By default, Raspbian runs from a MicroSD card on your Raspberry Pi. Micro SD card performance in terms of speed and reliability tends to be considerably less than with USB Flash storage. This tutorial will guide you through the process of installing Raspbian on a USB Flash drive from Microsoft Windows. Once you’re done, your Raspberry Pi’s performance will increase considerably.
There’s a lot I love about the Raspberry Pi; its ability to surprise me (one hosts this site, and that’s pretty impressive!), its tiny form factor, the minimal pull on electricity. It embodies everything that computing should be, and will be in the future.
The things I dislike about them include the severe lack of power, inability to use bootable USB (or SATA capabilities), meagre 512mb memory. These frustrations are completely unjust on my part – its a £30 computer aimed at the education market! I have no right to be frustrated, especially as they make extremely cheap, yet capable web servers!
Everything I love about the Raspberry Pi’s physical attributes and energy credentials have been available for some time in a more capable formats, but nothing that really hits the nail on the head, until now that is.