PS60563
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Where to install OS

Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:11 am

Hello,
I get a choice for destination drives to load the OS Raspbian. I can load on microSD card, which doesn't have 8 GB, therefore not enough memory, or I can load on a large storage drive that I have attached to Raspberry Pi 3. Is it OK to load OS onto this hard drive. It seems everything I have read has the OS placed on the SD card making me think I need a new, larger SD card.
TIA Don

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Re: Where to install OS

Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:07 am

PS60563 wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:11 am
Hello,
I get a choice for destination drives to load the OS Raspbian. I can load on microSD card, which doesn't have 8 GB, therefore not enough memory, or I can load on a large storage drive that I have attached to Raspberry Pi 3. Is it OK to load OS onto this hard drive. It seems everything I have read has the OS placed on the SD card making me think I need a new, larger SD card.
TIA Don

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Gavinmc42
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Re: Where to install OS

Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:21 am

Or go get a Sandisk 16GB A1 card. These are the best value at the moment.
Since the uSd card is the weakest link in the Pi infrastructure, make sure you have a few spares.

But it does not matter what size card you get, it will never be big enough.
That law goes back to Hard Disk Drives?

If you want to use an external Hard drive you can do this too.
I noticed my 3's take a bit longer to boot from USB.

You only really get a benefit in speed on the Pi4 USB3.0.
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Re: Where to install OS

Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:22 am

Gavinmc42 wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:21 am
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But it does not matter what size card you get, it will never be big enough.
That law goes back to Hard Disk Drives?
...
Nope - I remember having to buy more mag tape (3480 / 3490) and move to 6250 reel tapes as we could not fit data on.

At college the tutor had to buy larger punch tape carry cases as we expand the OS and it would not fit in the box
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Re: Where to install OS

Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:29 am

Andyroo wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:22 am
I remember having to buy more mag tape (3480 / 3490) and move to 6250 reel tapes as we could not fit data on.
Never had to worry about that. I got a load of DLT-IV tapes for free as well as some drives and robots to use them. No use now as they only store 35GB per tape uncompressed with my remaining autochanger holding 8 tapes. It takes 2 hours to write a full tape.

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