That's correct, a single USB2 cable, and not a particularly thick one, though being 6" long, probably not much power loss. The Pi3B was connected through a KVM switch to keyboard, mouse and monitor. Raspbian was on an SD card (I plan to move the root filesystem to the drive but haven't done that yet).MarkTF wrote:As I understand it, this testing was done with the USB2 cable from the Pi as the only connection to the PiDrive, that is, the PiDrive is powered through the Pi without a powered USB port expander or with a Y cable. Is this correct? Do you have other peripherals (keyboard, mouse, HDMI display, etc) on the Pi?
What about folks who aren't going to put it into a case? Some people believe in plank computing, that is putting your computer laying out on some plywood instead of in a case. But an LED version of a light house beacon blinding them can't be good.Boogieman_WD wrote:. I'm really glad you like what you see so far and I'm sorry to hear about the LED light. Hopefully you don't find it as bothersome as now when you get the case.
Now the monitor with the *bright* blue LED that burnt out won't shut off correctly. I don't know if there's any connection but intentionally burning out parts on circuit boards probably isn't a good idea.Heater wrote:Just stick some tape or something over it. Job done. If it then burns out that is a design failure, it's obviously consuming way to much power, send it back for replacement.
The issue isn't whether or not it has a light but how bright it is. I do think you should be able to shut the light off in software though, that seems fairly reasonable.Personally I like such LEDs on hard drives. I have not seen one since the little green SMD LED on my old Quantum Big Foot. 1GB yeah!
WD My Book drives, I think that's it, are in external cases and are ridiculously bright, especially in a darkened room. I think that is part of the problem, the assumption that these drives will be used in full daylight. Perhaps there's some way to shut off the lights, there certainly should be.Pithagoros wrote:LED is probably intended to be visible via a light guide when the drive is in a case/housing.
I have a little cheap one. This month the budget is set to get a decent soldering station and a magnifying desk lamp (so I see what the frack I'm doing), though that is primarily to support a couple of Pi Zero projects...ones that need some GPIO pins installed.Heater wrote:I'm sure a soldering iron can fix it. We all have a soldering iron, right? If not it's time to get one.
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pi@raspberrypi:~ $ df Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/root 301809248 4191836 283894680 2% / devtmpfs 469688 0 469688 0% /dev tmpfs 474004 0 474004 0% /dev/shm tmpfs 474004 6504 467500 2% /run tmpfs 5120 4 5116 1% /run/lock tmpfs 474004 0 474004 0% /sys/fs/cgroup /dev/mmcblk0p1 61384 20368 41016 34% /boot tmpfs 94804 0 94804 0% /run/user/1000 /dev/sda1 61384 20368 41016 34% /media/pi/boot
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pi@raspberrypi:~ $ lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 292.5G 0 disk |-sda1 8:1 0 60M 0 part /media/pi/boot |-sda2 8:2 0 292.4G 0 part / mmcblk0 179:0 0 7.4G 0 disk |-mmcblk0p1 179:1 0 60M 0 part /boot |-mmcblk0p2 179:2 0 7.3G 0 part
I think that would void the warranty and soldering SMT LEDs seems harsh when all they need is a way to shut that bright light off in software.Heater wrote:I'm sure a soldering iron can fix it. We all have a soldering iron, right? If not it's time to get one.
Yeah... Of course....that would require the existence of, oh, you know, documentation. Have you been able to find any? (I haven't...and this is the second WD Pi-related device for which I haven't found any. On the other one, someone from WD actually told that there isn't any documentation...that may be the case here, as well.)stderr wrote:I think that would void the warranty and soldering SMT LEDs seems harsh when all they need is a way to shut that bright light off in software.Heater wrote:I'm sure a soldering iron can fix it. We all have a soldering iron, right? If not it's time to get one.
Since we know that the drive can turn the light on and off for various reasons, we know that it could also just keep it off.
I have a Dremel. I used to do some minor case mods, primarily to improve air flow in SFF cases.Heater wrote:@stderr,
Yep, soldering on a product will no doubt void the warranty. If that matters or not depends on the cost of the thing and the risk you are prepared to take with it.
I'm sure the Dremel is great. Must get one some time. As an oldie I only know the arts of hacksaws, files, drills, hammers etc.
The WD case tones it down to something tolerable.simon3270 wrote:The LED is right on the edge of the board, so a sharp knife will peel it off easily. Just be sure that all of it is removed, and that no bits fall into the drive.
I did the deed within 20 minutes of first powering it on, which gives some idea of how bright and annoying it was!