The Banana Pi has the awesome feature over the Raspberry Pi of having a SATA port. I have connected an SSD hard drive to the BAnana Pi and now I run Bananian off the SSD hard drive. It boots in 15-20 seconds :). The Banana Pi has a small power port for SATA hard drives that requires a special cable.
If you don’t have a Banana Pi or just needs the SATA cable, here are some deals that may interest you. Make sure you have a 5 Volt 2 Amp charger to be able to power the SATA. Most phone chargers do not supply the required amps for Pi devices to power themselves and an external hard drive (though USB sticks are usually OK).
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