For those of you Raspberry Pi users out there, Western Digital has a nice surprise in celebration of Pi Day, and it comes in the form of a neat storage solution for it, named PiDrive. Following the release of the much-improved Raspberry Pi 3 from two weeks ago, the new HDD offers the potential to build cool projects like the one in the video above or even turn it into a low power PC or server.
The drive features 314GB of storage in a 7mm thin package that comes in very handy in situations that require data acquisition such as telepresence robots. It is a custom built Western Digital Blue (budget-oriented) drive, as well a smaller variant of the company's 1TB PiDrive that the company already offers.
The drive may feature a smaller capacity that its bigger brother, but it is also more affordable, costing only $31.4, versus the $79.99 you'd have to shell out for the more spacious offering. The 314GB PiDrive has a modified interface (USB instead of SATA) and is optimized for low power usage, but Western Digital claims that performance is still sufficient to saturate the USB connection on the Raspberry Pi.
The new drive also comes with the company's BerryBoot bootloader, making it very easy for Raspberry Pi users to run multiple operating systems from the drive, including the Windows 10 IoT Insider Preview.
The $31.4 price is for a limited time only, so act quickly if you wish to get your hands on one, as it will be $45.81 when the promotion ends. Western Digital says that the new PiDrive is also compatible with the company's existing PiDrive cables and enclosures.