jimjamz
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Backup Raspberry Pi SD Card via Windows - possible?

Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:06 pm

I have a Raspberry Pi back in the UK that needs to be backed up. The only trouble is I can't do it myself because I'm not there. The people who can don't have access to Linux or know how to use it for that matter. So there's no chance of getting this done by DD.

Is there anyway they can access the partitions on the SD card using a Windows laptop, just to be able to zip up what's on there?

Thanks.

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Re: Backup Raspberry Pi SD Card via Windows - possible?

Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:55 pm

You can use the read function of the Win32diskimager program to make a bit by bit copy of the SD card and save it on your computer.
Note that the resulting image will be = to the size of the entire SD card.
Also when the image is written back to a card the new card must be equal or larger than the image. Quite often cards labeled with the same size are not really the same. Even a few bytes difference (smaller) will make the write fail.
Unless specified otherwise my response is based on the latest and fully updated RPiOS Buster w/ Desktop OS.

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Re: Backup Raspberry Pi SD Card via Windows - possible?

Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:59 pm

Winn32diskimager can be used to read images as well as write them.

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