USB3.0 to 2.5" SSD Expansion Base & Bundles

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Note: From 27th May 2021 onwards, the USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA SSD Expansion Base has been updated to the new version, V2.0.

Note: The X825 2.5" SSD Expansion base is NOT Compatible with Raspberry Pi 5 due to some test point requirements.

 

Some new features of USB 3.0 to 2.5" SSD Expansion board for Raspberry Pi 4 Model B V2.0:

  • Add 4 test pins to achieve power between X825 V2.0 and Raspberry Pi 4 Model B without additional cable. You can get power from the Pi4's Type-C port or X825 V2.0 DC JACK power socket.
  • Use a shorter USB 3.0 jumper/connector

The X825 expansion board provides a complete storage solution for the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, it supports up to 4TB 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives (HDD) / Solid-State Drive (SSD). Only 2.5 inch SATA interface HDD/SDD hard disk is suitable for the X825 Base.

Note: This is meant for the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B mainboard only as of the placement of the USB 3.0 port.

We have tested this expansion board with:

The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is configured to boot over the USB port and manages to get amazing data access speed through this board. Check out the short video on how you can install the expansion board to your Raspberry Pi 4 Model B:

However, Geekworm does not recommend using Samsung SSD because they found the EMC of Samsung SSD is quite high and might affect the operation.

 

Here is a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B boot up from the 2.5" MakerDisk SSD (at the bottom) via the X825 expansion base.

Notes:

  • A microSD card is required to force the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B board to boot from USB as its "root" partition. All new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B are ready with USB boot. This step is not necessary anymore.
  • WARNING: DO NOT power your Raspberry Pi via the Pi's 40-pin header and type-C socket at the same time.
  • USB 3.0 devices might generate radio frequency interference that can cause Wi-Fi and other wireless devices operating in the 2.4GHz band to have issues communicating with your Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. To avoid interference on the 2.4GHz band using Wi-Fi, try using the 5GHz band instead. If the problem still exists, please turn off WiFi and use the wired network instead.
Warranty Period: 12 months
Features
  • Supports up to 4TB 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives (HDD) / solid-state drive (SSD) (Theoretically it can work with 6TB or 8TB as well. But we do not test the X825 base with 6TB or 8TB HDD, you can have a try)
  • Ideal storage solution for Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
  • UASP is supported for Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, does not support TRIM
  • Use a shorter USB 3 connector to reduce the overall height
  • Powers the Raspberry Pi via Pi's 40-pin header
  • The Red LED indicator indicates powered status and the blue LED indicator indicates drive status
  • USB 3.1 Gen1 to SATA 6Gb/s Bridge Controller
  • Use new 4pcs test pins to power each other with raspberry pi 4, no additional wire is required
  • Quick file transfer with high-speed USB 3.1 connectivity from a PC or a Mac
  • Powers the Raspberry Pi - no additional power supply for Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
  • Power Supply through the DC Barrel:
    • Power supply: AC 100 - 240V input 50 / 60Hz, 5V DC 4A output
    • DC Power Plug Size: 5.5*2.5mm

Note: The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B board, DC power adapter, and the 2.5" SATA SSD and power supply are NOT INCLUDED in the packing list.

Check out how to power the expansion board:

Packing List

2.5" SSD BASE + 120GB SSD:

  • 1 x USB 3.0 to 2.5" SSD Expansion Base:
    • 1 x X825 V2.0 expansion board
    • 1 x USB 3.1 connector
    • 1 x mounting screws pack
  • 1 x 2.5" MakerDisk SATA III SSD 120GB

2.5" SSD BASE Only:

  • 1 x X825 V2.0 expansion board
  • 1 x USB 3.1 connector
  • 1 x mounting screws pack

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