vikozo
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RaPi 4b boot from SSD (no SD Card)

Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:38 am

hello
on some Forum post there should be in the future (now?) to be possible to boot a Pi4 from the SSD Card.
Is it true, or i still will have to start with a SD Card and change something and later boot from SSD?

have a nice day
vinc

RonR
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Re: RaPi 4b boot from SSD (no SD Card)

Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:59 am

Booting from an SSD on a Raspberry Pi 4B is very straightforward.

1. Ensure you have the latest RaspiOS updates (sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade)

2. Ensure you have the latest bootloader and VL805 (USB) EEPROM updates (see: Raspberry Pi EEPROM Manager)

3. Write RaspiOS to your SSD using Etcher, or move an SD card installation to the SSD (see: usb-boot)

vikozo
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Re: RaPi 4b boot from SSD (no SD Card)

Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:16 am

thanks for your feedback, but no it is not working like this.
i have the option to select to boot from USB, i have a new created SSD Disk like the SD Card
but still it won't but, if i do remove the sd card

RonR
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Re: RaPi 4b boot from SSD (no SD Card)

Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:45 am

Please confirm that running 'rpi-eeprom-update' yields the following:

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BCM2711 detected
Dedicated VL805 EEPROM detected
BOOTLOADER: up-to-date
CURRENT: Thu  3 Sep 12:11:43 UTC 2020 (1599135103)
 LATEST: Thu  3 Sep 12:11:43 UTC 2020 (1599135103)
 FW DIR: /lib/firmware/raspberrypi/bootloader/critical
VL805: up-to-date
CURRENT: 000138a1
 LATEST: 000138a1

Please confirm that running 'vcgencmd bootloader_config' yields the following:

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[all]
BOOT_UART=0
WAKE_ON_GPIO=1
POWER_OFF_ON_HALT=0
DHCP_TIMEOUT=45000
DHCP_REQ_TIMEOUT=4000
TFTP_FILE_TIMEOUT=30000
ENABLE_SELF_UPDATE=1
DISABLE_HDMI=0
BOOT_ORDER=0xf41

Please confirm that you have used Etcher to write 2020-08-20-raspios-buster-armhf.img to the SSD.

If the answer is yes to all of these, then your Raspberry Pi 4B should boot the SSD with no SD card inserted. If it does not, please post what is displayed on the monitor (a photo of the screen when it stops would be helpful).

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