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Last Updated June 14, 2024

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"Bootable" Solidigm Storage Tool™

Ability To Use SST Outside A Boot Drive Or Single Drive System

Summary

Due to the operating system and/or device driver, some features of Solidigm Storage Tool™ (SST) do not work.

Examples:

  • MacOS is unsupported
  • Microsoft™ NVMe* driver blocks certain commands

This solution implements booting Ubuntu from a USB and then installing SST.

Resolution

Most of the following are steps 1-4 from the Install Ubuntu desktop guide, though we will not install Ubuntu, only "Try".

NOTE

Non-Persistent

  • SST does not stay downloaded or installed between boots
  • If you require persistence, look into Rufus or UNetbootin

Requirements

  • Ubuntu ISO
    • Review the Installation Guide of SST CLI for supported Ubuntu versions
  • BalenaEtcher
    • Version for current OS
  • Blank USB drive
    • Large enough for the Ubuntu version being used

Process

This process uses Ubuntu 24.04 with a 16GB USB.

Create Boot Stick

  1. Launch "Etcher"
  2. Click the "Flash from file" button
  3. Navigate and select the Ubuntu ISO, previously downloaded
  1. Click the "Target" button
  2. Select the USB stick
  1. Click "Flash!"
    1. Select "Yes" to Windows UAT, if applicable
Wait for successful completion

Boot from Stick

  1. Boot from the USB stick
    1. This can be done from the systems boot menu OR the BIOS
    2. The common key is F12, but Escape, F2, and F10 are others
      1. The system's documentation will have which keys to use
  2. Select "Try or Install Ubuntu"
  3. Proceed through the Ubuntu Installer until asked to Install or Try:
    1. Choose "Try"

Install SST

  1. Download and Install SST
    1. See the SST CLI Installation Guide
  2. Run needed commands
  3. When complete, shut down and unplug the USB stick

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"Bootable" Solidigm Storage Tool™