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Problems making a 32GB microSD-Backup



  • Hello from Germany!

    I recently installed Recalbox 4.0 final on a Sandisk microSD 32GB, everything except minor issues is great. As I have invested lots of hours scraping the Metainfo of my collection, I would like to backup my microSD now.

    Problem is: Whenever I plug the microSD into my Windows 7 computer, the size reported by tools like Win32DiskImager is around 630 MB and only this partition is backuped.

    I understand, that this is a problem of Windows handling multiple partitions on (micro)SDs and only one partition is shown in Windows.

    But: Is there any solution for backing up the SD-Card using Windows?

    Or should I try a Linux-Live-CD and the (one year old) instructions from https://github.com/recalbox/recalbox-os/wiki/Clone-your-SD-card-(EN) ?

    Thanks a lot!

    René


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    To be honest, I've never tried to backup my sd card with Win32DiskImager, but the HDD Raw Copy Tool did the job for me (there is a portable version).
    http://hddguru.com/software/HDD-Raw-Copy-Tool/



  • I just tried HDD Raw Copy Tool. It's the same problem. The microSD is only recognized as around 640 MB big and only this partition is saved to the image:

    0_1481008480174_microSD_32GB_HDDRawCopyTool.jpg

    0_1481008498365_microSD_32GB_HDDRawCopyTool_02.jpg

    This is really annoying. I can generally access the full 32 GB of the card if I delete all partitions on the SD card using "diskpart" and "clean" and formatting using SDFormatter, but never after installing Recalbox.

    Well, it seems I have to get my hands on a Linux LiveCD and using dd.

    Can anybody confirm that the description at https://github.com/recalbox/recalbox-os/wiki/Clone-your-SD-card-(EN) is still correct for 4.0 final?

    Greetings from Germany

    René


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    @hanker are you sure that those 630 MB aren't the complete USED capacity of your SD card? You won't get a 32 GB backup image if your card isn't using that capacity. Try adding more roms and you will see that the 630 MB increase 😉



  • Hello again,

    yes, I'm totally sure. I've added over 16 GB of ROMs...

    Regards

    René



  • Did just try another, newer laptop with build in microSD - card reader and Windows 10 instead of 7.

    HDD Raw Copy Tool Portable did work flawlessly and the system recognized the whole 32GB instantly.

    Problem solved, possibly old internal SD - card reader hardware and/or drivers in my own laptop.

    René


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    Glad to hear you figured it out 😉



  • Tried to edit the wiki with the additional information. Didn't work, "Edit" button leades to "404" error.

    Perhaps someone else could add the following:

    If your microSD - Card isn't recognized at full size and only the first partition is backuped, try updating the SD-card reader drivers or use an external USB - card reader.

    Regards

    René


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    Everyone can edit the wiki, don't know why you got that error. Anyway, I'm on my phone right know but I'll add that later (if anybody does it before).



  • Just a short notice:

    Could also write the Image onto another microSD-card which afterwards booted flawlessly.



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