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    Pi4 attached drive recommendations

    Can anyone recommend an attached drive for a RPi-4 based LMS with at least 2TB, that is designed to stay on 24/7 without running too hot, and ideally silent? Could be SSD or platter-based but any fan must be relatively silent. Interface probably USB3 but open to other options.
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    Pi4 attached driverecommendations

    For this case, an SSD. I have a 1TB SSD and it works perfectly.

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    > Can anyone recommend an attached drive for a RPi-4 based LMS with at
    > least 2TB, that is designed to stay on 24/7 without running too hot, and
    > ideally silent? Could be SSD or platter-based but any fan must be
    > relatively silent. Interface probably USB3 but open to other options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkrug View Post
    For this case, an SSD. I have a 1TB SSD and it works perfectly.
    Agree, I have been using this one for the last 4 months, small, fast, silent, on 24/7.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-Ext...s%2C177&sr=8-4
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    Quote Originally Posted by jezbo View Post
    Can anyone recommend an attached drive for a RPi-4 based LMS with at least 2TB, that is designed to stay on 24/7 without running too hot, and ideally silent? Could be SSD or platter-based but any fan must be relatively silent. Interface probably USB3 but open to other options.

    Fwiw, I have a Toshiba 2TB L200 2.5" SATA HDD in a Sabrent SATA-to-USB-3.0 enclosure.

    It's been on 24/7 for the past several months, is fan-less and essentially silent, and certainly doesn't run hot (it's currently at 23░C).

    (I'd opt for SSD, but SATA is a lot cheaper and whilst the greater speed would be nice, it's not essential.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidstypike View Post
    Agree, I have been using this one for the last 4 months, small, fast, silent, on 24/7.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-Ext...s%2C177&sr=8-4
    I'm tempted by one of these. What did you have to do to format it for the pi?

    Did you then copy your existing OS to it? Is there a utility that takes care of that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jezbo View Post
    I'm tempted by one of these. What did you have to do to format it for the pi?

    Did you then copy your existing OS to it? Is there a utility that takes care of that?
    I put a copy of my music files on the drive as delivered, ntfs.

    The Pi4 it's now attached to runs piCorePlayer, and is used as LMS server, nothing else. I copy new music files to it from Windows using FreeFileSync. Clear and rescan of my ~75,000 track library takes 29 minutes over ethernet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidstypike View Post
    I put a copy of my music files on the drive as delivered, ntfs.

    The Pi4 it's now attached to runs piCorePlayer, and is used as LMS server, nothing else. I copy new music files to it from Windows using FreeFileSync. Clear and rescan of my ~75,000 track library takes 29 minutes over ethernet.
    identical for me except using WD 4TB portable USB drive (NTFS). Also use freefilesync to transfer files from my windows machine.
    Home: Pi4B-8GB/pCP7.x/4TB>LMS 8.1.x>Transporter, Touch, Boom, Radio (all ethernet)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidstypike View Post
    the drive as delivered, ntfs..
    Reading the users comments/questions some say its delivered with NTFS and others with EXFAT. The official info doesn't say.

    Two 1TB drives is currently ú40 cheaper than one 2TB drive, as the rPi-4 has two USB3 ports I'm tempted to go with the two (all my music & movies is currently 1.2Tb).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jezbo View Post
    Reading the users comments/questions some say its delivered with NTFS and others with EXFAT. The official info doesn't say.

    Two 1TB drives is currently ú40 cheaper than one 2TB drive, as the rPi-4 has two USB3 ports I'm tempted to go with the two (all my music & movies is currently 1.2Tb).
    Mine was NTFS.

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    I am using a Rpi4 with a DAC HAT. Can a SSD or SATA HDD be powered from the USB socket on the pi or do I need a separate power supply?

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