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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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Dear WDLabs team,
As a response to your initiative for low-entry self-hosted storage, I would like to propose our approach to this problem and to publish it here as well, to get feedback also from WD users.

Our team (On My Disk) are already working on this problem and we already have a prototype of what you are challenging.

Though the proposed solution is designed a little bit different, it provides exactly the functionality you want: self-hosted data storage on Raspberry Pi as back-end with ownCloud as function-rich front-end. The only difference is that our front-end runs as public ownCloud service, free for personal use. We have a magic in between - our protocol which mounts your local filesystem to the server. It performs secure remote access as well as NAT traversal. No syncing or uploading is needed to view/share your files in ownCloud (though we do some smart caching on filesystem level to boost up the sequential access). By dividing the stack into to a back-end running on client and a virtual filesystem running on server, we have solved the NAT problem and lowered the entry barrier and the requirements for HW (no LAMP is needed on your machine). The client is really lightweight, portable, free and opensource, it can work on really modest devices as well as on desktops. So the performance is good enough, the only major problem is the upload rate of xDSL.

Another advantage is that the front end is always up-to-date (as soon as we take care of upgrades). But the “killer” feature is that you only need a network cable to be connected, turn the power on, and after 8-10 seconds your stuff is online. No matter where you are - in office, at exhibition, at home. It just connects and mounts your stuff to you ownCloud account. All these will enable non-technical users to have their own self hosted storage in minutes.

Your are welcome to test the demo:
login to https://cloud.onmydisk.com/

user: info@onmydisk.com
password: onmydisk
Here is also a public link:
https://cloud.onmydisk.com/index.php/s/zi8T6lJFRrPYOX7

You can find some videos, photos and a short presentation of the solution. All these are stored on my RPi v.1 behind the two routers. I have no idea which public IP do I have. My upload rate is not so good - only 4,8 Mbit/s, so do not expect the fantastic performance.

What is NOT ready yet: initial connect or “coupling” of the device with the user account. We did not decide yet what to chose as “token” - MAC, board serial number or a kind of PIN printed on a box.

We are open for collaboration. We can support PiDrive in our service by implementing the “coupling” mechanism, or we can provide you with our technology to build your own public infrastructure, it is discussable. Anyway, I think we share the same vision and face the same challenge, so it’s worth to collaborate.

Kind regards,
Alexey Volkov,
founder and team leader of On My Disk

I have recived the WD piDrive but the only item included was the 314gb drive, nothing else, no instructions, no cabls

how do I get the rest. ?

I too am the proud owner of two of these marvelous Pi Drives but I don’t have any cables or accessories. The page I linked to from the article on www.raspberrypi.org did not have anything that talked about needing cables or power supplies. I just read a post that says you cannot buy the cables separately? Surely that cannot be? If that is so, I have two useless drives that I may need to figure out how to return.

After I got some advice what sort of cable I had to get it was not very hard to find it, and the price was not very high.

So now I have a working drive with my PI.

Wonderful!

I recently purchased a WD 314GB Pidrive. I have tried to follow the partition, formatting and mounting instructions provided by the link in dropbox. The dmesg listing indicates that the WD drive is recognized and indicates its serial number, and indicates that its device name is sda. However when the command sudo fdisk /dev/ sda is entered, the computer returns a message that no such device exists. Are the instructions incorrect or is there a problem with my hard drive?