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Cloning SD Cards Using Windows

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:45 pm
by JonnyAlpha
Hi;

I am working on a robotics competition with my local college. I helped them today setup Raspbian with the CamJamEdukit Robotics modules for motor control. They now need to clone this image to four other SD cards using WIndows.
I am a Mac person and can do this on my mac using terminal but have no experience doing this in Windows, so some advice please.

What's the best way to clone a SD Card to an image which can then be burnt to a fresh SD Card using something like Etcher.

Many thanks

Re: Cloning SD Cards Using Windows

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:25 pm
by FTrevorGowen
JonnyAlpha wrote: Hi;

I am working on a robotics competition with my local college. I helped them today setup Raspbian with the CamJamEdukit Robotics modules for motor control. They now need to clone this image to four other SD cards using WIndows.
I am a Mac person and can do this on my mac using terminal but have no experience doing this in Windows, so some advice please.

What's the best way to clone a SD Card to an image which can then be burnt to a fresh SD Card using something like Etcher.

Many thanks
Whilst I can't give you a "Windows specific answer" (someone else probably can), since they're using Raspbian (Lite, Desktop or "Full"**), would it be possible to use Raspbian's own "built-in" cloning tool with a USB-based card reader/writer? (That's what I've done - only other family members use Windows m/c's, my "other computer" is a Gigabyte Brix running Debian)
Trev.
** https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/

Re: Cloning SD Cards Using Windows

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:51 pm
by Andyroo
Assuming they are not still on XP or Vista (seen worse) then I would use https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/ if my Mac was not handy.

NOTE: - You will have to change the Pi name / any local static address definitions and thats best done with the Pi OFF the network. Its a bit of a pain if its WiFi is configured - in this case, do one at a time with a keyboard / monitor / mouse rather than ssh.

Re: Cloning SD Cards Using Windows

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:38 am
by IanS
With any imaging tool that copies the entire media, whether allocated to a partition or not, be aware that not all SD cards are the same capacity for a given label. An '8GB' card might vary slightly from one manufacturer to another. Copying card1 -> image -> card2 will work if card2 is the same size or larger than card1, but not if it is smaller.