(2013-01-20 20:34)Dilligaf Wrote: The thing about usb flash drives is some are even slower then sd cards and some are considerably faster so you need to get a fast one. I have found that usb3 flash drives even in usb2 ports are among the fastest.
i can;t comment on this, but from what i've read, it's not just the published "speed" that's the issue.. It's the way the SD cards are designed to have data written to and read from them.. USB flash drives are much better at handling random access rather than the SD cards..
Atleast that's what i gleaned from it.. i can't remember the exact place i read it though.
There is a long discussion on it here, and my instructions are below :
Installing OpenElec for Raspberry Pi on an SD Card + USB Stick in Windows
1) Format both the SD Card and USB Drive to Fat32.
2) Apply the OpenElec IMG file to the USB stick using your prefered method.
3) Access the USB Stick (you will only be able to see a small partition in windows)
4) Copy everything from that partition to the root of the SD card.
5) On the SD card, edit cmdline.txt
6) Change :
boot=/dev/mmcblk01p1 disk=/dev/mmcblk0p2 ssh quiet
boot=/dev/sda1 disk=/dev/sda2 ssh quiet
7) Whack them both in the PI (USB Port doesn't matter)
Job done. (You can delete the stuff off the USB drive at this point if you want.. it's not needed.. Only the stuff you copied... if you are on a Linux system you may be able to see the EXT4 partition... DONT DELETE ANYTHING OFF THIS!)
(2013-01-20 19:28)Ned Scott Wrote: So a good idea to add recommending a USB drive for install to the FAQ. Any ideas on how to word this or where to put it? I was thinking near the "performance" issues part, but maybe have it higher up in the general FAQ section, but link to that section in the Performance part.
I'm not sure on the best place for it to go, but it might be best under Performance as you said.. I guess if you have the 512mb model or a fast enough SD card, this isn't needed... But it does have the added benefit of being able to run in turbo mode and your XBMC install be safe from corruption on the USB stick.