Booting TonidoPlug using USB Drive

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Re: Booting TonidoPlug using USB Drive

Postby michelk » Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:48 am

I can only add to this thread that most USB drive won't boot w the w/lamp stack... I have posted my experience om a different thread. It's nothing to do with permissions (I had that solved long time ago on the one and only one drive working) but with spin-up latency.

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Re: Booting TonidoPlug using USB Drive

Postby Rusty » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:59 pm

My Linux knowledge is limited (to the time i've owned a Plug!). I've read the talk of booting from USB as leaving the flash memory "as a backup". I'd like the flexibility of a USB HDD boot, as I'd like to install a different DLNA app to talk to my Sony BDP-S570; uShare streams nothing! (That's a whole other question in itself; which DLNA app to talk to Sony BDPs?!)

Say I do setup USB HDD booting; if I decide I want to boot from the internal flash again as the norm, how would I tell the Plug to stop booting off of USB HDD?

Can I make the primary partition on the USB HDD unbootable by setting it to 'not active'?

Will the BIOS always boot from USB if the USB device is capable?

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Re: Booting TonidoPlug using USB Drive

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Re: Booting TonidoPlug using USB Drive

Postby DonnieP » Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:56 am

Well, apparently I just wasted $100 on Tonido. My pre-existing 2TB Western Digital powered USB drive: I've tried every possible combination of rebooting, unplugging, you name it all evening and never got it to boot to USB. Otherwise when it boots to NAND it mounts all partitions fine and they are usable for anything but booting. Suggestion: Tonido, you are going to have to provide the necessary tools for people to adjust their uBoot environment to boot to USB regardless of how long a drive takes to get ready. Very frustrating for an experienced Linux user.

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Re: Booting TonidoPlug using USB Drive

Postby agrajag » Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:23 am

You should check, if your HDD has a MBR based partitiontable or an GPT based one (or MBR+GPT mixed up) tonido boots only from MBR based partition tables and only if the systemfiles are on the 1st partition (if you've more than one). since you've only 2TB there will be now problem with an MBR based partition.

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Re: Booting TonidoPlug using USB Drive

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Re: Booting TonidoPlug using USB Drive

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Re: Booting TonidoPlug using USB Drive

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Re: Booting TonidoPlug using USB Drive

Postby agrajag » Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:51 pm

Hmm, okay looks like a regular good ol' MBR Partition-Table.
I think you've copied over the Systemfiles to the 1st partition?
You can see the Steps here: viewtopic.php?f=32&t=2217
(only the 1st part)

Other ideas:
Is the disk plugged directly to the Plug or through a USB Hub?
Is the disk USB-Powered?

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Re: Booting TonidoPlug using USB Drive

Postby DonnieP » Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:29 pm

Yes, I copied system files over to /dev/sda1 following the procedure in the manual, but I will try the method you reference using the flash image instead. The usb drive has its own power and is plugged directly into the tonidoplug, no hub.


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