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Raspberry Pi WiFi to Ethernet Bridge for a server?

This is a common problem with tons of documentation on the web. A very informative discussion I've found on (1). Be aware that this problem only belongs to a wifi client connection that you want to ...
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Can Rpi4B power external / portable USB HDD / SSD?

not able to power ... from a Raspberry pi 3 Here's why: Pi 3 was designed with USB 2.0 specs, including the 0.5 amp limit. Most hard drives require more current than that. Raspberry Pi 4 has USB 3.0,...
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Will RPI3 power down an external USB hard disk if not used for a certain amount of time?

Yes. Here's what I use: hdparm -B 127 /dev/sda hdparm -S 242 /dev/sda From the command line as the pi user you would have to add sudo there. The first line enables spin down. The second one sets ...
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Boot from USB hard disk?

Now, nearly five years later after author originally asked this question, Raspberry Pi officially supports booting from USB mass storage device. However, this is supported only for Raspberry Pi 3. ...
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Transmission: permission denied on USB disk

None of the answers here worked for me, so I am writing a new one referencing https://pimylifeup.com/raspberry-pi-torrentbox/ which worked great for me and allowed me to run transmission as pi user to ...
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Is it safe to power my external hard drive with a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ USB port?

You SHOULD be able to power a USB HDD from the Pi3B+ as the USB ports can supply 1.2A. HOWEVER, I and others have found that this is often unreliable - this seems to be due to transient voltage drop ...
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How to connect SATA drives without USB

Worth reviewing this answer on ee.se https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/118537/interfacing-with-sata-in-embedded-systems In short, not simple. In the most reasonable scenario, ...
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Attach SAS Drives

Before the Compute Module 4 came out, the answer was no; however, I'm currently testing an LSI SAS3082E-R SAS controller with the Compute Module 4 + IO Board, and I'm hopeful it will work. I'm ...
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"Proper" way to (permanently) mount USB hard drive?

using /etc/fstab is the proper way of doing this. if you do not want your system to depend on the drive on startup in case the usb drive is missing you have to set the relevant parameter / options ...
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Powered USB3 Hub vs USB3 Y Power Cable

This answer is incorrect. Depending on model & OS USB can supply 1.2A. Typical Power Requirements I doubt it would work, according to this page: USB - port power limits the Raspberry Pi USB ...
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Can Rpi4B power external / portable USB HDD / SSD?

Answer If your Rpi4B's power supply meets the official spec of 3A output, then it is OK to use USB HDS/SSD without external power supplies. I measured the idle current and write current of a 1TB SSD,...
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Permission denied to access `/media/pi` folder

This happens because you have mount helpers which mount the storage devices with the identity of the user holding the current session on your machine. If you have a GUI and log in as pi, that's the ...
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2,5" USB external hard drive not detected

Plug the disk and run sudo dmesg: There should be lines related to the USB host driver. If there aren't any, either the USB port, or the cable or the disk is broken, to the point there is no reliable ...
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Raspbian won't boot when hard drive is connected

This is (like most questions involving weird behavior of the Pi) a power supply issue. Make sure you have at least a 1.2A 5V power supply for your Pi, and that may not even be enough, you may want to ...
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NTFS USB HDD Read-Only - How to enable write permissions

I just wanted to share my experience on using the current version of ntfs-3g installed with apt-get install ntfs-3g (version 1:2014.2.15AR.2-1+deb8u2). I was getting "Input/output error" using that ...
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Unable to mount external harddrive (Openmediavault)

Because you state that your Pi is the original model b and that another external hard drive also does not work I believe that you are experiencing a power issue. The original model b raspberry Pi ...
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Can Raspberry Pi draw power FROM an external HD?

I'm going to provide a few details on why it is not recommended to do this. You completely bypass the protection circuit. the RPi has several components on the power socket, such as the polyfuse F1 ...
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How to use external flash drive as raspberry pi 3 root storage?

You can put your filesystem on an external drive, there are instructions to use an external drive to boot your Pi. See https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/hardware/raspberrypi/bootmodes/msd.md ...
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How Can My Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Power All My Devices?

The Pi3B and Pi3B+ USB can supply 1.2A without modification (subject to an adequate PSU). Your question has a lot of incorrect assumptions about USB - this is all explained in Raspberry Pi Power ...
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Using /mnt vs /media for Transmission storage on external hard drive

The default names and structure for linux are defined in the Linux Standard Base (LSB). Part of this document is the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard. Herein you find the definition for /media : Mount ...
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Is it safe to power my external hard drive with a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ USB port?

Having graduated with honors from the school of hard knocks last night with a PhD in low voltage faults corrupting root partitions on a pi, I would advise against this. It appeared to work fine with a ...
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Pi with multiple HDDs from a powered hub

Will the read speed of each hdd drop the more hdds I add due to the pi usb controller? This is exactly what will happen. Connecting multiple HDDs (and the more so SSDs) to an RPi to increase disk ...
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How to connect a SATA disk through GPIO (not USB)

I don't see how this can be done. Even if it could it would probably be a serious waste of time and money. SATA uses GHz signalling. The Pi's GPIO function in the say 30Mhz range. https://en....
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Delete and modify not supported smb external drive (exfat)

It seems you have an answer that addresses your question. I'm posting this as potentially "another answer" to augment @Ephemeral's answer, and because it's something that may be overlooked ...
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Do HDDs drain power when not in use?

Interestingly the power consumption of modern HDD is pretty low and comparable with an Rpi. https://www.pidramble.com/wiki/benchmarks/power-consumption suggests Rpi 3B is around 2W. https://www....
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External hard disk disappears after a few hours

External drives are often problematic on the Pi. The root cause is probably power issues, although I have found that occasionally the drive would be in Read Only mode. It is, of course, better to fix ...
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Auto mount with fstab not auto mounting

One step you may have overlooked was consulting man fstab - in other words, the system manual for creating & maintaining /etc/fstab. Even though it's a bit dated now (Feb 2015 in my bullseye OS), ...
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Can I be sure the EEPROM configuration is the latest version?

This is a bit complicated, so please bear with me: While "LATEST" (latest actually) now is a branch of the EEPROM firmware, it may not be in the sense that you mean. I'll explain that in ...
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How can I run smartctl in Raspbian?

I'm running an 2,5" SATA disk on an USB hub. The -d sat works for me. sudo smartctl --info /dev/sda -d sat last lines of output: SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability. ...
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