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It should also be mentioned that as an alternative to the Pi/Pi2, there is also the Odroid C-1.

There’s a lot of people that actually like this over the Pi2.  There’s over 13 different OS’s you can run on the C-1 including Andorid 4.4.

I would guess though that a Kodi install on a Pi2 (or similar) wouldn’t really need the PiDrive, as the real benefit would be the portabliity which Kodi doesn’t really need (unless you’re using a niche case like an entertainment system in your car).

In my case I also have a Pi2 running Kodi wired up to my TV at home, but it gets fed from my MyCloud Mirror, which also holds the MySQL database with all the metadata and watched status etc on it (I also run Kodi on my laptop and tablet, which both also share that database). With the nice range of ways to get stuff from the MCM to the Pi (NFS, SMB, Webdav etc, in my case with NFS for local mounts and Webdav for my tablet when I’m travelling) it works superbly.

Personally I prefer Amber as my skin of choice, but that’s mainly as the Pi2 is an upgrade from the previous Pi1 which wouldn’t have had the power to run Aeon Nox and I’ve just stuck with it. Amber is a very sweet skin for use on a Pi, plenty of features (if not quite as powerful or widespread as AN), but with a very lightweight footprint for the lower powered kit.

Hey Darren,

Yeah i used Aeon Nox on the RPi1 and it was pretty disappointing (performance wise)

But the RPi2 is *HEAPS* better … if you wanna give it another go, here is the (modded) version i’m using …

http://download1588.mediafire.com/bx0p7jeyo0ag/9guy7per7i7b2ct/skin.Aeon-Nox-Gotham.4.1.9.6.zip

ignore the “Gotham” bit … i removed the dependencies, so it will install on any version of XBMC/Kodi (eg. Isengard, Frodo, Eden etc)

how did i remove the “dependencies” … easy, delete everthing between the “requires” tags in the addon.xml file

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<addon
  id=“skin.aeon.nox.gotham”
  version=“4.1.9.6”
  name=“Aeon Nox Gotham”
  provider-name=“Big_Noid|phil65”>
  <requires>
   
  </requires>
  <extension
    point=“xbmc.gui.skin”
    defaultthemename=“Textures.xbt”
    debugging=“false”
    effectslowdown=“1.0”>
   
 

Or you can use Aeon Shednox, which is basically the same as the Gotham build, with some minor changes/additions, but works on Helix and Isengard.

Thanks Tinwarble, i will give it a give try … pretty happy with the performance of the Gotham version (on Isengard) but will give this a try soon to compare …

Cool to be here, and discuss all things XBMC / Kodi / Skins / Raspberry Pi   … oops, and the 'PiDrive"  :wink:

Just curious if the name “PiDrive” has been trademarked ?

Because here’s another “PiDrive” 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2073955313/pidrive-low-power-msata-ssd-for-the-raspberry-pi/description

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Where’s the cables.  :wink:

Can you buy the cable separately? (without the drive)

Better photos here.

http://wdlabs.wd.com/products/

http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/12968/~/frequently-asked-questions-(faq)-about-the-wd-pidrive

It appears that this Community page will tell us how exactly to use the drive with the Pi.

I note that at the moment the drive set is on promotion and in the UK store its currently £45.50 instead of the standard price of £70 (with free shipping). It comes with a 10.2W mypassport wireless power adaptor. Not a bad price for a USB3 1TB drive, 4GB SD Card, power adaptor and ‘special’ cable.

WD PiDrive Kit    –     Model: WDLB001RNN

US Store Link.

http://store.wdc.com/store/wdus/en_US/DisplayAccesoryProductDetailsPage/ThemeID.21986300/Accessories/WD_PiDrive_Kit/productID.323686500/categoryId.70262300

UK Store Link.

http://store.westerndigital.com/store/wdeu/en_GB/DisplayAccesoryProductDetailsPage/ThemeID.30604000/Accessories/WD_PiDrive_Kit/productID.325370000/categoryId.70262400

Use promo code WDPiDrive111 to get 35% reduction.  

I have the Raspberry pii2, currently using the latest OSMC to run Kodi. i just received the WD 1TB HDD. How do I get it to work? My computer’s OS is win10. The SD card that came with the hard drive is blank, my computer does not recognize the hard drive and if I use the SD card that has the OSMC on it I still lcan’t access the hard drive. I thought this would be a plug and play but was dead wrong. I called western digital tech support for help and because this product is new, they could not help me, instead they passed the buck telling me to call Raspberry.

I’m about to return it if it becomes too difficult for a person who is not computer savy. I do not know computer programing. All I wanted to do is store media files. Thanks to anyone who can help me

WD PiDrive Setup
WD PiDrive must be partitioned, formatted, and mounted for use with Raspberry Pi.

http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/QIG/Global/4079-705156.pdf

So, since you’re using just to store media on it … partition and format it to NTFS

http://www.disk-partition.com/windows-10/format-hard-drive-windows-10-0528.html

also on the SD Card with OSMC there should be a file named   config.txt

you will mostly likely have to add this line …    max_usb_current=1

(you must do this when using a standard portable hdd to provide enough power … it may not be needed for the PiDrive)

ps. the card that comes with the PiDrive is blank

MicroSD™ Included

Every drive ships with a blank microSD™ card and adapter. That means you can use the microSD™ to safely test another OS with the WD PiDrive without losing programs or files on your current microSD™.

http://wdlabs.wd.com/products/

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richUK wrote:

Can you buy the cable separately? (without the drive)

Currently you cannot buy the cable separately.

Zg77Hunter wrote:

I have the Raspberry pii2, currently using the latest OSMC to run Kodi. i just received the WD 1TB HDD. How do I get it to work? My computer’s OS is win10. The SD card that came with the hard drive is blank, my computer does not recognize the hard drive and if I use the SD card that has the OSMC on it I still lcan’t access the hard drive. I thought this would be a plug and play but was dead wrong. I called western digital tech support for help and because this product is new, they could not help me, instead they passed the buck telling me to call Raspberry.

I’m about to return it if it becomes too difficult for a person who is not computer savy. I do not know computer programing. All I wanted to do is store media files. Thanks to anyone who can help me

You can partition and format your HDD in Windows by using the Disk Management Utility:

  1. Start > “diskmgmt.msc” > [ENTER]
  2. Your HDD should show up in the bottom pane with as a “Disk #”.  There might not necessarily be a drive letter assigned to your HDD, and there may be a little red arrow near the HDD icon and the words “Not Initialized”, indicating the drive does not have a partition table.  If so, right-click on that, and select “Initialize Disk”.  Use the “MBR (Master Boot Record)” option.
  3. Right click on the black “Unallocated” space for your HDD, and select “New Simple Volume”.  After selecting a size and optional drive letter, select “Format this volume with the following settings”, and “File system: NTFS”.  Give your partition a name if you’d like, under “Volume label”.  Keep the “Perform a quick format” option selected.
  4. After completing the Simple Volume Wizard, your drive should be good to go in OSMC.

You can also accomplish the same thing in Linux.  In OSMC:

  1. Power > Exit, and when the splash sceren comes up hit [ESC] to get to the console.  Login should be osmc : osmc by default I believe.
  2. See here:  http://community.wd.com/wstd/attachments/wstd/wdlabs/26/1/Partition%20Format%20Mount%20Instructions_v02.pdf

Hope this helps, let me know if something isn’t clear or is inconsistent!

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Thank you guys so much for the help. Going to try it out right noe. Much appreaciated!!!

Tinwarble wrote:
Late to the party again I see. :wink:

Well, that happens when you’re kept out of the loop by WD. Only today I’ve received the mail from WDLabs informing me about the WD PiDrive and I can’t help but feel WD is going to push users to the Raspberry instead of developing a decent successor to the WDTV. Pity.

The imposters SSD PiDrive looks a whole lot cooler and snazzy. :slight_smile:

Here is an informative WD PiDrive unboxing video.
Shows what is in the box and how to connect to Raspberry Pi.

Enjoy !

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