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x820 v3.0 version raspberry pi sdd/hdd storage board
x820 v3.0 version raspberry pi sdd/hdd storage board
x820 v3.0 version raspberry pi sdd/hdd storage board
x820 V1.3 raspberry pi sdd/hdd storage board
x820 V1.3 raspberry pi sdd/hdd storage board
Metal Case X820 V1.3 or X800 SSD Storage expansion board
Metal Case X820 V1.3 or X800 SSD Storage expansion board

Note

Please send your issue information with order numbers and purchase link to our support email: support@geekworm.com if you need after-sale support, that will do great help to solve the problem quickly, thanks in advance.

Overview

  • The X820 expansion board provides a complete storage solution for raspberry pi, only 2.5 inch SATA interface HDD/SDD hard disk is suitable for X820 Board;
  • For Use With: Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/ 2B / B+
  • Upgraded to USB3.1 Gen1 port; (SupportS USB 3.0) w/ high quality USB 3.0 Cable ( Lenght- 80cm/2.62inch; Diameter- 5.96mm/0.19inch)
  • Operating System: All Raspberry Pi operating systems
  • Support boot from USB mass storage device, please refer to #How to boot from a USB Mass storage device on a raspberry pi 3:

V3.0 Upgrade Features

  • Using patch process to improve the quality of the X820 V3.0 Board;
  • Add Powers button switch on the board to control the power supply.
  • Add upgraded external 5V 2A power output USB port for external device such as cellphone and other device, of course. User can power the raspberry pi via this USB port when GPIO pins are occupied by other expansion board.
  • Use upgrade Main control chip to solve the problem that the 'reboot' command is not supported in the V1.3 function.
  • User can directly use the X820 V3.0 board as a mobile hard disk even if you don't power it (tested; with our USB3.0 cable or use a good quality and relatively short USB3.0 cable); PS: In the V1.3 version, you need to power the X820 at the same time as when you use the X820 V1.3 board as a mobile Hard disk;
  • The HDMI adapter has been removed, which reduces the difficulty of installation; it also facilitates the design and installation of the accessory enclosure;
  • Two kinds of power supply modes are supported; One of mode is that power the raspberry pi via 2 pin cable by connecting to GPIO2 (5V) and GPIO3(GND) pins, the other one of mode is power the raspberry pi via USB port; PS: DON'T USE THE TWO KIND MODES AT THE SAME TIME;

Diagram of X820 V3.0

X820-v3.0 DWG.jpg

Features

  • Supports upto 4TB 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives (HDD) / solid-state drive (SSD)
  • Ideal storage solution for Raspberry Pi
  • USB 3.1 Gen1 to SATA 6Gb/s Bridge Controller
  • USB 2.0 connectivity offers plug-and-play functionality on your Raspberry Pi
  • Quick file transfer with high-speed USB 3.0 connectivity from a PC or a Mac
  • External Self Powered - Do not require power from Raspberry Pi USB port
  • Powers the Raspberry Pi - no additional power supply for RPi
  • Duplicated Raspberry Pi HDMI port

Specification

  • Power supply: AC 100 - 240V input 50 / 60Hz, 5V DC 4A output
  • DC Power Plug Size : 5.5*2.5mm
  • Output Ports: 1 x HDMI, 1 x USB , 1 x DC jack

Notice

  • DO NOT APPLY POWER TO YOUR RASPBERRY PI VIA THE PI's MICRO USB SOCKET!

Packing List

  • 1 x X820 Expansion Board
  • 1 x USB 3.0 cable (Length: 80cm/ 2.62 inch)
  • 1 x USB connector
  • 1 x 2 Pin Power Connection Wire(Cable: 10cm)
  • 1 x HDMI Adapter
  • 1 x Install Screws pack

Installation Guide(V3.0 Version)

V3.0 Installation Guide-w800.jpg

Video Guide from our friends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxNKpuhVsX8

Pictures

Matching Metal Case for X820 V3.0 Version (Recommend)

Please refer to X820 Metal Case V3.0 Version

Matching Metal Case for X820 V1.3 Version

Please refer to X820 Metal Case V1.3 Version

FAQ

Q: Don't detect HDD/SDD?

  • This is a complicated question, but we can check it from these points. Please refer to How to check the X820

Q: Do i need an external power source supplying for x820 board?

  • Yes, here is the specification: 5V and 4A with a 5.5mm barrel connector.

Q: With a hard drive installed, could you eleminate the need for a micro sd card and boot straight from drive?

  • Please refer to the "How to boot from a USB Mass storage device on a raspberry pi 3" below.

Q: What to do if the X820 board could not detect the HDD or SSD?

  • (1) At first, please use the high quality power supply adapter, the hard disk will not been recognized if you use the low quality power supply, as the current of this power supply is not enough.
  • (2) Please run 'lsusb' command under linux terminal, and save the screenshot of the result, then send it to our email: support@geekworm.com, then we will figure out your problem together.
  • (3) Please remember to send us your order number and the website you ordered to us when you contact us for the X820 problem by email: support@geekworm.com.Thank you!

Q: What is a recommended HDD for this board?

  • Basically it can support all the 2.5-inch HDD with SATA 2 or STATA 3 interface.

Q: How to do if I don't like the blue light on the power switch?

  • It is ok to disable the blue light on the power switch, you just need to pull out the white cable. Please refer to the picture.

Q: Why can't boot from the SSD or HDD?

  • Customer Feedback 1: I have followed the same steps you provided and my ssd is not able to boot. I have tried again with a normal sata hard drive and it works fine. My original ssd (Patriot Burst 240gb) draws too much power. Thus, do not boot.

For more questions, please refer to blog FAQ of Raspberry Pi X820 V3.0 USB 3.0 2.5" SATA HDD/SSD Storage Expansion Board

How to boot from a USB Mass storage device on a raspberry pi 3

This tutorial explains how to boot your Raspberry Pi 3 from a USB mass storage device such as a flash drive or USB hard disk. Be warned that this feature is experimental and does not work with all USB mass storage devices. See this blog post from Gordon Hollingworth for an explanation of why some USB mass storage devices don't work, as well as some background information.

Program USB Boot Mode

Before a Raspberry Pi 3 will boot from a mass storage device, it needs to be booted from an SD card with a config option to enable USB boot mode. This will set a bit in the OTP (One Time Programmable) memory in the Raspberry Pi SoC that will enable booting from a USB mass storage device. Once this bit has been set, the SD card is no longer required. Note that any change you make to the OTP is permanent and cannot be undone.

You can use any SD card running Raspbian or Raspbian Lite to program the OTP bit. If you don't have such an SD card then you can install Raspbian or Raspbian Lite in the normal way - see installing images.

  • First, prepare the /boot directory with up to date boot files:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

The above step is not required if you use the 2017-04-10 release of Raspbian / Raspbian Lite or later, (PS: use or update the last Raspbian version is always recommend)

  • Then enable USB boot mode with this code:
echo program_usb_boot_mode=1 | sudo tee -a /boot/config.txt
sudo reboot

This adds program_usb_boot_mode=1 to the end of /boot/config.txt. Reboot the Raspberry Pi with sudo reboot, then check that the OTP has been programmed with:

vcgencmd otp_dump | grep 17:
17:3020000a

Ensure the output 0x3020000a is shown. If it is not, then the OTP bit has not been successfully programmed.

If you wish, you can remove the program_usb_boot_mode line from config.txt, so that if you put the SD card in another Raspberry Pi, it won't program USB boot mode. Make sure there is no blank line at the end of config.txt. You can edit config.txt using the nano editor using the command sudo nano /boot/config.txt, for example.

Prepare the operating system image

Starting with the 2017-04-10 release of Raspbian you can install a working Raspbian system to a USB mass storage device by copying the operating system image directly onto your USB device, in the same way that you would for an SD card. To perform this step, follow the instructions HERE, remembering to select the drive that corresponds to your USB mass storage device.

Once you have finished imaging your USB mass storage device, remove it from your computer and insert it into your Raspberry Pi 3.

[Boot your Raspberry Pi 3 from the USB mass storage device]

Attach the USB mass storage device to your Raspberry Pi 3 and power it up. After between five and ten seconds the Raspberry Pi 3 should begin booting, and display the rainbow splash screen on an attached screen.

From: https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/hardware/raspberrypi/bootmodes/msd.md

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Anonymous user #10

5 days ago
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Hello,

WHich SSD AND HDD do you recommenr??

Admin

5 days ago
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Hello, We suggest you use the high quality and big brand SSD OR HDD. As the low quality SSD and HDD may not be recognized after installation, hope to get your understanding! Best regards,

Cindy/Geekworm

Anonymous user #9

8 days ago
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Is there a UPS expansion board that will keep the Pi and the drive powered?

Admin

5 days ago
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Hello, Sorry, there is no such a UPS expansion board to power the Pi and the drive , the best way is to power the whole set with DC 5V 4A POWER SUPPLY. if any more questions, please comtact us by email. Best regards,

Cindy

Anonymous user #8

10 days ago
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Can I use the 5V USB power output for anything? I am using GPIO pins to power my RPI. I tried plugging a cable into the USB 5V for something else yesterday while my PI was running, and the entire unit shut down. I know my USB cable and the unit I plugged in is okay, because it will work if I plug it in to the RPI directly, or into a USB charging jack.

Admin

10 days ago
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Hello sir, You have the X820 v3.0 version expsnaion board, right? And the 5V OUT USB port is a 5V 2A POWER output for other device, it maybe ok to connect other device, but the output power is only 5v 2a, maybe your device drives too much power. If ang more questions, please contact us by email. Best regards,

Geekworm

Anonymous user #7

14 days ago
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How can I use the X820 expansion board plugged on Raspberry Pi and intermittently on a Mac under OSX? The specs indicates "Quick file transfer with high-speed USB 3.0 connectivity from a PC or a Mac".

But an extended web search do not show it is possible yet since there is no format for read and write a 1 To SSD on both Raspbian and MacOSX.

Admin

13 days ago
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Hello, Sorry, the X820 v3.0 board can not be used while plugged on Raspberry pi and on a Mac at the same time, you can use the only X820 v3.0 board with a 2.5 inch SATA HDD or SSD on it with the blue USB cable to connect on Mac as a mobile hard disk, hope to get your understanding! If still questions, please contact us by email. Best regards,

Geewkworm

Anonymous user #6

one month ago
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I like the case, but I think there could be some improvements. Here is my list. I have checked these items with others, and they say they would be likely to buy the case if some or all of these were implemented: - make it taller so there isn't an issue with hats - make the top cover plastic. That would allow onboard GPS units to work, as well as improve WiFi and Bluetooth performance - make the shutdown so that it shuts the PI down, then the power.

- make a slot for GPIO access.

Admin

one month ago
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Hello sir, Thanks for all your feedback, we get your suggestions now and will consider to add the GPIO access on the top cover of the case, but it will make the case look like not so beautiful. For the safe shutdown problem, sorry, the power button do not support safe shutdown, but there will be a X720 expansion board to be released in the future to help safe shutdown. Best regards,

Geekworm

Anonymous user #6

one month ago
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For a future version, please make it possible to control Raspberry PI for a clean shutdown command when the power button is pushed, similar to how it works with a PC or laptop. It should be easy to add a connection to the GPIO and then a very small script to run to shutdown the PI, then alert the power board to shut down.

Just pushing the power button and removing power from the PI without shutdown can damage the SD card or the disk.

Admin

21 days ago
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Hello sir, We will release a new power manage expansion board(X720) with safe shutdown, with remote wake up etc. function soon.

Geekworm

Anonymous user #4

one month ago
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Which colored cable should I pull out in order to disable the blue LED on the big power button?

Thanks~

Admin

one month ago
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Hello sir, Please contact us by support@geekworm.com to help you figure out the problem, thank you! It is better to attach some video or photos. Best regards,

Geekworm

Anonymous user #3

one month ago
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I also suffer from the same problem, would like to have the PI running all the time. Also does not boot up automatically after a reboot (I need to push the power button first). Any solutions appreciated!

Admin

one month ago
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Hello, Thanks for all you feedback,it was found out that there a little capacitor on the X820 board to be changed, then it will slove the problem. If you need to know which capacitor need to be change, please send email to : support@geekworm.com.

The auto on problem will be solved soon, when the updated products released, we will update information. You can pay attention to Geekworm official website : geekworm.com to know more about product update. Best regards, Geekworm

Anonymous user #1

2 months ago
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How can I have the board(s) auto power on after a power fail? Switching the header from “auto off” to “auto on” does not seem to work.

Anonymous user #2

2 months ago
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No support you said.

Admin

one month ago
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Hello, Thanks for all you feedback,it was found out that there a little capacitor on the X820 board to be changed, then it will slove the problem. The auto on problem will be solved soon, when the updated products released, we will update information. You can pay attention to Geekworm official website : geekworm.com to know more about product update. Best regards,

Geekworm

Anonymous user #5

one month ago
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For auto power ON, add a 1uF capacitor between the red wire (+) and the black wire plugged on the button. Respect the polarity of your capacitor if necessary (tantalum ou electrolytic).