Mounting a recalbox image on SD card ?

  • Hi all, I am one of the unfortunate owner of a  (yet!) non-compatible microSD card on the Raspberry Pi 2 (a 64Gb microSD from 7dayshop). Before you ask, running on windows 7, yes I've done everything right: SDcardformatter with quick and full erase, checking the format size adjustment "on" option, then GUI format 32. 64Gb is extra fun and I've had the privilege to experiment other solutions: Diskpart and h2format, or using the minitools partition wizard software to try different partition sizes (a primary slightly less than 8Gb 2 x 32Gb or). The latter was the best. Point being many users - including our favourite lumberjack with his 8Gb noname - are in my situation, and we all hope NOOBS 1.5 will solve the issue. In the meantime, some users of "core" NOOBS have been able to circumvent this issue by mounting an image of their OS... and I've seen a recent feature allowing recalbox users to clone their SD card. Pardon the possible stupidity of my question, but would it be possible to mount a disk image of a successfully installed RecalboxOS ?? For those with the infamous "mks.fat failed whilst writing reserved sector" like me, the idea would be to use Win32diskimager to mount an image of a working "virgin" recalbox. This virgin recalboxOS image could be that you get just after install the first time, maybe even with the silent option (ie no keyboard option). Would that be possible ? I am aware that the whole thing maybe unstable afterwards, or generate corrupt files etc... but it is worth trying. Even if there's a 10% chance of success, it's better than no recalbox at all !   Thanks all

  • Yes ryuuji, exactly. If instead of installing a recalboxOS I could mount an image, this may solve the problem. It seems to be working in some case for those using N00bs. I guess my question is: where could I find a recalbox image to mount ? Or would someone be nice enough to send me their image ? Thanks, Alex

  • Oh ... like that ... Just somebody who have the same kind of Pi model as you have ...

  • I thought maybe digitalLumberjack would have a section on the site - or github - with a recalboxOS image to mount. Or that there'd be a repository somewhere. Especially that there is now a indeed a cloning tutorial I have the classical Raspberry pi 2 type B most of you are running I guess. The pi2 sensitivity to microSD cards really is annoying.

  • Have you tried Win32DiskImager ? When I install recalboxos I put on the disk the files downloaded from . I m using linux to format the card and copy the files inside the archive to the card.

  • Hi ryuuji, Don't worry I've explored every routes. I have even installed a gparted live bootable distribution on a USB key so I could format my microSD under Linux - with gparted. The raspberry pi 2 is just very fussy with microSD cards, it's heavily reported : I am using another card (a samsung) and it's working fine now. But my point was: if you have a card that looks incompatible with the pi 2, you can sometimes circumvent the problem by mounting an image (as opposed to installing a distribution/OS). As you suggest I would have indeed used Win32diskimager. But to do that I need a *.img of recalbox ! The link you send  doesn't contain any image, it is to install recalbox (the distribution): and that gives me an error with my 7dayshop card. So I was wondering whether a *.img of recalbox was available anywhere on the site or github.

  • Well now that you have another card that is compatible with Pi2 maybe you should try to clone your install from the Samsung to the card from 7dayshop 😛 Cloning the SD card is simple. Just follow these steps: Get everything set up just the way you want it on your Raspberry Pi, whatever you're using it for. Then shut down the Pi and remove the SD card. Insert the SD card into your computer. Start up Win32DiskImager, a program that you probably have from when you first set up your Pi. (If you're on OS X or Linux, you'll have to use the dd command as described here instead of these steps). In the "Image File" box, enter the path of your soon-to-be image file. For example, I put mine in C:\Users\Whitson\images\myraspbmc.img Under the "Device" box, select your SD card. Click the "Read" button to create the image file from your card. When it's done creating the image file, you can eject your SD card and put it back in your Raspberry Pi. Keep that IMG file in a safe place.

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