The MegaPi Project

So, I’ve been thinking… My Raspberry Pi 3 emulation system, running RetroPie, is a really cool gaming system. It runs up to PlayStation 1 games rather well, but unfortunately, those disk-based games take up a lot of storage space. And with the Raspberry Pi systems running off of MicroSD cards for the most part, well, you can see how this might be an issue?

Anyway, this got me thinking. What if I were to rebuild my Raspberry Pi 3 system from the ground up (again), and this time set it up so that the game Roms are held on an external hard drive? I know it can be done, but you can’t just use any external hard drive, since the RPi can’t power it off of its USB connection alone. So you need to use a powered external hard drive, which are remarkably easy to find online.

Now, since I want to be running not just the classic cartridge-based game systems (Atari 2600 to Nintendo 64), but also the early disk-based systems (Sega CD to PlayStation 1), I’ll need a whole lot of space to hold those games. And so that leads me to buying a nice, huge powered external hard drive. Four gigabytes huge, in fact.

Let’s just say that should hold all of the Sega CD, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, and PlayStation 1 games, plus all those cartridge games, and have lots of room to spare! Perhaps for Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2 games, once we have a Raspberry Pi (or other single-board computer) that is powerful enough to run them?

Regardless, I’m saving my pennies to be able to afford the external hard drive I want to use with this system (it isn’t cheap), and once I get this all set up, I’m sure I’ll have an update here on the website as to how it all worked out.

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