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      Volumio based audiophile PC/laptop

      Many have been using Volumio with Raspberry pi, ODROID, tinkerboard and sparky.

      A PC version is also available since 2016.

      The straight advantage it has over other hardware boards is its far superior and robust hardware.
      Even a 10 year old laptop will be superior to a raspberry pi.
      The old Dell laptop I tried in with is an Intel Core2Duo processor with 4GB RAM and 1TB HDD.

      Advantages:
      1. Far superior hardware configuration.
      2. You can boot from a large capacity hard disk, which can also hold all your music files. No need of USB drives, NAS, external storage etc.
      3. It is an exact replica of Volumio, so you get all its features
      4. The laptop screen becomes the display, or you can use it headless aswell from any other laptop
      5. Extremely fast library management due to better hardware resources.
      6. Simple to copy music files over the network as the music folder of Volumio hard disk appears in network share in windows.
      6. Volumio is one of the best and most popular linux audiophile distros.
      7. No optimization like booting from a bloated Windows OS, as Volumio is a dedicated audiophile specific operating system.

      Possible disadvantages:
      Hardware comparability, but Volumio supports most hardware out of the box.

      How to write:
      For guys good in linux, you can use the terminal from an existing Volumio install.

      For guys like me:
      A simple and easy method is to have a working PC or laptop with windows.
      The hard disk you want to boot Volumio from should be connected to the USB port, so you will need a external SATA-to-USB enclosure.

      How to:
      Download Etcher to your PC/laptop.
      Download the latest VolumioX86/x64 image
      Connect your HARD disk to the USB port.
      Run Etcher and follow instructions to select the Volumio image and the destination disk (USB hard disk)
      Enable 'unsafe' mode under setting in etcher (you will find setting icon on the top right corner)
      Now burn the image to your destination drive.
      That's it.
      Now remove the hard drive from the enclosure and put it into the PC/laptop where you want to run Volumio.

      Enjoy a audiophile music OS on your old laptop. Integrate it as a source into your setup. You can connect it to your DAC etc....
      Car Audio: 4-way active
      Home Audio: Passive

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      So, instead of a HDD, can I use a USB flash drive and flash Volumio on it? I have a USB drive with linux, can use it for this. I dont have much audiophile grade music though
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      Quote Originally Posted by KRRaj View Post
      So, instead of a HDD, can I use a USB flash drive and flash Volumio on it? I have a USB drive with linux, can use it for this. I dont have much audiophile grade music though
      Yes, you can load from USB flash drive also. But not sure if the connection will be stable enough, being on the USB port.
      Only thing is, you will have to set the boot priority accordingly in BIOS
      Car Audio: 4-way active
      Home Audio: Passive

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