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Berryboot and partitions

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:02 am
by kartable
Hi to all,

I have ordered a brand new Pi 3B+ and I am preparing a HDD with several partitions. One of them should include Berrybbot so that I can use more than one OS. Then I will not boot from any SSD but directly from the HDD.

I understand that Berryboot will need formatting and I have already prepared this step with one clean ext4 partition. Wether Berryboot will offer to use this partition ? I hope at least it will not repartition the whole disk where I have stored some data.

Alternatively, I will use a SSD without the HDD, but that's another question. I will eventually boot from the SDD with just raspbian. Wether it makes a difference if I start with my installation with Berryboot first or with this SSD? I heard about something happening on the very first boot with the PI but I am not sure of what it is.

Re: Berryboot and partitions

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:31 pm
by kartable
It seems that Berryboot is not happy. It claims that it there is no partition to mount.

At least this is what I understand from a truncated screen:
"... finding or mounting boot partition :-( "

I have tested with and without the HDD connected on one of the USB outputs. It doesn't make any difference in the message, but I can hear there is an access to the HDD (good sign? It sounds like a beep).

Berryboot is on a USB flash drive apart from the HDD. I thought it would offer at least the opportunity to use the flash drive.

So what? The flash drive is too small? Too many partitions on my HDD? I have NTFS, FAT32 and EXT4, so there is a choice...

(I tested my Pi arrived yesterday with Raspbian on a SSD and everything was fine)

Re: Berryboot and partitions

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:13 am
by bobmcswain
Did you find a solution? I'm trying to boot off a thumbdrive with Berryboot copied to it. RPi4 see it (flashing td light) but cannot find a boot partition.

Berryboot works great booting off microsd with the OS repository on thumbdrirve. I want it all on USB-3 connected drive(td or ssd)


Re: Berryboot and partitions

Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:36 am
by kartable
Hello Bob,

I've tried lately with a brand new 64Go flash drive, but Berryboot won't install. Same problem, it doesn't find a boot partition... where it's supposed to create the partitions.

I have been playing with Raspbian and various softwares lately. Now it's time to come back to my idea of having a multiboot solution with all I need on just one flash drive. I will try PINN. Did you hear about it ?

You can easily select and resize your partitions here:

Have a nice day!


PS: I had no idea but it takes hours to download Raspbian through PINN, over 10 hours with a basic Wifi connection!

Re: Berryboot and partitions

Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:16 pm
by ST4R
Hi guys,

As I know raspberry pi will boot only from SD Card, so in order to use berryboot you should copy its files to sd card.

However, at the time of os installation you can choose other drives.

Re: Berryboot and partitions

Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:23 pm
by mahjongg
ST4R wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:16 pm
Hi guys,

As I know raspberry pi will boot only from SD Card, so in order to use berryboot you should copy its files to sd card.
Not sure if this is true anymore for a RPI4, but I might be misinformed.

Also, don't use a 64GB card with NOOBS or BERRYBOOT, it will be formatted as ExFAT, and RPI's only boot from FAT32. Its possible to circumvent this by re-formatting the card with FAT32, but its much easier to use a smaller SD-card.