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Disk full after fresh installation - nothing is working

Posted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 8:50 pm
by klappsthuul
Hello,

I've got a new Raspberry Pi and did a fresh installation of NOOBS v1.3.3 on a 4 GB SD card. It is said that this is big enough. Nothing is working because the disk is 100% full. Even globbing (hitting the tab key to autocomplete a path) does not work, it is interrupted by a message that says that there is no more space on the device left. This is confirmed by the output of df.

This is a beginner's machine. I am expecting that the most basic things should work. But obviously, they don't. I have no idea which file could be deletef. Do I really need to buy a bigger SD card?

Thanks in advance.

Re: Disk full after fresh installation - nothing is working

Posted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:31 pm
by DougieLawson
What operating system did you choose from the NOOBS installation menu?
On a 4GB card you can only fit one OS on the card.

Re: Disk full after fresh installation - nothing is working

Posted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:09 pm
by Richard-TX
DougieLawson wrote:What operating system did you choose from the NOOBS installation menu?
On a 4GB card you can only fit one OS on the card.
Agreed! A 4 gig card is the minimum size for raspian 12-20-2013 .

Re: Disk full after fresh installation - nothing is working

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 3:17 am
by toxibunny
Are old versions available anywhere? I remember raspbian fitting on a 2gb card with room to spare, and everything seemed to work fine...

Re: Disk full after fresh installation - nothing is working

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:46 am
by Richard-TX

Re: Disk full after fresh installation - nothing is working

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:30 am
by Freezeline
Don't dispare. I had the same problem using NOOBS-3-3-3. Instead, go to raspberrypi.org, downloads, 2013-12-20 wheezy-raspian for experts. Next I ran the SDFormatter.app and selected the 'overwrite formate'. Make sure that you have selected your SD card. I then used piFiller App to flash 2023-12-20 onto my SD disk. I think that I got the piFiller App from one of the suggestions in the forum.

Hope this helps.

Re: Disk full after fresh installation - nothing is working

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:18 pm
by klappsthuul
Hello,
Freezeline wrote:Don't dispare. I had the same problem using NOOBS-3-3-3. Instead, go to raspberrypi.org, downloads, 2013-12-20 wheezy-raspian for experts.
Hope this helps.
It seems like the download you mentioned does not exist. I could not find it.
DougieLawson wrote:What operating system did you choose from the NOOBS installation menu?
On a 4GB card you can only fit one OS on the card.
This was a newly-formatted card. I got the image on december 24th, 10 P.M (the latest one). I chose raspbian as only operating system. After rebooting, at least globbing works, but the X server does not start it is very likely that this is caused by the overfull SD card. See also:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?p=74457
This is annoying me.

Re: Disk full after fresh installation - nothing is working

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:53 pm
by Freezeline

Re: Disk full after fresh installation - nothing is working

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 3:31 pm
by klappsthuul
That did it. It was even simpler than NOOBS. I just downloaded wheezy-raspbian.zip, extracted it and typed

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cp 2013-12-20-wheezy-raspbian.img /dev/sdb 
Note for users that have similar problems: You have to find out the correct path to your SD card. Im my case, it is /dev/sdb.

No formatting was needed. Everything seems to work fine. Thanks!

Re: Disk full after fresh installation - nothing is working

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:44 pm
by drgeoff
klappsthuul wrote:
That did it. It was even simpler than NOOBS. I just downloaded wheezy-raspbian.zip, extracted it and typed

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cp 2013-12-20-wheezy-raspbian.img /dev/sdb 
Note for users that have similar problems: You have to find out the correct path to your SD card. Im my case, it is /dev/sdb.

No formatting was needed. Everything seems to work fine. Thanks!
I'm very surprised that 'cp' method gave you a working SD card. Are you absolutely sure?

Re: Disk full after fresh installation - nothing is working

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:19 pm
by gsh
I would suggest you use NOOBS lite, this will only use a very small amount of space for the Recovery partition but will require you plug it into the network to install or recover.

The other thing you can do is load NOOBS as you did originally but remove the subdirectories in the os/ directory that you don't want (i.e. if you only want to install Raspbian then you can delete Arch Pidora and Raspbmc this will free up lots of space

Gordon

Re: Disk full after fresh installation - nothing is working

Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:07 pm
by klappsthuul
gsh wrote: I'm very surprised that 'cp' method gave you a working SD card. Are you absolutely sure?
Yes, that's working. I did the same with a new 16 GB SD card. Note that I do not copy the image to /dev/sdb1, but to /dev/sdb, so any filesystem and the partition table will be overwritten.
gsh wrote:I would suggest you use NOOBS lite, this will only use a very small amount of space for the Recovery partition but will require you plug it into the network to install or recover.
Not necessary, cp with the raspbian-image was far easier. :-)