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Re:Using BerryBoot to run Astroberry from an SSD

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Thanks for the info. I just bought an Argon M.2 case and a 240 GB M.2 SSD. Trying to figure out how to get Astroberry directly on it from Windows. I'd need to get an adapter or install Raspian on the Pi 4 and then burn a copy directly to the M.2 SSD from within Raspian.
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Just download the Astroberry image file, and plug SSD into windows PC and use Balena Ethcer to burn to SSD....simples....
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Yes....it will be simples.....I just need an m.2 SSD to USB adapter. Thanks for the help.
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Ah... this is what I did... I already had a USB SSD with Astroberry installed:



In any case, you don't need an M.2 adapter, the bottom half of the argon one m.2. is the adapter, you just need a USB cable from the bottom half to your Windows machine.
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Why....
Just connect the USB port on the bottom of the Argon case to your windows PC, and flash it that way....
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Thanks guys for the info. It'll be easier than I thought. Thanks again.
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Hi all! I'm new to all this, and can use all the help I can get! Argon M.2 & RasPi4 was delivered today, and the WD Blue SSD would get delivered tomorrow.
Reading the above comments, I gather I can directly flash my SSD with Astroberry while it sits in the M.2 via usb cable to laptop. It is also recommended above that I fully upgrade the firmware of the RasPi before trying this.
My question is, can I upgrade the firmware without the SD Card? I'd like to have everything on the SSD.

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How to upgrade the firmware without the SD Card?

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You need to boot by a method that your current firmware supports in order to update to a firmware that supports a native SSD boot.
This means that you need and SD card, although you might possibly be able to Network PXE boot from a DHCP / NFS server. (The SD card is the method that would be cheapest and least technically challenging).
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Thanks for taking the time to reply! :) I was able to set it up on my SD Card. Then, moved everything to SSD using the copier. It boots and runs on SSD just fine now.

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Hi Giles - watched your v detailed and useful video with interest. I was booting from SSD successfully until i did a full apt-upgrade a couple of nights ago. Then chaos. I have been through my blkid, /etc/fstab and /boot/cmdline.txt and can see no errors. But when I boot from SSD I get a failed to find target message (after a systemctl rfkill message) then I can't proceed. No way of TTY-ing in. When I alter fstab to point to the SD card for /boot nothing happens at all.

I have quite a bit of material on the SSD which is not backed up for reasons in next para. Can I check and update the firmware on the SSD without booting from it? I can insert the SSD into a linux machine and work off the console.

Reason the SSD was not backed up is that it is larger than my SD. I have a NTFS data partition on the SSD which is not on the SD, even if I offload all the data. The RPi card copier will not image part of a device. I tried a simple dd fi /dev/sda1 fo /dev/sdb1 (and same for the /root partition) to a 32Gb USB, but this didn't appear to work - at any rate i failed to boot from the SSD afterwards.

Any advice you may have will be helpful - atm my only course of action seems to be to reinstall to the SSD from scratch using a fully updated and fw upgraded image, then install gparted to add my data partition again. However, I would be wary of dd'ing the first two partitions again - there must be a better way!

Thanks for any useful words ..

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Just wondering if you need to use BerryBoot? Astroberry runs beautifully from my SSDs copied on the RPi from the microSD card. Recent updates to the RaspberryPiOS have caused a lot of issues, and if you did a typical sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade, you will have had a lot of these changes introduced into your software. I am sticking with the recently downloaded Astroberry 2.0.4 image, copied over to my SSD, and it seems wise to stay off-line and away from any updates until the ‘mess’ is sorted!
Currently running KStars/Ekos/Indi on two Raspberry Pi 4Bs 4GByte under Raspberry Pi OS thanks to Astroberry
Two mounts, two Fracs, a Newt and a Mak and a couple of OSC cameras.
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