I am looking for information and how to install the Home Assistant OS onto an Orange Pi 5. Any help is appreciated. Ed
This has been discussed at length. Search is your friend.
Short answer - unless you’re linux-friendly and/or married to that hardware, it will be easier to return it and get something you can run HAOS on.
SSD (sata and NVME) can be used with SBCs. They have same endurance in SBC as in laptop, SBC just takes much less space and consumes less energy. It will be more durable too. Just skip those damn mini-PCs.
There’s not one single thing wrong with using mini pcs.