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by dwcsjca
Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: RACHEL-Pi USB installer
Replies: 3
Views: 4718

RACHEL-Pi USB installer

Hi, we're working with World Possible to support RACHEL-Pi in our products (WDLabs). We have experimental software based on the NOOBS OS installer that will install the RACHEL-Pi WiFi server onto a USB drive attached to R-Pi. It's set up as a dual-boot solution: (1) boot Raspbian to provide easy set...
by dwcsjca
Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Create a local APT package mirror
Replies: 5
Views: 2951

Re: Create a local APT package mirror

Sounds good- thanks. I sent you a personal message.
by dwcsjca
Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Create a local APT package mirror
Replies: 5
Views: 2951

Re: Create a local APT package mirror

Thanks for the link- it uses similar packages and configuration- good to see! In our application, we need to provide as close to plug 'n' play as possible, so the apt-mirror is integrated into our version of NOOBS (a.k.a. PiDrive Foundation Edition) along with our Project Spaces feature. We also ins...
by dwcsjca
Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Create a local APT package mirror
Replies: 5
Views: 2951

Create a local APT package mirror

Hi, I'm on the staff of WDLabs. One of our projects involves bringing R-Pi and PiDrive to schools in regions where Internet connectivity is poor or where connection to Internet is not desirable due to security or privacy concerns. To address this, we're planning to use the PiDrive as a local APT sof...
by dwcsjca
Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: PiDrive 1tb won't boot
Replies: 26
Views: 4173

Re: PiDrive 1tb won't boot

Hi, sorry for joining the discussion so late. After installation/setup, the PiDrive Foundation Edition drives continue to use the included SDcard for the initial boot process. The root directory is on the USB drive. We implemented it this way so the PiDrive products could support Pi2 and PiZero as w...
by dwcsjca
Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Reys Image and the PiDrive
Replies: 8
Views: 6502

Re: Reys Image and the PiDrive

Hi, I'm on the WDLabs team (makers of the WD PiDrive range). Last month we released a new generation of PiDrives (WD PiDrive Foundation Edition) that facilitates OS/app installation on the USB drive. Once installed, the included SDcard is used for booting only, then system operation moves to root fi...
by dwcsjca
Sat Mar 26, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: ownCloud 3D Printed Case with HDD
Replies: 3
Views: 4198

Re: ownCloud 3D Printed Case with HDD

Hi, below is a Dropbox link to 3D models of a cover for the WD PiDrive enclosure (a.k.a. "Pisces" enclosure). There are also a couple of screenshots (.png) showing the design. There's a rectangular tab on the "tail" of the part that is just for 3D printing that should be cut off after printing. The ...
by dwcsjca
Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:15 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: NEW HDD FOR RPI's
Replies: 39
Views: 6620

Re: NEW HDD FOR RPI's

Hi, I'm on the WDLabs team. Stderr is on the right track: the Pi Drive Cable was/is provided with the Pi Drive 1TB (launched last year). This was our first Pi-focused product and we took the brute-force approach of using the custom cable to power the HDD off the AC adapter instead of through the Pi ...
by dwcsjca
Tue Nov 24, 2015 5:55 am
Forum: Compute Module
Topic: New CM gadgets from WDLABS
Replies: 24
Views: 9407

New CM gadgets from WDLABS

Hi, I'm on the WDLABS team, a new function in Western Digital. Our objective is to enable new applications for our data storage products. This week we're starting to release two solutions supporting the RPi CM: an HDMI stick and a SATA-to-RPiCM adapter. These are DIY kits featuring custom PCBA's tha...
by dwcsjca
Thu Nov 19, 2015 5:17 am
Forum: For sale
Topic: western digital drive package
Replies: 25
Views: 8787

Re: western digital drive package

Hi, quick update on WD PiDrive product offerings: -The PiDrive cable (enables powering of RPi and HDD without a USB hub) is now available separately -The above cable is now offered in a bundle with the 5V power adapter and USB power cable -The PiDrive kit now includes an enclosure that houses the RP...
by dwcsjca
Tue Oct 06, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: For sale
Topic: western digital drive package
Replies: 25
Views: 8787

Re: western digital drive package

Hi, the 2A supply should be sufficient in most cases. The drive's peak current is about an amp and its power connection is directly to the AC adapter, not to the Pi's USB port. The Pi has a voltage protection circuit to ensure that the SoC is the last thing to get starved if peripherals demand exces...
by dwcsjca
Mon Sep 28, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: For sale
Topic: western digital drive package
Replies: 25
Views: 8787

Re: western digital drive package

Thanks! The HDD is "USB native" meaning that its I/O is a via a USB3 microB female connector on the drive. On the HDD's PCBA there's a SATA-to-USB bridge. The drive is connected to the RPi via a special adapter cable we designed. We call it the "Dragon Cable" as it has three leads coming out of the ...
by dwcsjca
Sat Sep 26, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: For sale
Topic: western digital drive package
Replies: 25
Views: 8787

Re: western digital drive package

Hi, I'm on the WD team that supports the PiDrive and other RPi initiatives. Regarding enclosures for the PiDrive kit, during off-hours I created a few designs for DIY 3D-prints and posted them on thingiverse.com. If the response is positive, I hope to use the thingiverse view/download numbers to con...
by dwcsjca
Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: Compute Module
Topic: Restore CM to factory set-up?
Replies: 0
Views: 413

Restore CM to factory set-up?

Hi, is there a procedure to restore the CM eMMC to factory contents? I have many CM's, trying different images, and some of them have boot issues now (e.g. file system failure, no HDMI/image, etc.). I'm a Linux newbie and relative R-Pi newbie working on CM-based HW solutions. I'm using the CM dev bo...

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