pieye70
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Raspbian and SD Card

Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:57 pm

Hi

Just got my hands on a PI Zero, and I am sure this has come up before, but why on a 32gb SD card have I only got 19mb of space left on it after installing Raspbian OS. I thought it would be a more efficient OS than this, very tight and lightweight.

Seems a lot of wasted space to me (or am I being to harsh).
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Re: Raspbian and SD Card

Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:01 pm

You are not "harsh" you are simply ignorant :P
The FAT partition is so small because the bulk of the capacity of the card is now used for a Linux partition.
Windows does not report it because Microsoft chooses to ignore it a "not invented by us".
There is nothing wrong.

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Re: Raspbian and SD Card

Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:45 am

To clarify, and also for anyone who comes across this post in future, I'm going to explain like they know nothing about this.
Creating the SD card for the Pi divided the card into different "sections" (Partitions). Windows can't see the main Linux (Raspbian) partitions. it can only see one tiny FAT system partition. All the space is still there, but Windows just can't see it. If you want to use the card for something else in the future, just format it in the same way you would format it ready for making the bootable card for the Pi, and it should be back to normal. All the partitions are accessible from the Pi.
I hope this, combined with Mahjonng's post above, explains it to anybody interested.
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Re: Raspbian and SD Card

Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:09 pm

Hi

Thanks for explaining that, I suppose I should eat humble PI :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I feel a lot better now........

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