Install and run an existing image from piDrive

Finally my Kickstarter pledge, the piDrive from Gungho Labs, arrived today. While I was very excited I took the chance to install the piDrive to my existing Raspberry Pi server.

piDrive package content.

piDrive package content.

SSD temporary installed.

SSD temporary installed.

piDrive host board prior to modification.

piDrive host board prior to modification.

So from the first glance I found that the piDrive will not fit my existing Teko box that was housing the Raspberry Pi server before. A quick job with the Dremel solved that 🙂

Useless IO header removed.

Useless IO header removed.

Top view fit.

Top view fit.

Side view fit.

Side view fit.

Front view fit.

Front view fit. The piDrive is spaced 7mm above the Raspi main board.

7 thoughts on “Install and run an existing image from piDrive

  1. Hallo Michael,
    besten Dank für deine Unterstützung.
    Bei mir hat der Installer , wie so bei vielen Nutzern des PiDrives, nicht funktioniert.
    Aber mit deiner Beschreibung hat es geklappt.

    Dan hatte ich noch ein Problem mit einem Wackelkontakt des USB-Verbinders.

    Jetzt läuft alles bestens

  2. Hi,
    I receive my PiDrive without PiDrive to USB cable ((( Can you send me photo or instruction how can I made this cable. I need to know how connect PiDrive pins to USB
    Thank you.

  3. Der Raspberry 3 bietet ja die Möglichkeit, direkt (also ohne eine MicroSD-Card) von USB zu booten (https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/pi-3-booting-part-i-usb-mass-storage-boot/). Das funktioniert super.
    Seit 2017-04-10 bietet Raspbian die Möglichkeit, ein jungfräuliches Image direkt (wie von einem MicroSD gewohnt) auf das USB-Drive zu schreiben und sofort davon zu booten (https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/hardware/raspberrypi/bootmodes/msd.md). Der langwierige Copy-Prozess von MicroSD auf USB-Drive kann entfallen.

  4. Hello. Thanks for this tutorial ! I´d like to transfer my Volumio sd card to my pidrive. My volumio sd card contains 3 partitions :
    – the Fat32 to boot
    – /dev/mmcblk0p2 (approximatly 2.3Go)
    – /dev/mmcblk0p3 (approximatly 27Go)

    But this is the /boot/cmdline.txt content :
    dwc_otg.lpm_enable=0 dwc_otg.fiq_enable=1 dwc_otg.fiq_fsm_enable=1 dwc_otg.fiq_fsm_mask=0x3 console=ttyAMA0,115200 kgdboc=ttyAMA0,115200 console=tty1 imgpart=/dev/mmcblk0p2 imgfile=/volumio_current.sqsh elevator=noop rootwait smsc95xx.turbo_mode=N bootdelay=5

    I´ve got a imgpart but no “root=/dev/mmcblk0p2″…
    What must I do on the /boot/cmdline.txt file ?
    Thanks a lot !!!

    • Transfer the SD card image and then try if it is booting. Below in the comments Herbert said that at least on a Pi3 you can directly boot from USB MSD without having a SD cards.

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