Raspberry Pi3B USB HUB - HDD Help

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  1. omega59

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    Hey guys. I have OSMC setup and with my new 2.5' HDD (Western-Digital-Passport-Drive-USB-3-0-WDBYFT0030BBK-WESN). I have a problem where it keeps crashing the OSMC with the blue-screen sad face randomly. From what I gather it is a power-insufficient issue. Looking at my PI's power supply it says Output: 5V 2500mAH, and this HDD uses a single USB 3.0, with Wattage 2.00 with Input-Voltage 5. Can someone please suggest a USB HUB that will work even for future additional drives, without the same issues I'm currently having. I do have the Ethernet socket connected and a Blue Tooth Dongle for my Logitech Keyboard connected as well. It would be a bonus if ALL my drives can remain on at the same time ofc :)

    Thank You!
     
  2. thecoolnessrune

    thecoolnessrune Diamond Member

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    Something like the StarTech ST4300MINI would probably be plenty. 3 Amps of 5V power from it's power adapter will take care of the hard drives and should put no load on your RPi.
     
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  3. omega59

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    Thank you for the response. I will take a look at this shortly.
     
  4. sdifox

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    In essence any usb hub with its own power supply will do. RPI3 power supplies tend to be just enough for the rpi3 and not much else.
     
  5. omega59

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    I'm getting a bit annoyed with Pi3, I'm ready to ditch it for Nvidia shield or something. Pi is just too slow and i hate all these wires just to power-up a HDD. Does the shield work well with simply connecting the HDD USB?
     
  6. Lewy

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    Well you might consider the new PI 3 B+ that came out in march as it not only offers a small speed increase (1.4Ghz vs 1.2) but more importantly much better Ethernet (300 vs 100) and wifi speeds as well as better heat and power control which means better sound too. Your micro-sd card should plug right in and work with it?
    A nice $35 upgrade and you could use your old Pi for a pi-hole or something else too.
     
  7. omega59

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    Yeah, i will pass though bc it's not a big difference. I am still thinking about the Shield or I will buy a cheap laptop with HDMI output. That will play everything for sure and then some.
     
  8. Lewy

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    The main advantages of the pi is that it's cheap and has a big support community . There are a lot of good solutions but all will become obsolete sooner or later and each also has disadvantages too.
    If you do buy a B+ I'd update and upgrade it (two simple cmds) and I think you will be a lot happier with its speed !7% faster processor and 3x Ethernet etc.
    Discussion of Kodi and B+: https://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=329654