The PiDrive is a standard-size Raspberry Pi hat that plugs directly into the 40-pin I/O connector of any Raspberry Pi B+, A+, or B+ v2. The PiDrive expansion card allows the user to install any size mSATA SSD onto the Raspberry Pi. The PiDrive expansion card has low power requirements, yet provides vastly increased performance speed for the Raspberry Pi.
The PiDrive uses the Prolific Technology Inc. PL-2571 single chip Hi-Speed USB-to-SATA bridge controller chip and is based on the Prolific’s PL-2571 reference design.
- The PiDrive is low power and only consumes 250ma under full load and 160ma in idle mode
- Includes a stack-able GPIO header
- Does not use any of the Pi GPIO pins so will not affect other hats
- The PiDrive is powered by the USB port only
- No driver installation needed in Linux (kernel 2.4.18 or above)
- Power management supported
- NCQ command set
- TRIM support
- RAID support
- SMART support
What’s In The Box
- PiDrive board
- USB to PiDrive Cable
- mSATA drive mounting hardware
You can download the PiDrive installer that will guide you through creating your own micro SD boot loader in four easy steps. This is the easiest way to install your OS to boot off of the PiDrive. Or, if you would rather do it step by step, Adafruit has a good tutorial on moving the root file system to boot from a hard drive.