In celebration of Pi Day (March 14), Western Digital unveiled a new 314GB hard drive designed for Raspberry Pi.
Dubbed the WD PiDrive 314GB, this device is based on Western Digital's 500GB platform, with some design changes to adapt the drive 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 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," explained Western Digital. "Platform design flexibility and the manufacturing tuning process enabled WDLabs to create this specialized product for Raspberry Pi efficiently without compromising quality and reliability." In addition to tweaking the drive's design, WDLabs partnered with BerryBoot to create a "special version of BerryBoot for WD PiDrive device customers, which includes software applications featuring the use of mass-storage devices with Raspberry Pi." Users can store operating systems and software applications on the drive and, with BerryBoot, they will be able to select which OS to launch at boot-up.
"With the extended capabilities of Raspberry Pi 3, we can't wait to see what new projects our community comes up with," said Eben Upton, CEO of 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." The WD PiDrive 314GB has an MSRP of $45.81, but is available for a limited time for $31.42 on the WD Store.
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