(Updated 10-Nov) Pi-Drive "Pisces" computer: 1TB Raspberry-Pi Linux PC/appliance...... without the hacker mess!

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(Updated 10-Nov) Pi-Drive "Pisces" computer: 1TB Raspberry-Pi Linux PC/appliance...... without the hacker mess! by dwcsjca Sep 1, 2015
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NOTE: see UPDATE 10-Nov-15 in #2 below.

Goal: integrate mass storage (1TB) with Raspberry Pi to create a low-cost DIY Linux PC, private cloud, HDMI personal media player, surveillance server, etc. in an aesthetically compelling package suitable for use as a home/office appliance.

(1) 3D prints of the two attached files. These were developed on a Makerbot 2 using default settings but no rafts or bridges. See UPDATE in #2 below.
(2) WD PiDrive 1TB kit: 1TB hard disk drive with power-delivery accessories designed for Raspberry Pi:
http://store.wdc.com/promo/96259700 (UK store)
UPDATE 10-Nov-15: this kit is being upgraded to include injection-molded versions of the Pisces enclosure and Pisces mount parts (item 1 above) and will also include item 3 below, all at a significantly discounted package price (US now, UK end Nov):
http://store.wdc.com/store/wdus/en_US/list/ThemeID.21986300/parentCategoryID.13092600/categoryID.70262300/Accessories/WD_PiDrive (US Store)
(3) Right-angle (270 degree) HDMI male-to-female connector, such as:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00S4IBH5M?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

Software: there are many free software solutions to create appliances with Pisces. Some sites to check out: raspberrypi.org, projpi.com, getsync.com, osmc.tv, instructables.com (search Raspberry Pi, HDD).


(1) Print the two files attached. The photos show the two printed parts made on a Makerbot 2 with default Makerware settings, except rafts turned off.
(2) Procure the WD PiDrive kit (see URL above)
(3) Obtain a Raspberry Pi 2 single-board computer
(4) Procure a right-angle 270 degree HDMI male-to-female adapter (see URL above)
(5) Attach Raspberry Pi and WD PiDrive to the Pisces mount part
(6) Attach accessories and cables as needed to the Raspberry Pi (e.g. USB/WiFi dongle, Ethernet cable, USB keyboard/mouse, etc.)
(7) insert the Pisces mount into the Pisces enclosure part

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Most hateful thing I've tried to print. Don't try to use ABS

Great Design! What I am really missing is holes for (maybe hacker-style) screws or the like. If you move around the whole "box" it is very helpful when something keeps everything in place.

can you make a model for raspberry pi 3?

Really like this, just what I need. Will upload pictures when I have finished my print!

So did WD commission your design, or did you copy WD's design? Very cool if they took your idea to a commercial product!

Very nice.
i see your still perfecting the design.
The 1TB hard drive is the icing on the cake,keep on innovating.

It would be nice if this could be modified to fit in a 6" cube - could then print it on a printrbot simple metal.

Thanks a lot! That made my day :)

No problem.

You have created something unique and inspiring.
Every raspberry pi box is always just that (A box)
All your downloads speak for themselves.
People like it even if they dont leave a comment.

keep up you great work.

Keep thinking outside that box.

Hi technomastermind, thanks a lot for your kind words and encouragement! Really appreciate you making the effort to provide feedback!

Very refreshing,ts great to see someone thinking outside the typical raspberry pi box.
keep up the good work.