Syncthing is amazing alternative to things like Dropbox or Google Drive plus you control your data. Now it works little differently than usual cloud storage solutions. Instead of one central server Syncthing uses peer to peer sharing. Also Syncthing is quite flexible for sharing files between your different devices or between people. I will not go into details of Syncthing features and options because probably if you are already here you want to know how to install it so here goes …
Until now I have used Raspberry Pi with micro SD card and while it works for some times I have had lot of corruptions. Not shutting Pi properly down plus unstable power wreak havoc on the SD card. And as you may have read from my previous tutorials I like to run servers on my Raspberry Pi so yeah SQL + logging = high read write are no way to treat small SD cards.
So for loads like that there should be more robust solution.
And for that here is small write up how to use USB thumb drive or USB hard drive as your Raspberry Pi-s root drive. You still need SD card for boot but as you learn from this tutorial it is much easier to replace the static boot drive then whole system, especially if you haven’t backed up your system 10 seconds prior to failure.
This will be tutorial about how to set up RPi torrent box… oh wait i need to mount external drive ….okey then…. This WILL be tutorial about how to mount usb drive on RPi …. Wait I need to transfer large files between RPi and my PC …….fuuuuuuuu… Fine it will be tutorial about how to set up SSHFS on Raspberry Pi.
I prefer SSHFS over samba because its pain to set up samba on RPi(not really but i’m lazy) and yes if you want connect many windows or android devices its better solution but for a linux to linux file transfer it super easy and quick to set up, another downside is speed. But because I don’t transfer 100 gig files my 10MB/s is adequate.But hey the SSHFS is encrypted which is nice.
Once again I have to setup my pi. Because I mainly use it in headless config its quite annoying to connect it to display for setup. So anyone else having same trouble here is a small tutorial how to setup you Raspberry pi sd card for running pi headlessly with wifi. No need for monitors or keyboards on pi.
After configuring your sd card you just connect the power and ssh into your pi.