OOPS! Corrected URL for last tweet

March 2nd, 2015

My apologies, sometimes I type too fast.

I’ve fixed the title and link for my latest blog post. The corrected URL is:


Sorry about the double tweet!!!

Raspberry Pi 2 NAS Experiment HOWTO (with benchmarks)

March 2nd, 2015

How fast can a Raspberry Pi 2 file server be?

I thought I’d measure the performance of a Raspberry Pi 2 SMB server… with the on-board 10/100 Ethernet, and a USB Gigabite adapter.

Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Review @ http://Mikronauts.com

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There have been so many questions on the forums about using the Raspberry Pi 2 as a server – and some unrealistic hopes of gigabit performance – that I ran more tests than I originally intended to pin down the performance limits.

I welcome your feedback on my forums – or the Raspberry Pi Forums!

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Raspberry Pi 2 runs nicely on a SATA hard drive using a USB/SATA enclosure

February 28th, 2015

After testing USB SATA adapter performance on the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, I decided it would be nice to have a lot more disk space for Raspberry Pi 2 development work for RoboPi and my other projects.

http://Mikronauts.com Raspberry Pi 2 USB hard drive and adapter tests

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I used gdisk to re-partition the 3TB 7200rpm Toshiba SATA drive, making a 200GB ‘usbroot’ partition, and making a ‘usbdrive’ partition for the rest of the drive for files.

It will be interesting to see how it performs as a development box – will the extremely fast seek times of an SD card be more important than the (roughly) twice as fast disk read speed?

The Raspberry Pi 2 is quite capable of being used as a development system, so I’ve decided to make a dedicated RPi2 development box I can ssh and rdp into from anywhere in my network.

So far I can report that the system feels snappier, especially when loading large applications. I will probably do some more tests later.

The output from ‘df’ is also pleasing :)

(Please let me know if y’all would like an article/howto on how to set up such a box)

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Raspberry Pi 2 USB hard drive and adapter tests article posted

February 26th, 2015

I test two SSD’s, two hdd’s, and four USB2&3 adapters in order to find out how USB drives perform with an Raspberry Pi 2!

http://Mikronauts.com Raspberry Pi 2 USB hard drive and adapter tests

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I was pleasantly surprised with the test results. Click on the link below for the tests, results, and analysis.

Raspberry Pi 2 USB hard drive and adapter tests

Article Index

  1. Introduction, Test Equipment, Software Setup, Benchmarks, hdparm
  2. dd Read, dd Write, dd Copy, Conclusion

Index Page for Mikronauts Single Board Computer Reviews added

February 20th, 2015

I added an index page for Raspberry Pi 2 etc, Banana, ODROID, MIPS etc (7) reviews at Mikronauts.com – more reviews soon.

Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Review @ http://Mikronauts.com

Link to index: http://www.mikronauts.com/all-single-board-computer-reviews/

Raspberry Pi Reviews

Banana Pi Reviews

ODROID Reviews

MIPS Reviews

(Sorry about the crowded navigation bar on the left, I intend to change it it this year to collapse categories by default)