M2 Ultra boot from SATA


(Eric) #1

I want to boot the M2U from SATA (ssd) and if possible without sdcard.

Tried some tutorials and different images but I can get it to work. I tried the Ubuntu image, and the Raspbian stretch image from http://www.banana-pi.org/m2u-download.html#modal17. Tutorials used: http://nload.net/how-to-banana-pi-booting-from-ssd-using-lubuntu-raspbian/ and https://www.htpcguides.com/move-linux-banana-pi-sata-setup/

The part where th uEnv.txt has to be adjusted is a bit different. I find one in /boot/bananapi/bpi-m2u/linu There is a root part: root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rootfstype=ext4 rw rootwait bootmenutimeout=10 datadev=mmcblk0p2

Changed it to root=/dev/sda1 rootfstype=ext4 rw rootwait bootmenutimeout=10 datadev=sda1

rebooted but nothing happens. I noticed there is also: volumioarg=imgpart=/dev/mmcblk0p2 imgfile=/volumio_current.sqsh rw rootwait

Should this be altered as well?

When this works I aiming to remove the sd card completely. Is this possible? If not can I move the boot part to a smaller sd card? I find one for the raspberry pi ( https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=117820 ) but don’t know if this will work for the Banana Pi as well


(Igor) #2

That is not possible.This way works - eMMC or SPI where its available:

https://docs.armbian.com/User-Guide_Getting-Started/#how-to-install-to-emmc-nand-sata-usb with Armbian and the process is fully automatized.

armbian-config -> enter -> enter -> enter - wait — reboot.


(Eric) #3

But I don’t have armbian installed…

I found the bootable images (BPI_M2U_720P.img.z etc) which can be written with bpi-tools. But I am unable to access a second sd card to do this. I got the images from the Banana pi and stored them on my windows system but these are no vailid images according rufus…


(Igor) #4

Armbian is levels above what you are trying to use.


(Eric) #5

I got it working with Armbian, was really easy to do. Thanks for the tip