I've got a lovely media center that's based around a Rasberry PI 3B+ now, well it was using a 3B until I upgraded. However, I've suspected that there's been a problem for a while and I've now confirmed it.
My PI was installed in a MediaPi case. Plugged into the PI was a wireless keyboard dongle. There's also a WD Passport drive (4TB) which was running from one of the USB sockets. Actually, the MediaPi case has it's own USB sockets, so I was connecting to that instead of directly to the PI.
However. When running this setup with my Pi 3B I'd get the lightning bolt quite a lot. Normally it wasn't really an issue. However, over time, I had a problem that the OSMC install would get corrupted. After upgrading to the 3B+ It's now struggling to play films. Actually, it appears that the Hard drive is shutting down.
So, as an experiment, I decided to try running the PI and the HDD from a powered USB Hub. Low and behold all the problems went away. It's an Anker 10 port USB Hub that I'm using, 3 ports are dedicated to charging, the rest are USB 3 ports.
The hard drive ran stable, the PI ran without a lightning bolt showing up for long.
This has me thinking that I want to get the PI and hard drive out of the Media PI case and put it into it's own enclosure, with a good power supply.
What I'd like to do is build a custom box for the PI to live in.
The key points are as follows....
1. Must house, both the PI and the Passport drive, so that I can leave them both plugged in together all the time. (I copy files onto it via the wired network)
2. I must be able to run the box from either 12V DC, or Mains.
3. I want to add active cooling to the BOX, have a 90mm fan that I think would be great.
The PI itself will be running OSMC, and RetroPie. Actually, it already is as I have that setup and running lovely.
Before I go crazy and design a case, does anyone know of any that will help to make my life alot easier with this project?