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PiDrive 314Gb USB HDD for Raspberry Pi 3 from Western Digital’s WDLabs

#PiDrive 314Gb USB #HDD for #RaspberryPi 3 from #WesternDigitals WDLabs

The PiDrive has a capacity of 314Gb is just 7mm tall and looks, per the picture above (here for readers on our mobile site) to boast just a single platter. It’s a USB affair, connectivity-wise, but WD says it has tweaked the device so … 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.

The intresting this is BerryBoot, a bootloader for the Pi. Upon system boot-up, WD says, the OS can be selected from the BerryBoot menu and launched with a couple of mouse clicks.

Pidrive is priced at just US$31.42 in the WD store. Checkout pi drive on WD Store


#USB 3.1 #TypeC Connectors Explained

Vesa #USB 3.1 #Type-C Connectors Explained

USB 3.1 Type-C the one connector that will rule them all. It may very well be the only connector on host devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops in the future, with its ability to handle a range of interfaces beyond USB 3.1. It’s also reversible and can carry more power. Of course, with signals running at 10 Gb/s, the USB connection can be a challenge to test.


Read complete whitepaper Type-C Connectors Seize Multi-Interface Versatility.


Raspberry Pi USB WiFi Dongle – Raspberry Pi

The official and recommended universal USB WiFi dongle for Raspberry Pi. In our tests, this dongle has performed significantly better than many others on the market, with stronger WiFi reception and better reliability. (This dongle is what everybody who works at Pi Towers uses with their own Pis.) BCM43143 chipset 802.11b/g/n 150Mbps maximum throughput Dimensions 30x16x8mm including USB plug Built-in support in NOOBS and Raspbian

via Raspberry Pi USB WiFi Dongle – Raspberry Pi.


DIY: Build a $10 USB visible-light spectrometer

Use simple and cheap materials to build your own USB spectrometer for visible light, or assemble one from