Jan-Lukas Else

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An SSD for the Pi

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So far I have been running my Raspberry Pi with an SD card. But since I don’t quite trust SD cards (I’ve heard that they wear out quickly when a lot is written to them), I’ve now equipped the Pi with an SSD.

I still had the 2.5-inch SATA SSD left over from my desktop computer, which I recently upgraded to a faster NVMe. First, I ordered a power supply that delivers 3.5 instead of 3 amps, and second, an adapter sleeve to connect the SSD to the Pi via USB.

First I tried to clone the SD card to the SSD, only to find that Ubuntu 20.04 still won’t boot from USB without problems. After updating the firmware and firmware settings again using the Raspberry Pi Imager, I played Ubuntu Server 21.04 directly onto the SSD. With that, the boot went smoothly.

The SSD now allows me to enable logging in AdGuard Home with a clear conscience and possibly install Home Assistant and a few smart thermostats in the apartment soon (so far I don’t have a smart home at all). But for that I need to learn more about the wireless standards (Z-Wave and ZigBee) and Home Assistant itself.


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