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Up to my knowledge, yes. Although I have to admit, I no longer use that solution.
I am sorry to hear that. And yes, I agree, there should be an easy (or at least easier) way to port whole system from SD to SSD (or any other media in fact). But Hassio is still in its toddler age, so let's hope it will be available one day.
No, it is not normal. If you have the same board as me, red and green leds should be flashing all the time, indicating activity. Of course, first boot (after flashing ssd with hassio image) is taking longer (even 20 minutes), but after that, each RPi3 restart takes about a minute. What I would suggest, is to change USB bridge (the one that powers and sends data between Pi and board). Simply use a USB cable instead of bridge. Other possibility could be faulty SSD drive, not enough power from power suply to RPi3.
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