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Hi, I have a question about installing DSM on my single board computer. This is a Rock Pi X with 4GB of RAM. I managed to boot in DSM 6.1.x, I don't know what HW driver with, I tried many of them before the board caught up. Finally, I have the correct network card driver and I find the DSM on the network. Unfortunately, the board has no SATA controller, so DSM will not find any disk to install. I tried to connect the drive using a USB-SATA controller, unfortunately to no avail. The question is: can DSM somehow be commissioned using an external drive connected to USB or not? Thank you all for your answer. Lukas

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26 minutes ago, lvagabond said:

Hi, I have a question about installing DSM on my single board computer. This is a Rock Pi X with 4GB of RAM. I managed to boot in DSM 6.1.x, I don't know what HW driver with, I tried many of them before the board caught up. Finally, I have the correct network card driver and I find the DSM on the network. Unfortunately, the board has no SATA controller, so DSM will not find any disk to install. I tried to connect the drive using a USB-SATA controller, unfortunately to no avail. The question is: can DSM somehow be commissioned using an external drive connected to USB or not? Thank you all for your answer. Lukas

Actually no. I tried to do the same with atomic pi. There is no way to do it.

 

P.s. as a workaround: install unraid, then use vm. It works.  

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maybe look for something similar to a ODROID-H2+(if it really needs to be that small and one or two sata ports are enough

maybe google for" ODROID-H2+ alternative"

maybe https://shop.udoo.org/en/udoo-x86-ii-advanced-plus.html

but my guess is that you will find cheaper solutions when accepting less compact solutions

 

if it need to be below mini-itx then maybe this helps?
https://geizhals.de/?cat=mbson&sort=p&xf=4400_2.5"+SBC+(Pico-ITX)~4400_3.5"+SBC~4400_Thin+Mini-ITX~4400_UCFF+(4"x4")~7086_sat6gb

 

when including mini-itx there are a lot of options

https://geizhals.de/?cat=mbson&sort=p&xf=4400_2.5"+SBC+(Pico-ITX)~4400_3.5"+SBC~4400_Mini-ITX~4400_Thin+Mini-ITX~4400_UCFF+(4"x4")~7086_sat6gb

 

and if we narrow it down to 918+ compatibility (apollolake or geminilake)

https://geizhals.de/?cat=mbson&sort=p&xf=11832_Apollo+Lake~11832_Gemini+Lake~11832_Gemini+Lake+Refresh~11836_0.4~4400_2.5"+SBC+(Pico-ITX)~4400_3.5"+SBC~4400_Mini-ITX~4400_Thin+Mini-ITX~4400_UCFF+(4"x4")~7086_sat6gb

 

and to keep the performance up with 4 cores

https://geizhals.de/?cat=mbson&sort=p&xf=11832_Apollo+Lake~11832_Gemini+Lake~11832_Gemini+Lake+Refresh~11836_0.4~18525_4~4400_2.5"+SBC+(Pico-ITX)~4400_3.5"+SBC~4400_Mini-ITX~4400_Thin+Mini-ITX~4400_UCFF+(4"x4")~7086_sat6gb

 

but all this is pcie 2.0 (appololake, geminilake), if it need any expand ability then later iteration like elkhartlake is needed (and these are much harder to find)

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