Jetson TK1 SSD Installation

Installing a Samsung SSD on a Jetson TK1 Development Kit

Being a new development board, I’ve been a little leery to add peripherals that require driver support. In part, this was due to my first experiences trying to get wireless devices running with the board upon first arrival. It took a few months before people figured the Linux kernel magic that needed to take place to get wireless up and running.

However, I’ve been doing most of my work off of a 64GB USB flash drive. Combined with a relatively slow machine, I thought that if I could get a faster hard drive the whole system would feel a little snappier. So I decided to take a chance …

I searched the Nvidia forums to locate people that had issues with installation of solid state drives. There was little information to be found. As you see in the video, the reason for this is that you plug in the SSD and it just flat out works! Hardware SSD installation takes only a few minutes, and a just a little bit more time to format the disk.

In this case, I installed a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM) that I ordered off of Amazon. Rather than bore people with the benchmarks, I’ll just say that it seems like a completely different experience and makes development much more pleasant.

Oh, and I’ve introduced my fire extinguisher.