So far i've tried minibian, arch (alarmpi) and arkOS and, when I'm lucky I get to connect by ssh. Whenever I'm able to do so ssh manages to freeze randomly.

I've changed de /boot/cmdline.txt at /dev/mmcblk0p1 so that I boot from hdd and the /etc/fstab to point to automount and check the "/" partition.

I've seen arrownd the internet how peope use their USB hard drives without problem so maybe I'm doing something wrong.


If you are reading the root of your boot drive over a USB 2.0 connection it is going to be slow. Try caching to a ram drive.

  • Seems like it's my USB HDD fault. People get this working just by changing the / partition on theyr cmdline.txt and it works fine. I'll try another HDD and close the question if it's this infact.
    – dinigo
    Dec 9 '13 at 16:03

The external hard drive needs more power than it's supplied with and therefore doesn't perform as expected . a powered USB hub solves this. There is a malfunction due to the lack of power during boot

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