I've been playing around with the pi 4 a lot recently, and am now running Manjaro ARM. I am very surprised at the stability of this distro on this little machine. It is great for web browsing, SSHing into my other Pis and machines. With the pi 4 currently overclocked as high as possible, it's running phenomenally. I was able to download torrents at over 9.5 MiB/S (on my 5GHz Wifi), directly to a 32GB Sandisk 3.0 flash drive. Much faster than the Wifi card on my HP laptop from 2016. I moved that flash drive to my pi 3 to transfer the folder, and plugged in a 500GB HDD in a Sabrent enclosure only to find it causes the system to hang. I thought it may be that the flash drive was formatted as exFAT, and the hard drive ext4. No change after formatting the drive to exFAT. I am aware that these cheap enclosures sold on Amazon are not too friendly with the pi4, especially while on 5GHz wifi. A few questions-
I wasn't able to find a guide to setting up Manjaro to boot from the SD card and run the OS from a USB drive after booting. Would it be the same set up as Raspbian? I know it's possible because I've seen people mentioning it here on the Manjaro forums.
Would I see similar results running the US on an external SSD, with a high quality, high speed USB 3.0 flash drive? Does anyone have any suggestions for drives (budget friendly, please) that play nice with the pi 4? I don't need a ton of storage. 128GB seems like it would be enough, just until I can transfer data to my OMV NAS.
I'd like to run out today to Best Buy or place an order on Amazon for an SSD or high quality flash drive to run the OS from.