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Best USB boot device, reliable for many writes?

Western Digital Drives - The Preferred Drives of FreeNAS and TrueNAS CORE

tsoj

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Sep 1, 2020
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Hi,
I am looking for a USB storage device that I can use as boot drive for TrueNAS and also as system dataset. Until now, I used a USB flash drive, but it died after a few months, probably because of the frequent writes to the system dataset.
I don't want the system dataset to be on the hard drives because it's a home NAS that is used infrequently, so I want the drives to spin down because of the noise.
A simple solution would be to buy an external SSD with a USB type A interface, however I only found some that are quite expensive and overkill in terms of storage capacity.
So, are there any USB drives that have similar read/write durability to SSDs?
 

John Digital

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ThreeDee

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small SSD (120gb or less) with USB to SATA cable (USB will power the SSD).

I ran this type of setup for quite awhile on my old setup .. SSD was about $15-20 .. adapter was about $12'ish
 
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