External Optical Drive?

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External Optical Drive?

Postby Paul Zager » Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:05 pm

In anticipation of getting an X5000/40 when available, I'm looking into whether to do my own build or buy it pre-built from AOTL. I'm seeing more and more computer cases available without an internal optical drive bay. Could an external BD/CD/DVD drive hooking up via USB 2 work for booting, or does a bootable optical drive have to be hooked up to SATA?

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Re: External Optical Drive?

Postby nbache » Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:00 pm

I believe you should be able to use an external USB drive.

I remember doing that back when the Sam 460 was new, which was when the masstorage USB class had the ability added to mount AMIGA BOOT discs, so we could boot from them.

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Re: External Optical Drive?

Postby daveyw » Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:11 pm

I'm pretty sure that currently you can only boot AmigaOS from the motherboard SATA. Even if you have a SATA card, that's not bootable.

I believe that's a unique hardware scenario for the X5000, so the A1XE or the SAM may be able to do it, but the X5000 can't... yet.

I can't remember if it requires a uboot or driver update.
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Re: External Optical Drive?

Postby Roland » Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:33 am

daveyw wrote:I'm pretty sure that currently you can only boot AmigaOS from the motherboard SATA.


But X5000 can definitely boot from a USB stick. Why does it not work for an optical drive with USB connector?

Even if you have a SATA card, that's not bootable.


That is correct, and also for a SCSI card.

I believe that's a unique hardware scenario for the X5000, so the A1XE or the SAM may be able to do it, but the X5000 can't... yet.

I can't remember if it requires a uboot or driver update.


The simplest solution would be to have Kickstart on the Boot SD, so that the controller driver modules are loaded before any other disks need to be accessed. Tonyw told earlier this is possible, but not with high priority on their to-do list...
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