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SD Card Format tool

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:28 am
by raspfly
As mentioned in the download section, a new SD card needs to be formatted by tools from this link : https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/ but as there are no tools mentioned for Linux users what is the best Linux alternative for that ?
Can I use Gparted ?

Re: SD Card Format tool

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:43 am
by raspfly
Oh ! its mentioned on other pages.
Sorry for posting here.

Re: SD Card Format tool

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:54 am
by Fidelius
raspfly wrote:Can I use Gparted ?
Yes, it works very well to format and partition also SD cards used in the PI.

And instead of using a console tool like "dd" to copy a downloaded Raspberry OS raw image file to a SD card, I find a GUI tool much more handy, like for example Redhat's "palimpsest". It's included in typical Debian based Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Raspbian, etc in the package "gnome-disk-utility" (i.e. a simple apt-get install <this-package> will do the trick).
With palimpsest you can not only backups partitions of a drive (like a SD card) with a few mouse clicks, but also an entire drive (like the PI's SD card) to a file, or the other way round (for example copy that downloaded Raspbian or RISCO OS ".img" image file directly onto your SD card).

Re: SD Card Format tool

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:25 am
by raspfly
Fidelius wrote:
raspfly wrote:Can I use Gparted ?
Yes, it works very well to format and partition also SD cards used in the PI.

And instead of using a console tool like "dd" to copy a downloaded Raspberry OS raw image file to a SD card, I find a GUI tool much more handy, like for example Redhat's "palimpsest". It's included in typical Debian based Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Raspbian, etc in the "package gnome-disk-utility" (i.e. a simple apt-get install <this-package> will do the trick). With palimpsest you can not only backups partitions of a drive (like a SD card) but also an entire drive (like the PI's SD card) to a file, or the other way round, with a few mouse clicks. Very handy.
Thats nice !
Thanks

Re: SD Card Format tool

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:23 pm
by abby741
It's included in typical Debian based Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Raspbian, etc in the package "gnome-disk-utility" (i.e. a simple apt-get install <this-package> will do the trick).

Re: SD Card Format tool

Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:30 am
by sniper825
The simple way to run SD Formatter on Linux is to use a popular application called Wine, which allows you to run Windows .EXE files on linux: https://www.winehq.org/download/
Hope this helps! :)

Re: SD Card Format tool

Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:29 pm
by DougieLawson
sniper825 wrote:The simple way to run SD Formatter on Linux is to use a popular application called Wine, which allows you to run Windows .EXE files on linux: https://www.winehq.org/download/
Hope this helps! :)
Why would you want to do that. There are better tools that run natively on Linux.

Take a look at parted and gparted (GUI version).

Re: SD Card Format tool

Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 11:23 pm
by sprinkmeier
sniper825 wrote:The simple way to run SD Formatter on Linux is to use a popular application called Wine, which allows you to run Windows .EXE files on linux: https://www.winehq.org/download/
Hope this helps! :)
The simple way to train a guard dog is to start with a cat and alter its DNA until it barks.

Seriously, formatting is pretty low-level stuff. I wouldn't use an emulator (or API compatibility layer, or whatever Wine is) to do that unless I _really_ had to.
There are plenty of good native solutions for stuff like this.
If you really like a particular Windows tool then just install Windows. It's expensive, but usually not that difficult to install (on generic desktop hardware, laptops can be a challenge), and there are plenty of HowTo's on the 'net to help you.

Re: SD Card Format tool

Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 11:50 pm
by Joe Schmoe
Keep in mind that both of the commonly stated "requirements", found in the docs on this site and in the various web tuts, that state that you MUST use both the SD formatting tool and "Win32DiskImager" - both of these "requirements" are horse-puckey.

You don't need (and, really, should not use) either of these.

I've set up many many Pi boot media sets and I've never used (or even downloaded or had anything to do with) either of these dorky tools.