I was doing some read and write speed testing of PiHome SD card, it is doing good job so for me but i wanted to run raspberry pi from SSD drive connected via USB port and i wondered if it is possible or not so i across raspberry pi article  on how to do this.

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Boot Raspberry Pi from USB SSD

Boot Raspberry Pi from USB SSD

Lets simplify this for the sake to engineering steps. Run following command to check fuse

vcgencmd otp_dump | grep 17

Above command should give you 17:1020000a which mean fuse is set to boot only from SD card.


Update & Upgrade

Make sure you update your raspberry pi, run following command to update and upgrade.

sudo apt-get update & apt-get upgrade

Enable USB Boot Mode

Now lets modify config.txt file to enable boot from USB and add program_usb_boot_mode=1 to end of config.txt file

sudo nano /boot/config.txt

Add following line to end of program_usb_boot_mode=1 file


or alternately you can run one line command to add this to config.txt file

echo program_usb_boot_mode=1 | sudo tee -a /boot/config.txt

Reboot the Raspberry pi

sudo reboot now

Once Raspberry pi is reboot successfully check fuse setting by running following command

vcgencmd otp_dump | grep 17

Now this should give you following value if its done successfully.

Boot Raspberry Pi from USB SSD

Boot Raspberry Pi from USB SSD

Last and important make sure you remove program_usb_boot_mode=1 from /boot/config.txt file otherwise any other raspberry pi you boot from this sd card will have this fuse enable.

Now you can copy .img file to your USB SSD disk and connect to Raspberry pi and it should boot from USB SSD disk.

Part II of this Post: Resizing the USB SSD on Raspberry Pi