Hiya, this is my first post, but in short I’d like to power a single 3.5" HDD drive from the 4c.
To delve slightly deeper, I’m looking to build a very simple 4c based system to replace my rPi4 which is currently hosting OpenHab, Blu-Ray rips, and I’d like it to run piHole, plus a tvheadend server.
I don’t need to run 4 or 5 hard drives, but I do need to run one, reliably, for the rips. The problem is that these are currently on a WD 6TB external USB 3, and I would prefer that storage to be internal, all on the one power supply. Just to assert … I’m not going to be running any NAS things … it’s just too much continual maintenance for me, and I’m not skilled enough.
I believe that an Akasa m.2 PCI to SATA converter will probably do the trick with regards to the SATA connection, however I’d like to know if there’s a way to power a single 3.5" drive from anywhere on the 4c reliably enough to not cause any problems with the disk. Obviously I’d like it to spin down when not in use, hopefully that’s something controlled by the HDD’s own controller, but my knowledge on such things had waned over the years.
I just wondered if anyone here has done something similar to this, and if so, what they managed to do.
Oh, and please go easy on me!