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X880 Interface
X880 Packing List
X880 PCB Layout
X880 RAID INSTRUCTION
X880 A1 A2 Packing List
X880 A1 screw holes
X880 A2 screw holes
X880-A1-A2
X880+X880 A1 A2
X880-C1+X880+X880-A1-A2
X880-C1+X880+X880-A3

Overview

This X880 USB 3 to dual SATA Gen3 ports shield makes it easy to add high-capacity, high-performance external data storage to your Raspberry Pi 4.The dual SATA shield supports two 2.5" or 3.5" SATA hard drives with ultra-fast data transfer speeds and configurable RAID modes. This dual SATA shield delivers fast file transfer rates up to 5Gbps with USB 3.1 Gen 1 performance. It supports SATA I, II and III and is enhanced with UASP to maximize the performance and speed of your SATA III drives. The dual SATA shield provides an effective solution for Raspberry Pi 4 to store, access, back up, and protect important files.

NOTE:

  1. We do not recommend using Samsung hard drives,Please use hard drives of other brands.
  2. Not supported for use with the X735 Power Management Board or X708/X728 UPS board.

About creating an X880 NAS:

Plan 1

  • Raspberry Pi 4 Model B x1
  • 2.5 or 3.5 HDD x2
  • X880 V1.1 Dual SATA Gen3 HDD Shield x1
  • X880-A1 A2 Board x1
  • X880-C1 Metal Case x1

Plan 2

  • Raspberry Pi 4 Model B x1
  • 2.5 or 3.5 HDD x2
  • X880 V1.1 Dual SATA Gen3 HDD Shield x1
  • X880-A3 Acrylic Plate x2
  • SATA 7+15pin male to female HDD Power Extension Cable x2
  • X880-C1 Metal Case x1

Please note: x880 is a hardware RAID. It supports RAID at the hardware level and does not require any software configuration. This has nothing to do with software, even if OMV does not support RAID settings;


Important!!

For better system compatibility & performance, Please format your HDD/SSD to Ext4 file system.

Features

  • Ideal storage solution for Raspberry Pi 4 - Dual SATA Gen3 ports Shield
  • Create high performance storage with a dual SATA HDD RAID array through USB 3.1 (5Gbps)
  • Supports Standard Desktop 2.5"/3.5" SATA Hard Drives or SSD
  • Supports SATA I, II and III and is enhanced with UASP to maximize the performance and speed of your SATA III drives
  • Supports Transfer Speeds up to 5Gbps (USB 3.0),480Mbps (USB 2.0), 12Mbps (USB 1.1)
  • Supports hardware JBOD, RAID0(striping), RAID1(mirror), Normal mode
  • Supports mode select via jumper setting
  • Plug-and-play, no drivers needed
  • Powers the Raspberry Pi 4 via test pins - Only one PSU required
  • Specially-made USB3.1 jumper to connect with RaspberryPi - no additional cables needed
  • LED blue indicator indicates each drive status
  • Mounting holes and standoffs provide mechanicalstability of the RaspberryPi and X880 assembly
  • Heat dissipation solution:We recommend use embedded radiator P165-A or P165-B
  • Supports installation of X880-A1 A2 2.5 "/ 3.5" SATA SSD/HDD Shield

Raid Setting

[About Raid]

RAID-instruction.jpg

RAID setup and Jumper setting

Warning : Please backup your data before setup and switch, otherwise you maybe lost your data.

1. Install the HDDs

2. Please connect the X880 to your PC or Raspberry Pi board and keep power on

3. Switch RAID mode

  • Set the switch button to your preferred RAID mode(PM/RAID 0/RAID 1/SPAN) as per the RAID illustration table.
  • Press the SET button for about 5 seconds, and release it till the blue LED indicators starts flashing.
  • After RAID mode changed, please confirm that the PC can recognize the disk(s) properly and shows the right capacity.

or you can run the fdisk -l command to view the hard drive on raspberry pi OS when you connect x880 to raspberry pi board:

fdisk -l

You can found two hard drives if you select 'clear raid mode'(this is PM model)

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ fdisk -l
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram0: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram1: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram2: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram3: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram4: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram5: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram6: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram7: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram8: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram9: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram10: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram11: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram12: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram13: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram14: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram15: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/mmcblk0: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/sda: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/sdb: Permission denied

or

You found only one hard drive if you select the RAID0/RAID1/SPAN model

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ fdisk -l
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram0: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram1: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram2: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram3: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram4: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram5: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram6: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram7: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram8: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram9: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram10: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram11: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram12: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram13: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram14: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/ram15: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/mmcblk0: Permission denied
fdisk: cannot open /dev/sda: Permission denied

4. Set CLEAR RAID mode (PM, factory default setup)

  • Press the SET button for about 5 seconds then and release it till blue LED indicators starts flashing.
  • After above processes, the setup for CLEAR RAID is done.

[NOTE]

Once you set the RAID mode successfully, you need to partition&format&mount the hdd/ssd, so that it can be recognized by your Raspberry Pi OS. please refer to How to View/Partition/Format/Mount HDD/SSD

How to Power

  • Power supply: 12Vdc +/-5% , ≥3A, via DC 12V IN Port of X880
  • Ports & Connectors: DC jack - 5.5x2.1mm

Important Note: Please use high quality power adapter that with inner protection with X880, the low quality PSU may damage the X880 board and not recognized the HDD/SSD.

Packing List

X880:

  • 1 x X880 V1.1 Dual SATA Gen3 HDD Shield
  • 1 x USB connector
  • 2 x Jumper link Pitch 2.54mm
  • 6 x M2.5 *4mm Screws
  • 2 x M2.5 *8+3mm Spacers
  • 2 x M2.5 *8mm Spacers

X880 A1 A2:

  • 1 x X880-A1 2.5 "/ 3.5" SATA SSD/HDD Shield
  • 1 x X880-A2 2.5 "/ 3.5" SATA SSD/HDD Shield
  • 2 x SATA 7+15pin male to female HDD power extension cable(20.5cm and 15.0cm)
  • 4 x M2.5 *10mm Screws
  • 12 x M3 *6mm Screws
  • 4 x M3 *18+6mm Spacers
  • 4 x M3 *18mm Spacers

X880-A1-A2

The X880-A1 and X880-A2 are two pcs PCB boards with positioning holes that use to hold the 2.5" or 3.5" HDD/SSDs to use with X880 board togehter. Also include 2pcs SATA 7+15pin Male to Female Cables.

Matching Metal Case

X880-C1

Please refer to X880-C1. The X880-C1 is released on March 2022.

X880-A3

X880-A3 is the acrylic plates with 2mm thickness that use with X880-C1 metal case to hold the HDD/SSDs. It has the same function as X880-A1-A2, can replace the X880-A1-A2. But you will need 2pcs SATA 7+15pin Male to Female Cables.

X880-A3-01.jpg X880-A3-02.jpg

User Manual

Installation Video

For Raspberry Pi4+X880+X880-A3+X880-C1:

https://youtu.be/LR-8xSe6670


For Raspberry Pi4+X880+X880-A1-A2+X880-C1:

https://youtu.be/RvBILJGetJ4

For Raspberry Pi4+X880+X880-A1-A2: https://youtu.be/lXWw8xZpADk

FAQ

Q1: What to do if HDD/SSD is not recognized?

A: Please refer to How to View/Partition/Format/Mount HDD/SSD

Q2: Does the X880 work on Raspberry Pi 3 B+/3B?

A: Sorry, the X880 does not support Raspberry Pi 3 B+/3B.

Q3: Does the X880 support to use with UPS HAT?

A: No, the X880 does not support to use with UPS HAT.

Q4: What to do if HDD/SSD is not recognized?

A: Please refer to How to View/Partition/Format/Mount HDD/SSD

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Anonymous user #26

2 days ago
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Hi, I've a problem connecting a 3,5 disk of 8TB Toshiba N300 NAS, the X880 blue led flashes but not boot the raspberry pi I only see this error in screen: EXT4-fs error (device sda2): __ext4_find_entry:1614: inode #1426: comm systemd-udevd: reading directory lblock 0

I have other 480GB SSD connected and this works properly I only have problem with the other.

Any idea why it doesn't boot with that drive?

Lisa

2 days ago
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Hello,

Did you test with only one hard drive(3,5 disk of 8TB Toshiba N300 NAS) connected? What power supply are you using?

Anonymous user #27

one day 10 hours 57 minutes ago
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I have connected two disks, first one a 2,5 480GB SSD in which I've installed Raspberry Pi OS Lite (32-bit) and second one 3,5 disk of 8TB Toshiba N300 NAS, I'm supplying a power of DC 12v 5A charger. If only connect the first one boots okay, the problem comes when I connect both disks, the Pi doesn't works not boot. I was thinking if is there a limitation on the size of the disk? I'm using a CLEAR RAID. Any suggestion?

Lisa

one day 8 hours 30 minutes ago
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Please use the same type of hard drive,HDD+HDD or SSD+SSD; an error will be reported when using SSD+HDD. If only 3.5inch disk of 8TB Toshiba is connected, do not connect other hard drives, can it boot normally?

PS:It is recommended to use an SD card to install the system.

Anonymous user #25

one month ago
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1) Are 2 HDD/SSD required or can I connect only 1 HDD/SSD?

2) will your recommended PSU support 2x10TB HDD?

Lisa

one month ago
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Hi,

1)you can use only 1HDD. 2)you can buy a 12V 5A PSU fromeGeekworm store:[[1]]

Anonymous user #24

3 months ago
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Why are Samsung drives not recommended, what is the reason behind it and what is someone to do if they only have Samsung drives?

Lisa

3 months ago
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Hello,

Not recommend to use SAMSUNG SSD, as there will be EMC interference.But it may vary from individual to individual, if you only have Samsung hard drives, you can test it.

Anonymous user #23

3 months ago
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Does the X880 work with Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W

Lisa

3 months ago
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Hi,

X880 board not support Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W

Anonymous user #22

3 months ago
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Is it possible to add additional FAN into X880-C1+X880+X880-A1-A2 on the right side of X880-C1 for HDD? Is there any additional FAN connector for this?

Lisa

3 months ago
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Hello,

We did not reserve fan mounting holes on the side, but you can DIY install a fan, the fan cable can be connected to the 5V out of the X880 board.

Anonymous user #21

4 months ago
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x880 automatically puts disks to sleep when idle? I have a problem because NAS HDD drives park the head every 5 minutes. When connected directly to the raspberry pi via USB, they work without falling asleep.

Lisa

4 months ago
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Hi,

It will go to sleep when there is no data to read or write, which can greatly protect the HDD.

Anonymous user #21

4 months ago
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NAS disks do not like being turned on and off. This works to the detriment of NAS disks and significantly shortens the performance. NAS drives are designed to work 24/7. I found a solution to this problem - it should be added to CRON

  • / 4 * * * * root hdparm -C / dev / sdX
There was no information about it when buying - in this case, I would not buy the X880

Lisa

4 months ago
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The x880 defaults to 5 minutes of standby, but you can change that. If you need help, please contact us [support@geekworm.com].

Harry

4 months ago
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Hi,

We don't really recommend you to do this, because it will shorten the life of the hard drive. If you still insist, you can cancel the 5-minute hibernation by upgrading the firmware, please contact email: felix@suptronics.com

Anonymous user #20

6 months ago
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I just purchased this item, is there a PWM cooling solution such as the X735 that is compatible with this?

Lisa

6 months ago
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Hi

Sorry,there are currently no power management boards or PWM fan that support x880.

Anonymous user #19

6 months ago
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What are the power ratings for 12V OUT and 5V OUT ports?

Lisa

6 months ago
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Hi,

12V OUT -- depends on the power supply you use; 5V OUT -- total output is 5A (shared with motherboard and HDD)

Anonymous user #18

7 months ago
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Hello Geekworm, If I'm running RAID-1 and I replace one of the drives. How do I know when the RAID rebuilding is completed? Do I need to wait until the rebuilding is completed before writing?

Thank You

Lisa

7 months ago
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Hello,

If you replace the hard drive, please reset the RAID.

Anonymous user #18

7 months ago
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Hello Lisa, This is a comment on your answer to "Anonymous user #18"s question. So, the one good drive isn't mirroring back to the drive which replace the failed one within the RAID controller? This is the premise of RAID-1, replacing failed drives without loosing any data. What good is RAID-1 if the failed drive can't be replaced without resetting the RAID?

Thank You

Lisa

7 months ago
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Hi,

X880 board only provides hardware support. RAID-1 mode is to write double data. When replacing a failed hard disk, please back up the data of the other HDD. And you need to reset RAID-1 , but the recovery of data depends on your software operation. So please back up the data on the HDD.

Anonymous user #15

7 months ago
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How is the procedure to replace a failing drive? To turn off the X880 and replace the bad driver?

Lisa

7 months ago
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Hello,

Yes,please turn off the x880 before replacing the driver.

Anonymous user #17

8 months ago
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Hello,

how does the board indicate that a hard drive is broken? by the changing color led or in what some other way? thank you!

Lisa

8 months ago
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Hello,If the HDD indicator does not light up or the HDD cannot be recognized, it may be a hard disk failure and you can test the hard disk separately.

Anonymous user #16

8 months ago
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Hi!

I´ve two 3TB 3.5" HDD and I don´t want RAID. I want bothh separately. How can I do that?

Lisa

7 months ago
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Hi,you can use PM mode directly, no need to set RAID mode

Anonymous user #15

8 months ago
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How is the process of replacing a broken driver under RAID 1 mode? Does it support hot-swapping?

Lisa

8 months ago
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Hi,It does not support hot-swapping.

Anonymous user #15

8 months ago
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Is the Raspberry required for it to work? Or can the X880 board be used standalone and be connected to other computers through USB 3.0?

Lisa

8 months ago
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Hi,YES, the X880 board be used standalone

Anonymous user #14

9 months ago
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Is it possible to have two 3.5 inch hdd?

Lisa

9 months ago
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Hi,x880 can support two 3.5 inch SATA HDD

Anonymous user #13

9 months ago
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Where can I purchase the X880-A1 and X880-A2 boards? I bought the X880 on Ali Express, but I cannot find these accessories for mounting the drives.

Lisa

9 months ago
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Hi,X880-A1 / A2 is out in stock. and we are not sure about its delivery date yet.

Anonymous user #12

9 months ago
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Any chance of developing enclosure for X880 in 2021?

Lisa

9 months ago
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Hello,We are also considering designing a case for x880, but we are not sure about the time.

Anonymous user #11

10 months ago
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Did anyone designed some 3d case plans for this that could share?

Anonymous user #10

12 months ago
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Bonjour,

peut on booter le RPI4, sur les disques SSD ?

Lisa

11 months ago
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Hello,Yes, it can be started from ssd ;please refer to:X825 FAQ

Anonymous user #8

12 months ago
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Q: Can two X880s (one per USB 3.0 port) be used to add four total drives to a single Raspberry Pi?

Anonymous user #9

12 months ago
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Hi, x880 not support that

Anonymous user #7

13 months ago
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Hi, My I Know XH 2.54 12 V & 5 V output how many A?

Lisa

13 months ago
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Hi, 5 V output : MAX 5.5A ; 12v output: depend on the power supply .

Anonymous user #6

13 months ago
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Hi, you could put 2 hdd of 2.5 vertically directly on the plate, Thanks

Lisa

13 months ago
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Hi, No, you need to use SATA 7+15pin male to female HDD power extension cable

Anonymous user #4

13 months ago
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Hi Is the limit of 10 TB absolute, or is it theoretically possible to use larger disks, such as 16 or 18 TB?

Lisa

13 months ago
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Hi,The SSD capacity is no limit, but to avoid insufficient power supply, you need to provide better power.

Anonymous user #5

13 months ago
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Hi, I have a problem with my 4TB hard drive which doesn't work when connected to the board. Do any of you know solution to my problem?

Lisa

13 months ago
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Hi,Do you set the RAID setup and Jumper?would you please tell us more information so that we can better understand the problem. please email us, you will get faster help. Thanks!support@geekworm.com

Anonymous user #4

13 months ago
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I am also interested in a case for the X880 A1 A2, I currently have plans to use it as a NAS, possibly also as a mail server.

Lisa

13 months ago
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Hi,Thanks for your feedback, we will consider it.Please follow our website. Best regards

Anonymous user #3

13 months ago
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Will there eventually become a case available for the X880? I think you are doing a great job at making beautiful cases so I really hope that there will be one for this product as well. Even if it's just a 3D model dat would be awesome.

Keep up the good work!

Lisa

13 months ago
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Hello,Thanks for your support, we are also considering and collecting more users' needs, whether to make a shell for x880. But it is still unknown. If it is possible, we will publish it on the wiki immediately.

Best regards

Anonymous user #2

13 months ago
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when i restart my raspberrypi,the x880 blue LED switched off,and the system cannot recognize the HDDs, reboot or reconnection the power are both not working,what happened

Lisa

13 months ago
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Hello,Please test according to【About Raid setup】. If the problem is still not resolved, please tell us your order number and email us.

Anonymous user #1

15 months ago
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Does it work on Pi 3 B+?

Cindy

15 months ago
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Hi, sorry, the X880 does not work on Pi 3B+/3B.