RaspiFanBoy
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Write Raspberry Pi OS to 64gb sd card without problems?

Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:46 pm

Hi. I have a question. I saw that i need to format 64gb sd cards to fat32. But is that only for NOOBS? Can i write Raspberry Pi OS to the 64gb sd card with the Raspberry Pi imager without formatting or something else?

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Re: Write Raspberry Pi OS to 64gb sd card without problems?

Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:00 pm

Yes, images can be written to any size cards without worrying about previous file systems or formatting.

Just use the Raspberry Pi Imager or Etcher to write and verify your cards (you will need an SDXC compatible card reader to write larger cards as well).


EDIT
I have tested cards as larger as 400GB on Raspberry Pi computers.
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Re: Write Raspberry Pi OS to 64gb sd card without problems?

Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:05 pm

If you use the imager (or Balena Etcher) then there is no pre-formatting needed, the image includes the file system format. Pre-formatting to FAT32 is only needed for NOOBS.
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Re: Write Raspberry Pi OS to 64gb sd card without problems?

Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:44 pm

DougieLawson wrote:
Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:05 pm
If you use the imager (or Balena Etcher) then there is no pre-formatting needed, the image includes the file system format. Pre-formatting to FAT32 is only needed for NOOBS.
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Re: Write Raspberry Pi OS to 64gb sd card without problems?

Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:46 pm

HawaiianPi wrote:
Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:00 pm
Yes, images can be written to any size cards without worrying about previous file systems or formatting.

Just use the Raspberry Pi Imager or Etcher to write and verify your cards (you will need an SDXC compatible card reader to write larger cards as well).


EDIT
I have tested cards as larger as 400GB on Raspberry Pi computers.
Thanks :)

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