DietPi-Drive Manager is a lightweight program that allows you to:
- Mount, format, external drives
- Set read only filesystems
- Move DietPi User data
- Transfer RootFS to external drive (RPi/Odroid only)
How do i setup a dedicated drive for DietPi and user data?
What is DietPi user data?
- Run dietpi-drive_manager to bring up the main menu.
- Plug in the drive you wish to use.
- Select Refresh from the menu (if it doesn't show up straight away, give it a few seconds for system to update, then try again).
- Select the drive you wish to use from the list, then press enter.
- If the drive is not formatted, select Format from the menu. The default options are recommended, however, you can change the format filesystem type and partition table type, if desired.
- Ensure the drive is mounted, select the Mount option if needed.
- Finally, select Move Userdata from the menu. When prompted, say Yes to begin the move. Your user data will now be located on this drive.
Format filesystem types:
Recommended for users who plan to use this drive solely on the DietPi system (eg: dedicated drive).
- + The standard for Linux file systems
- ─ Not compatible on a Windows system
Recommended for users who plan to use this drive on a Windows system.
- + Compatible on a Windows system
- ─ High CPU usage during transfers (spawns a process)
Recommended for users who want high compatibility across multiples OS'es.
- + Highly compatible with all OS.
- ─ 4GB file size limit
- ─ 2TB drive size limit
- ─ Does not support file/folder permissions
- ─ Does not support symlinks
Recommended for Mac owners.
- + Mac OS filesystem
A modern Linux filesystem. F2FS:
Linux filesystem designed for flash/NAND based drives.
- + Flash-Friendly File System: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F2FS
Windows file system, intended for external drives, e.g. USB flash drives or SDcards
- + Flash-Friendly File System: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT