PeterO wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:24 am
I've used the automatic resize process many times without any problems.
Yup, that statement by the OP is nonsense. I've tested buster on my 3B+ with a 500GB WD Scorpio Blue HDD and an ELUTENG black adapter.
Wrote image to drive and booted Pi 3B+ with no SD card.
Automatic resize worked and rebooted system.
Ran through startup script and system updates and it rebooted again.
Tweaked some settings with the Raspbian configuration utility and rebooted again.
Everything worked fine (as expected).
I can understand wanting a custom partition configuration, but claiming that the default system doesn't work on "real" hard disks is wrong. If the OP did have problems it wasn't with Raspbian or the resize script. It was likely power, slow spin-up or an incompatible USB adapter (which are well known problems that have nothing to do with the resize script). It even works on other models with a bootcode.bin-only SD card.
The rest of the OP's procedure seems unnecessarily complicated with no good reasoning behind it. The whole post really makes no sense to me with statements such as,
With my applications, I don't like to have the whole disk automatically being resized anyway. This procedure is fine for normal size SD cards (say up to 64GB), but for larger sizes, no longer.
That may be applicable if you're running the RPi as a desktop, but even so, I don't think that's a good practice anymore.
Again, why? If you're going to ask others to perform a complex procedure, some good reasoning behind it is needed.
And then there's this little gem,
From the earlier days onward, I have segmented my application data files on another device, to reduce the wear and tear of the SD card. It makes sense to me to update the OS by re-flashing a card, but please leave my precious data alone. Remember a re-flash of the OS means a re-flash of the whole card/drive.
If you're booting from an SD card, then why make a bootable USB HDD?
, but I really don't understand why you think all this extra complexity is necessary, and your post is confusing. Are you booting from a card and putting your data on HDD, because it seems like you are booting from the HDD, in which case re-imaging is going to wipe everything anyway.
My mind is like a browser. 27 tabs are open, 9 aren't responding,
lots of pop-ups...and where is that annoying music coming from?