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Ideal SD Card Size for Raspberry PI 4

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Re: Ideal SD Card Size for Raspberry PI 4

Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:59 pm

SD cards wont ever fit the RPi4B's slot :mrgreen:

You need a microSD card... the most recommended card rating as A1. Am currently using 16GB on this RPi4B-4G Desktop setup.
as the 4GB unit... I dont need to enable the swap file, there is plenty of RAM to go about my usual use-case.
if you enable swap... you risk shortening the life of the microSD card
if you still want a swap... better attach another drive and use a space (not all) in that drive as swap.

if you still want to use SD cards.... you need an SD card to microSD adapter.
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Re: Ideal SD Card Size for Raspberry PI 4

Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:37 am

Minimum size is getting close to 16GB now as the bloating of Raspbian accelerates.

If you choose NOOBS or the full fat (with Mathematica) version those almost won't fit on an 8GB SDCard.

The maximum size is limited only by the available microSD capacity.

There's plenty of anecdotal evidence on here that A1 cards work well.

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Re: Ideal SD Card Size for Raspberry PI 4

Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:24 am

32GB cards are now cheaper than 16GB cards .... ... 162&sr=8-3

If the card does any wear leveling, then a larger card should last longer.
Larger cards are often faster.

I use 64 or 128 GB and forget about space problems (always Sandisk A1 now)

Looking at the prices of the Sandisk A1 Ultra range at Amazon UK:-

16GB £5.99 - 37 pence per GB

32GB £5.25 - 16 pence per GB

64GB £9.90 - 15 pence per GB

its clear that its now pointless buying 16GB

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