Request for recommendation on OS swapping with H.2 NVMe

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Request for recommendation on OS swapping with H.2 NVMe

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I enjoy experimenting with multiple operating systems.
On a raspberry pi, it's relatively easy to swap inexpensive microSD cards in and out with the assurance that I can always plug in the older microSD card to restore that environment when I wish to.
Instead of buying dozens of microSD cards, it's also relatively easy to save an image of a microSD card to external storage and re-use the microSD card for a new image.

I'd like to do something similar with my ODROID-H2+.
However, the H.2 NVMe drive that I have is 500 GB.
So, it's both considerably larger and more expensive than a microSD card.

I'm curious to know what strategy that other people are using to swap operating systems with this hardware.

Are you using multiple H.2 NVMe drives?

Do you use clonezilla (or something similar) to backup an image of the H.2 NVMe to external storage before writing a new OS to it?

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Re: Request for recommendation on OS swapping with H.2 NVMe

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We've used a few NVMe-USB storage devices to evaluate various OS images since H2 BIOS supports direct USB boot.
You can find a NVMe to USB adapter enclosure something like this.
https://www.amazon.com/Enclosure-Thunde ... 085L76D3P/

Side note,
Since the NVMe or DRAM slots on the motherboards have a limited life cycle due to the contact spring durability in the connector.
Most connector manufacturers guarantee only 50~60 cycles of memory card mating/unmating.
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Re: Request for recommendation on OS swapping with H.2 NVMe

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My nvme is coming in tomorrow and I’ll be diving into proxmox, actually I might install proxmox onto my Emmc meanwhile and check it out first. No experience yet with hypervisor systems like vsphere or proxmox basic list
Vsphere is free for personal use I think
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Re: Request for recommendation on OS swapping with H.2 NVMe

Post by domih »

Alternative software solution:

If you are using an NVMe of 500GB you probably have enough space to partition appropriately and install a dozen different OSes in a multi-boot configuration. Yes? If so, to deal with the shenanigans of each OS and particularly in which order you want to install them I suggest this reading: https://www.apress.com/gp/book/9781484258897. In doing so, no need to switch hardware, you just select which OS you want to run at boot time.
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Re: Request for recommendation on OS swapping with H.2 NVMe

Post by InsideJob »

GRUB will keep getting messed up if you delete the last Linux OS you installed but you can usually bypass it from the UEFI boot menu (F7 on the H2).

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