Note: This kit includes USB3.0 2.5" SATA Shield and Phidisk PhantomKnight 240GB 2.5" SATA III SSD - Preloaded with Raspberry Pi OS
Now, Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is USB Bootable
Yes, you can boot up the Raspberry Pi OS, RetroPie, Ubuntu, or any USB bootable Raspberry Pi Compatible OS through USB 3.0 from SSD storage. Booting the Operating System from SSD offer faster booting and response time, and SSD also offers a better storage controller.
Combining with the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, it can be your NAS (Network Attached Storage), Media Server, or simple local cloud server in your home. We have tested the performance of Phidisk PhantomKnight (120GB) using Raspberry Pi Diagnostics:
- Sequential write speed 297890 KB/sec (target 10000) - PASS, nearly 30 times faster than the target
- Random write speed 14948 IOPS (target 500) - PASS, nearly 30 times faster than the target
- Random read speed 13149 IOPS (target 1500) - PASS, nearly 9 times faster than the target
If we compared with 128GB microSD (Phidisk):
- Raspberry Pi Diagnosis result depends on many factors (New memory or used memory, interface, SATA interface, USB interface, USB cable, etc). It should be taken as a reference only.
- The 2.5" SSD SATA III drive is PRE-LOADED with the Raspberry Pi OS, so you can use it with Raspberry Pi 4 Model B and the USB3.0 SATA Shield right out of the box (if the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is ready with USB boot).
The USB 3.0 to 2.5-inch SATA expansion board provides a complete storage solution for the newest Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, it supports up to 4TB 2.5-inch SATA solid-state drive (SSD).
- A microSD card is required to configure the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B board to boot from USB as its "root" partition if the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is not updated/upgraded to boot from USB yet.
- USB 3.0 devices might generate radio frequency interference that can cause Wi-Fi and other wireless devices operating in the 2.4GHz band to have issues communicating with your Raspberry Pi 4 Model B. To avoid interference on the 2.4GHz band using Wi-Fi, try using the 5GHz band instead. If the problem still exists, please turn off WiFi and use the wired network instead.
- WARNING: DO NOT power your Raspberry Pi via the Pi's 40-pin header and type-C socket at the same time.
- There are two ways to power up the setup. You can use the standard USB-C power adapter to power the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, together with the shield and the 2.5" SATA SSD.
Is Your Raspberry Pi 4 Model B USB Bootable?
Method 1: If the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the latest version, it is USB Boot Ready :) So just assemble everything and power it up :)
Method 2: Configure the EEPROM from Raspberry Pi OS desktop with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, going into the raspi_config. For example, please follow instruction by leepspvideo:
After the Raspberry Pi Imager loaded the EEPROM firmware into the microSD card, insert it into your Raspberry Pi 4 Model B microSD card slot and power it up. After just 3 seconds, the EEPROM is updated with new firmware and it is ready for USB boot.
Features and specifications:
- Bundles of SSD boot through USB 3.0 for Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
- Comes with:
- A 240GB 2.5" SATA III SSD
- A USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA Shield for Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
- USB3.0 SATA Shield for Raspberry Pi 4:
- Supports up to 4TB 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives (HDD) / solid-state drive (SSD) (Theoretically it can work with 6TB or 8TB as well. But actually we do not test the X825 board with 6TB or 8TB HDD, you can have a try)
- Ideal storage solution for Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
- On-board push button to control power on /off (Press-ON, Hold the button pressed at least 2s -OFF)
- The Red LED indicator indicates powered status and the blue LED indicator indicates drive status
- USB 3.1 Gen1 to SATA 6Gb/s Bridge Controller
- Quick file transfer with high-speed USB 3.1 connectivity from a PC or a Mac
- It can be powered through:
- Raspberry Pi 4 Model B via the USB 3.0 bridge
- Onboard DC Barrel: 5.5*2.5mm, with a separate 5V 4A power adapter.
- Phidisk PhantomKnightII 240GB 2.5" SATA III SSD:
- Pre-loaded with Raspberry Pi OS
- Low power consumption
- High level of ability to endure shock, vibration, and high temperature.
- Form factor: 2.5" SATA Solid State Drive
- Host Interface: SATA III
- Capacity: 240GB
- Read: Up to 530MB/s
- Write: Up to 430MB/s
- Shock: 500G/2ms
- Operation temperature: 0°C-70°C
Check out this video to assemble the USB3.0 shield and 2.5" SSD to Raspberry Pi.
Note: The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B board, metal case (cooling fan too), power management board, and DC power adapter are NOT INCLUDED in the packing list. You can get those items separately here:
- Raspberry Pi 4 Model B:
- Metal case with power switch and cooling fan for USB 3.0 to SSD expansion board
- Raspberry Pi X708 Power Management and UPS HAT
- 2 x 3.7V Li-ion 2000mAh 18650 Rechargeable Battery
- Power Adapter:
Check out how to install the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B board, 2.5" SSD/HDD Drive.
Note: This bundle DOES NOT come with Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, Power management board, 18650 Li-ion batteries, and power adapter.
- 1 x USB3.0 to SSD expansion board
- 1 x USB 3.1 connector
- 1 x 2-pin power connection wire (cable: 12cm/4.72inch)
- 1 x mounting screws pack
- 1 x Phidisk PhantomKnightII 240GB 2.5" SATA III SSD - Pre-loaded with Raspberry Pi OS
- USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA SSD Product description, GeekWorm Wiki