Been a long time since I have been here, but I am back. I am working on putting together a new setup for my RA box. I am taking the case of a Xbox 360 HD DVD drive to house a RPi 2 and a 1tb PiDrive from WD. My plan is to have more compact setup that not look out of place in my media center. I will post pictures as I get progress done.
I have small update for the project. I have the drive the gutted and starting to dry fit the parts inside. I did come across one cool thing, the power board from the drive has a 12volt and 5volt rail that I can use to power the internals as well as let keep the fan in the case operational. I know that the pi and HDD do not put out that much heat, but having a cooling fan will help considering the proximity of the components inside. I have decided that due to tight funds I am going to have to split my original plan into 2 projects. I am going to get all the hardware done and working and then latter on do finishing work such as case painting and re-badgeing the case. I am currently pushing all my music files to the PiDrive this morning and after that is done I shall get some pictures of the dry fit.
Frank, its a honor to see I have caught you eye on this project. I have seen your posts and work in the forums, I hope my little project lives up to my plan.
Update on this project. Trying to figure out to place the raspi and the WD PiDrive inside the case that is secure yet also allows future upgrades. I have been playing around with wiring ideas in my head and believe I come up with a plan that works well. The wiring will be a little crazy to do as I want to have a downstream usb port on the rear of the case that goes to the PiDrive so that i can access the drive for data management from a another computer without taking the entire case apart. This means I will have to do some interesting wire management to the usb to the PiDrive as well as to the power of the pi itself. I already plan on having to add switches to the case for power management since I plan to leave the power supply plugged in. I hope to have things figured out to where i can start the work and get photos. As of now I have done some testing with the system and I am happy with the PiDrive so far. The only thing I do not like about the PiDrive is the special cable it comes with. The cable plugs into the drive via a USB3.0 micro connector and splits to usb2.0 micro to power the pi and usb 3.0 type a connector for data. The last part is my issue, the length on the data portion of the cable. its a little to short for my taste and bends in a way I do not like. I am looking into a way to hopefully fix this or mitigate any issues with this. I hope to be more consistent on my updates on this.