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How can I format an SD card from the graphic interface?

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:06 am
by nerdykit
I like the SD card copier that is now built into the new Pixel desktop but after I copied my working model SD card onto a new card for backup, I made some important changes and decided to go back and make the copy again. It won't work. I get a message that it "Couldn't create partition" and fails. So I have to pull the card out, format it in my desktop computer and then do it again in the pi using SD card copier. Seems to me that there should be some way of reformatting the target SD card from the GUI desktop so that I don't need any hardware but my pi involved in this process. Since the SD card copier is a nice little GUI type program then either the ability to reformat should be built into it or else another small GUI program should be provided to do that task.

NK

Re: How can I format an SD card from the graphic interface?

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:28 am
by HawaiianPi
There is a GUI utility called GNOME Partition Editor (gparted) that can do just about anything you'd want to do to storage media partitions, including format them. Might be a bit more than you want, but give it a try (sudo apt install gparted).

Re: How can I format an SD card from the graphic interface?

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:35 pm
by nerdykit
Thanks, that's a good suggestion. I've installed gparted and then written a two line shell script so that I can easily launch it from the Pixel desktop. It looks as if it will do what I want.

NK

Re: How can I format an SD card from the graphic interface?

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:39 pm
by fruitoftheloom
nerdykit wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:35 pm
Thanks, that's a good suggestion. I've installed gparted and then written a two line shell script so that I can easily launch it from the Pixel desktop. It looks as if it will do what I want.

NK

The Pixel Desktop was expired in Jessie nearly a year ago, therefore you must be running a not only a EOL Raspbian but one not upgraded ??

Re: How can I format an SD card from the graphic interface?

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:12 pm
by nerdykit
I'm running raspbian stretch and I THOUGHT that the Graphic Desktop Interface but was named Pixel but perhaps I'm wrong. Regardless of the name I gave to it, my GUI is the one that is incorporated into that distribution.

NK

Re: How can I format an SD card from the graphic interface?

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:55 pm
by klricks
fruitoftheloom wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:39 pm
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The Pixel Desktop was expired in Jessie nearly a year ago, therefore you must be running a not only a EOL Raspbian but one not upgraded ??
Yes but PIXEL is still mentioned several times in the official RPF docs including the installation guide:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentati ... /README.md
https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentati ... ensaver.md
https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentati ... /README.md

Re: How can I format an SD card from the graphic interface?

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:00 pm
by HawaiianPi
nerdykit wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:12 pm
I'm running raspbian stretch and I THOUGHT that the Graphic Desktop Interface but was named Pixel but perhaps I'm wrong.
I believe it's now officially known as the "Raspberry Pi Desktop" due to a name conflict with another product.

Re: How can I format an SD card from the graphic interface?

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:26 pm
by fruitoftheloom
HawaiianPi wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:00 pm
nerdykit wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:12 pm
I'm running raspbian stretch and I THOUGHT that the Graphic Desktop Interface but was named Pixel but perhaps I'm wrong.
I believe it's now officially known as the "Raspberry Pi Desktop" due to a name conflict with another product.

June 2017

viewtopic.php?f=63&t=186959

Re: How can I format an SD card from the graphic interface?

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:12 pm
by nerdykit
Thanks FOTL, your link to another forum reply thread answers the question about why the PIXEL name is now obsolete but the Desktop lives on. Will try to remove it from my vocabulary and from any Google searches that I undertake which may improve my success rate.

NK