Relaxo143
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Migrating from an sd card to an external hard drive

Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:28 pm

Hello everyone! I just got my raspberry pi. it came with a 32GB sd card, but I ordered a 1TB hard drive because I will need lots of extra storage. The sd card will sooner or later corrupt so I want to use only the hdd for storage and boot. However, I already installed tons of software on the sd card. Is there a way to clone everything from the card to the hdd so that I dont have to reinstall everything?

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Re: Migrating from an sd card to an external hard drive

Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:47 pm

Try SD Card Copier (piclone)

Relaxo143
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Re: Migrating from an sd card to an external hard drive

Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:46 am

I know how to clone the sd. I just down know if it would work.

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Re: Migrating from an sd card to an external hard drive

Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:53 pm

Relaxo143 wrote:
Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:28 pm
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The sd card will sooner or later corrupt so I want to use only the hdd for storage and boot.
The HDD "will sooner or later corrupt" as well. No storage lasts forever.

Relaxo143 wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:46 am
I know how to clone the sd. I just down know if it would work.
Neither do we, because you gave no information.

  1. Which model Pi?
  2. Which model HDD?
  3. Which OS (version/date)?
  4. How was the OS installed?
  5. What are you using for a power supply?

If you are asking if it's possible to boot a Pi from a hard drive, then yes, it's possible to boot *some* models of Raspberry Pi computers from *some* hard drives. I've done it, and so have several others here. There are also lots of people here on the forums who have tried and failed. Unfortunately this is one of those questions where there may not be a simple answer.

With the answers to the questions above, we can at least tell you if it *might* work. USB hard drives are the most problematic devices to boot from, due to high power requirements and long spin-up/ready times.
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Relaxo143
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Re: Migrating from an sd card to an external hard drive

Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:06 am

The power will not be a problem, the os is raspbian. The hdd is 2.5 inch 1TB Seagate drive. I just want to know if there are differences in for example the file systems or something else that would make the data useless once cloned to the hard drive and how to overcome those issues, if possible.

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Re: Migrating from an sd card to an external hard drive

Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:27 am

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Slim, fast webkit browser with support for audio+video+playlists+youtube+pdf+download
Optional fullscreen kiosk mode and command interface for embedded applications
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Re: Migrating from an sd card to an external hard drive

Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:00 pm

its really simple;

step 1, clone sd to hdd
step 2, shutdown pi
step 3, remove sd card
step 4, power pi back up
step 5, enjoy your new hdd installed os

this assumes your on a pi 3 B+
on the pi 3 B you have to fist set the boot bit in the firmware.
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Relaxo143
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Re: Migrating from an sd card to an external hard drive

Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:32 pm

I have the 3 b+ so that`s great to hear! Thanks.

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