Lob0426 wrote:Any of you thought about, or have tried a USB HDD with this setup yet?
I'm working on a shallow, flat case the size of the footprint of the lapdock that will contain the Pi board, a powered USB hub, a USB laptop HDD, and stub cables routing all of the Pi I/O connections to port connectors at the back of the case. I'm poring over materials sources in on-line catalogs like McMaster-Carr trying to find something as light and cheap as possible (so, carbon fiber is out). However, it needs to be able to provide rigidity by having interlocking channels (or other structures) along the edges so that no tools or fasteners would be required for assembly.
It also has to be non-metallic so that it can be worked with simple hand tools as I have to work on this kind of project late at night and can't use power tools that grind or otherwise make significant noise - non-metallic materials also avoid accidental short circuits, ground loops, etc. It would be nice if the color closely matched/complemented that of the lapdock, so, a dark gray would work, which is fairly common for such materials, fortunately.
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