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by CaptainMidnight
Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Image File Utilities
Replies: 164
Views: 15596

Re: Image File Utilities

[(I'm not @RonR, just filling in while you wait for him... ) As far as I recall, @RonR has posted principally in this forum thread - https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=247568 He can't be responsible for other people starting discussions elsewhere. Also see: https://www.raspberr...
by CaptainMidnight
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Image File Utilities
Replies: 164
Views: 15596

Re: Image File Utilities

Hi RonR I've been following some of your helpful posts, this one and 'Running Raspbian from USB Devices : Made Easy' https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=196778 . Certainly found your utilities to be very handy and was just wondering if you hosted them in some sort of GitHut respo...
by CaptainMidnight
Sun Mar 08, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

Hi bzt, it would seem that your program hopefully can transition from release candidate to stable release soon?
by CaptainMidnight
Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

Yes!

Timely updates and bug support, much appreciated my friend - hopefully stable release within touching distance now. :)
by CaptainMidnight
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

bzt, I've got an interesting issue - reported via the gitlab tracking system :!:
by CaptainMidnight
Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

bzt, thanks for the block size selection box I know many may think it a frivolous gui feature - just completes your utility from my perspective. :D
by CaptainMidnight
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

So the conclusion: Win32 Disk Imager does not support compressed images balenaEtcher does, but it takes about twice the time Just to clarify, the timing results were produced with use of USBimager created raw(dd) and compressed (bz2) image files only. * Win32 Disk Imager can work with compressed im...
by CaptainMidnight
Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

Well here we are bzt, a completely successful test write of the raw(dd) image and a recap of the overall standings: - Test compressed image (bz2): usbimager-2020mm241730.dd.bz2 (size: 1,887,044 KB) Test raw image (dd): usbimager-2020mm241720.dd (size: 31,166,976 KB) Image Writer: Write Time: Boot Su...
by CaptainMidnight
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

Please don't waste your time with previous versions, as they won't work under Windows with big images. Try only the latest, build number 2. Cheers, bzt Just download a new version again from GitLab - how do I know it's the new version 2 (presume it would be) - it still displays 0.0.1 in the program...
by CaptainMidnight
Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

Good work bzt, was starting to think I'd lost the plot last night.

I'll ensure I download new versions tonight before some tests. I can't try out the pi version yet as all my units run headless at the moment - buying a lead is in hand haha
by CaptainMidnight
Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:11 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

Hi bzt thanks for your feedback to my testing. Yes those tests were all carried out in Windows 10 Pro. Just for clarification, during the testing, the tests were not carried out in order as presented, when I reverted back near the end of the testing to writing the dd image - for whatever reason USBi...
by CaptainMidnight
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

bzt - not sure what's going on here ..................... After each test write and attempted boot, the uSD card was reformatted back to a single FAT32 partition. Any automatic written image validating time has already been removed from the times, so only pure writing time is listed. Original uSD ca...
by CaptainMidnight
Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

bzt wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:50 pm
Right now :-)
usbimager-armv7l-linux-x11.zip
Whoop whoop!!

Will schedule for testing ................. ;) :D
by CaptainMidnight
Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

bzt, just carrying out some image write tests at the moment - there's already some quite surprisig results ....... Can I just check my understanding of the GitLab description as it was a little confusing (or it could just be me - not uncommon): - USBimager -1 = 2MB blk USBimager -3 = 8MB blk USBimag...
by CaptainMidnight
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

ubuntu Mate 18.04 write results : - Results of 32GB uSD card creation with a previously created compressed image - write time 34mins, with a perfect boot. Current conclusion before more objective testing (see below) I think the read/write times are longer than I would have liked / expected. Any est...
by CaptainMidnight
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Experimental Pi 4 UEFI+ACPI Firmware
Replies: 3
Views: 1007

Re: Experimental Pi 4 UEFI+ACPI Firmware

.... fair valid points, off topic it is then ;)
by CaptainMidnight
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

ubuntu Mate 18.04 read results: -

Results of 32GB uSD card image read with compression selected - read time 44mins, file size 2.8GB with a perfect filename (month displayed).
by CaptainMidnight
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

bzt Switching to ubuntu Mate 18.04 for linux testing. Ran tests under 'sudo' due to initially receiving errors that the volumes couldn't be umounted - that's understandable. ...... well initial testing with ubuntu Mate looks interesting, creating a compressed image file from the previous 32GB uSD ca...
by CaptainMidnight
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

bzt, sorry for the delay, here is some initial testing feedback: - Test equipment used : - Dell Inspiron 13 7373 laptop with 8GB running Windows 10 Pro Transcend USB 3 SD card reader SanDisk Ultra A1 32GB uSD card RPi4B2 Test procedure : - 1. Create known good physical uSD card image of running RPi4...
by CaptainMidnight
Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

Have you considered image-backup ? It creates non-physical backups/clones as well as incremental backups using rsync. The output is a standard image that can be restored to an SD card or USB device using the normal tools (Etcher, imageUSB, etc). @RonR Hi RonR, yes I've played with your image-backup...
by CaptainMidnight
Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New-ish-bie question, Raspbian v10
Replies: 2
Views: 162

Re: New-ish-bie question, Raspbian v10

You have to enable the 64bit kernel by editing the /boot/config.txt file: -

arm_64bit=1

.... and the reboot, sorted!
by CaptainMidnight
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

bzt I salute you sir and will return to the shadows to wait and watch developments with interest.

( ... if I'm able to carryout any testing for you in your program development, I have Windows 10, Ubuntu Mint and RPi4 resources, at which point I'll happily return from the shadows :D )
by CaptainMidnight
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB image writer
Replies: 155
Views: 8528

Re: USB image writer

Dear All, New version. Added "Downloads" folder to the Open File dialog for quick access More checks to detect "Recently Used" files Added more languages, the UI is now translated to 16 languages For small disks, the capacity is shown in megabytes More bullet-proof reading from sysfs under Linux (t...
by CaptainMidnight
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Does this forum have a 'dark' mode ?
Replies: 27
Views: 4414

Re: Does this forum have a 'dark' mode ?

Yes using dark mode in chrome now.
by CaptainMidnight
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Experimental Pi 4 UEFI+ACPI Firmware
Replies: 3
Views: 1007

Re: Experimental Pi 4 UEFI+ACPI Firmware

Don't know why this is 'off topic' and not in the technical or advanced section.

I would be really interested in what the foundation's view on this is and whether they are assisting with it - as it would have some baring on USB boot I would of thought?

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