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Raspberry Pi Welcomes Windows 10 As New Operating System

The Raspberry Pi offers many storage options like USBs, SD cards, and external HDDs.

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The world’s most popular wallet-sized computer will now be running Windows 10 on its operating system. The Raspberry Pi is a computer created with the intent to encourage students, teachers, and families alike to learn about computing and more specifically, how to code. While the most common operating system (OS) for the Pi is Linux, Windows has stepped up to offer its “Windows 10” version for the device.

What Exactly Can a Raspberry Pi Do?

A Raspberry Pi comes in several different models, each with features that increase in quality with each model number. The Pi 3 Model B offers higher power and more properties including a 1.2 GHz 64-bit Quad Core Processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4 USB Ports, 1 HDMI port, a micro SD slot, audio port, and an ethernet port among other components.

Though the Raspberry Pi Foundation aims to offer low-cost computers for programming, there are more uses than simply teaching people how to code. It can be used as a desktop PC, a media centre for watching movies, a gaming console, security camera, or with the use of the Pi’s camera module, a photography camera. The Pi can perform any of these tasks with the attachment of a mouse, keyboard, and TV or monitor.

Common OS for Raspberry Pi

While Microsoft Windows is the most well-known among Pi users, other top operating systems include: Raspbian, RISC Open Limited, Moebius, RetroPie, and OSMC.

  • Raspbian–official OS of the Pi that is based on Linux and optimized for the Raspberry Pi computer hardware. It includes programming software like Python, Scratch, Sonic Pi, Java, and Mathematica.
  • RISC Open Limited–it is designed for the Pi and has optimum performance. It contains a ZIP file less than 4 MB.
  • Moebius— geared toward those who want speed or a compact operating system. It offers no graphical user interface, so it is best for experienced users.
  • RetroPie–this can run along with Raspbian or on its own. This transforms your Pi into a gaming system.
  • OSMC–the Open Source Media Center (OSMC) plays an extensive variety of file formats and comes equipped with an app store to download apps to your Pi.

Windows previously only offered its IoT Core for Pi, but has decided to extend its newest version of Windows to the Raspberry movement. According to the Microsoft website, Windows 10 offers a Microsoft photo app, faster internet with Microsoft edge, and higher security. Pi users can install Windows 10 with the Windows-on-ARM installer.

Data Storage Options

The most efficient way to use the miniature computer for storage is to connect an external hard disk drive (HDD), thus using your Pi as a Network Attached Storage (NAS) box. It also gives consumers the option of connecting their USB flash drive or a high volume SD card. These local storage mediums are used to install the OS you choose to put on your device. There are other options including utilizing the Pi as a web server, but these still require some type of HDD to allow for enough space for your websites and other online-shared documents.

The portability of the Pi is what makes it desirable for consumers, but carrying a computer, USB, SD Card, and an HDD makes for a lot of loose travelling parts. Physical damage to your Pi or storage solution is inevitable. Luckily, Secure Data Recovery has experience recovering data from USBs, hard drives, SD cards, and much more. If you are the victim of data loss, call our customer service line today at 1-800-388-1266.

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