned for low-power operation. Even with that design constraint, this drive should still be able to saturate the Pi's USB 2.0 interface. Western Digital doesn't include an imaged MicroSD card with its BerryBoot image, though. Since the Raspberry Pi can only boot from a MicroSD card, including a pre-imaged one would reduce the barrier of entry for Pi enthusiasts who aren't familiar with the Linux disk imaging process. As part of its Pi Day announcement, the Western Digital store is offering a 31.4% discount on the drive's $45.81 suggested price, dropping its final price to $31.42.

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    • Deanjo
    • 4 years ago

    FWIW, Western Digital just pulled off more clever marketing in this one product than AMD has in nearly a decade with their entire product line.

      • shank15217
      • 4 years ago

      You can say that about any accessory manufacturer for any popular brand, jumping on the money train is easy.

    • albundy
    • 4 years ago

    I hope the box aint closed wit gorilla glue! [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQRwFn7WPk8[/url<]

    • Chrispy_
    • 4 years ago

    so, 3.1412 “puns” aside,

    Can you get 500GB out of that drive when the joke wears off or is the 314GB limit absolute?

    I get that it’s a cheap disk and there’s some amusement to be had from its size, but what if you’re using the Pi for more than just Pi-related geekery and actually want more space?

      • adampk17
      • 4 years ago

      That’s kinda where I was going with my comment on this article. 😉

      • bthylafh
      • 4 years ago

      Then you get a standard USB external drive, I’d imagine, or use a fileserver like $DEITY intended.

      • Flatland_Spider
      • 4 years ago

      You get the 1TB kit if you’re not keen on the silliness.
      [url<]http://wdlabs.wd.com/products/wd-pidrive-1tb-kit/[/url<]

    • adampk17
    • 4 years ago

    I wonder if this is a 500 GB drive that they have limited through firmware to 314 GB.

      • Deanjo
      • 4 years ago

      I would probably say it is a 320 Gig platter.

        • adampk17
        • 4 years ago

        Ahh yes, I had forgotten about those 320 GB drives. You’re probably correct.

          • localhostrulez
          • 4 years ago

          Wait… 320GB was my first instinct, but check this out: [url<]http://www.wdc.com/en/company/pressroom/releases/?release=22d07183-95f4-44de-a170-5c79659e9ddb[/url<] [quote<]The WD PiDrive 314GB device is based on Western Digital's proven, high-volume 500GB platform with design changes made specifically for Raspberry Pi. Customizations made to the drive's magnetic recording and electrical system operating set-points align with Raspberry Pi's USB data and power design[/quote<] Still, I can't imagine they spent too much time engineering a niche product like this... did they? Edit: I was going to say that $30 is cheap for 314GB of storage, but apparently 256GB USB 3 flash drives are getting down to $50 now. Wow.

      • Takeshi7
      • 4 years ago

      I would guess it’s a binned 500GB drive.

    • MEATLOAF2
    • 4 years ago

    For some reason I’ve been really hungry today.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 4 years ago

      For pie or meatloaf?

        • MEATLOAF2
        • 4 years ago

        Both.

      • colinstu12
      • 4 years ago

      berries. pies.

        • UnfriendlyFire
        • 4 years ago

        Obligatory: [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAG39jKi0lI[/url<] My Blackberry Is Not Working! - The One Ronnie, Preview - BBC One

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