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Debian root on a flash disk and the data on a hard disk

This article is about installing Debian on a flash disk, like SD card, flash disk, Solid State Disk etc. The goal is to have the data on a hard disk. This will increase the lifetime of the flash disk.

Assumption of this article is that Debian is already installed on a flash disk in the root “/”-directory.
In the article Installing Debian on the Sheevaplug there is also a separate “/boot” ext2 partition, because U-Boot is unable to read from ext3 partitions. This article is written while installing Debian Squeeze on the SheevaPlug, but this article can also be used for other Debian or Ubuntu systems. Only the device names and partitions can be different.

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Sheevaplug boot from SD card fails on power up

After installing Debian on SD card, it was booting successfully with the ‘run bootcmd‘. But when I switched off the power and plugged in again, I was getting the following error messages:

Error! cmd : 8, err : 0201
Error! cmd : 1, err : 0201
Error! cmd : 1, err : 0201
Error! cmd : 1, err : 0201
Error! cmd : 1, err : 0201
Error! cmd : 1, err : 0201
Error! cmd : 1, err : 0201
Error! cmd : 1, err : 0201
Error! cmd : 1, err : 0201
Error! cmd : 1, err : 0201
Error! cmd : 1, err : 0201
No MMC card found
** Bad partition 1 **
** Bad partition 1 **
## Booting image at 00800000 ...
Bad Magic Number
Marvell>>

 

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Installing Debian on the SheevaPlug

The next step in this SheevaPlug guide is installing Debian on the SheevaPlug. Default on the SheevaPlug, Ubuntu 9.04 is provided. Ubuntu 9.04 will not be supported for a very long time any more and a Ubuntu 9.10 or higher is not available. That is why I want to install Debian on the Kingston 4GB SDHC card. Please read first the article Building the system with the esata sheevaplug, if you did not do that already.

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