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Craig Francis craig at
Tue Jun 25 11:43:21 BST 2019

Thanks Oliver,

I'm going to have a look at the Intel NUC machines, they're interesting.

There is one that can take a 2.5" drive (somehow 4TB exists as an option
now), and it can take a M.2 SSD as well. I'm tempted to put two disks in -
where I wonder if I can setup the HDD to contain a bootable partition as
well, so if the SSD fails, there is something to fall back on.

And I have been trying to avoid as many writes to the SD card as possible,
but daily OS updates (security reasons) might have been the issue... plus,
having 2 physical parts (that seem to be knocked around a bit), and what I
thought was a good USB power supply (which is difficult to prove remotely),
might make using the RiPi a little too unreliable.

But thanks for the article on how to make a RiPi boot using USB storage,
that will be useful elsewhere.


On Mon, 24 Jun 2019 at 17:41, Oliver Humpage <oliver at> wrote:

> We use an Odroid C2 to power our 4k monitor dashboard (although might
> switch that to a pi 4 at some point, now it can support 4k). Seems pretty
> reliable.
> The next step up is probably something like an Intel NUC, although not
> sure how many support an internal 3.5” drive.
> However…
> You’re right that SD cards are annoying. Especially if the user is prone
> to power cuts or pulling the plug out - sudden power loss tends to corrupt
> them very easily. We now netboot every pi on our network to avoid this, but
> I guess that’s less easy at client sites. However, with some caveats you
> can set the pi to boot from a USB device rather than SD:
> As for crashing, the most times we’ve seen Pis crash is when the PSU isn’t
> giving out the right voltage, or has some fault with it. Might be worth
> replacing that (and making sure you’ve definitely got the full 2.5A
> available for the Pi 3). Or if this particular one keeps crashing, it might
> just be a lemon which needs swapping out in its entirety.
> So it might be possible to carry on using the cheaper Pis - depends how
> much R&D you want to put in :)
> Oliver
> > On 24 Jun 2019, at 12:40, Craig Francis <craig at>
> wrote:
> >
> > Hi [_],
> >
> > I've been using Raspberry Pi computers as cheap backup machines for a few
> > years, but I'm finding the reliability a bit of a problem, and was
> > wondering if anyone had any thoughts on replacements?
> >
> > I'm after a cheap, small device, which would ideally hold 2 disks (1 x
> > small SSD for the OS, 1 x 3TB encrypted HDD for their data), everything
> > else can be minimal, but ideally reliable (as they are hosted in offices
> a
> > few hours drive away), and should be easy for me to instruct someone
> > non-technical to restart.
> >
> > I would prefer an Intel/AMD chipset, so I can install a more standard
> > version of Ubuntu Linux.
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