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  1. #1371
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    There are a few ways to get RPi and disk in the same case ...
    For example - a 2.5" drive fits in this OneNineDesign case (I have no experience of it)
    https://thepihut.com/products/raspbe...e24a2076&_ss=r

    Another way is to use a PC ATX case but check that the holes on the back give you what you want to get easy access to.

    However, if you want to turn the RPi into a player with a HAT ... then you will have to check carefully including heat dissipation.

    You could also go for SSD ... or maybe a full scaie HDD ...
    I think best thing to do is find specialist RPi sites and look for recommendations from people who have it working - some of whom might even be here.

    Also - powering an external HDD from the RPi can be an issue, especially if there are other devices being powered by it. Again - check for real world experience.

    My guess is that most here put their music on a NAS somewhere else on the LAN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Groundsman View Post
    Is there anywhere to buy for not much money a PiCase that could include the HDD, so everything was neatly in a single box rather than having the Pi and separate HDD Caddy
    I don't know how big your library is, but this case: https://www.argon40.com/argon-one-m-...erry-pi-4.html is great for a Pi 4 and a M.2 SATA SSD (2TB should be no problem). You have a power switch and a fan (which might not be used because the case cools very good passive) and all connectors on one side.
    With the original Pi power supply for the Pi 4 I am using an external USB 3 SATA SSD with 2TB without any problems, the internal M.2 would be also working.

    A HDD will be no problem with an external power supply.
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    Thanks for the replies. My library is 108GB and currently is on my netbook and backed up on a couple of other windows PCs. I don't have a NAS and in reality play almost all my music via the spotty pluggin to LMS and fill in the gaps from my library when Spotify catalogue is found wanting. I have no desire for a Pi Player just to run LMS.

    I do have some old HDDs around that would accommodate the library and was thinking of repurposing those in a usb caddy. At least one is 2.5" so that ú10 case you suggested looks great but it sounds like if i just plug that into one of the PI's usb ports that's probably going to be problematic.

    Apologies if I posted this in the wrong place - first timer on this board

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    You could buy a Pi and official power supply (and micro SD card if you do not have one spare) - but without a case and try it out.
    Then choose what to do about the case later ... although 2 shipping charges might make that a more expensive way to go ... unless you pack a few more things into the 2nd order which is quite likely once you get the RPi bug.
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    and, via the extra "Radio Now Playing" plugin lots more - see https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...Playing-plugin

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    I have successfully used this caddy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    and this SSD: https://www.ebuyer.com/790252-kingst...-sa400s37-480g

    with no external power and no issues. I chose the ssd because of its low power requirement.

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    I would not try to power a spinning disk from the RPI. But a SSD should not be a problem......at least on a Pi4.
    piCorePlayer a small player for the Raspberry Pi in RAM.
    Homepage: https://www.picoreplayer.org

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    Probably any SSD should be ok but it's worth checking power consumption before buying as they differ more than you would expect. Some that are labelled "green" use more power than others not making that claim. No real need to worry about performance.

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    Thanks a lot. Feel confident now

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Groundsman View Post
    Thanks a lot. Feel confident now
    I have one idea how you can use a Pi 4 with a 2,5" HDD without power problems. I didn't thought at this at first.

    I am using this type of installation here for a Pi 4 which is used for LibreELEC (Kodi installation) and two external 5TB 2,5" HDD.

    The main part is this USB 3.0 hub: https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B07RL74YHZ
    The hub is getting 12V with 2A from the power adapter. The Pi 4 is connected to the red connector for power (USB-A to USB-C cable). The two 2,5" HDD are connect to the blue connections and one USB 3 port of the Pi is connected with the USB 3 input on the small side of the hub.
    So the two HDD are getting their power from the hub and also the Pi is getting it's power from the hub.

    I made many tests, even with three HDD and the voltage was always stable so I never saw the yellow lightning in the top right corner of the video.

    All other tests with big external power supplies and both USB 3 HDD directly connected to the Pi 4 result in the yellow lightning.
    Pi4 4GB piCorePlayer with LMS and Squeezelite for USB inside an Argon One case
    Pi3B+ (7" Display, Hifiberry DAC+ Pro) piCorePlayer with Squeezlite/Jivelite for Hifiberry inside a SmartiPi touch case
    Pi Zero W only for Bluetooth headphones
    Two Airport Express
    Ikea Symfonisk

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    That sounds pretty neat.

    So the hub acts as the common power supply for everything as well as managing the data transfer between the Pi and the HDD

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