Burning images on Mac (OSX) the easy way
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[edit] big kudos to TheWoofies he may have the simplest and most comprehensive walk-though for burning an image on Mac - see his post lower down in this thread

Hello everyone,

Killorf has brought to my attention the ApplePi Baker for OSX - a simple GUI utility for burning DD images on Mac. This makes things a bit easier for newbies who would otherwise need to fiddle with DD in terminal. 

The process of burning the chosen image to the SD card is akin to win32imager on Windows. It is as simple as choosing the SD card as the destination to burn the image to (left-hand side), selecting the downloaded image (right-hand side) and pressing "restore backup" (see attached pictures).   

The utility also allows you to create backups of your SD cards. 

Hope this helps some of the less experienced users :Smile

   
   
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#2
Great! I have always thought that DD was too complex for the average user and so it is good to see that the Mac folks have an equivalent to Win32DiskImager.
#3
Just so you know, I used SD Formatter (https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/index.html) from the SD Card association to format my card. Thanks Luke!
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(06-23-2016, 11:44 AM)killorfb Wrote: Just so you know, I used SD Formatter (https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/index.html) from the SD Card association to format my card. Thanks Luke!

trying to flash 64gb rooted android LCD to a 64gb sd card. i get a warning after clicking of "Restore Backup" saying the image size is larger than the storage size. the difference is 1,978,662,912 bytes... "android-rooted-ver5.1.1-lcd-version-20160603-pine64-64GB" is 679.2mb. what is wrong? please help, i want to use my battery and LCD.

Matt
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(06-23-2016, 09:15 PM)Bluphire Wrote:
(06-23-2016, 11:44 AM)killorfb Wrote: Just so you know, I used SD Formatter (https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/index.html) from the SD Card association to format my card. Thanks Luke!

trying to flash 64gb rooted android LCD to a 64gb sd card. i get a warning after clicking of "Restore Backup" saying the image size is larger than the storage size. the difference is 1,978,662,912 bytes... "android-rooted-ver5.1.1-lcd-version-20160603-pine64-64GB" is 679.2mb. what is wrong? please help, i want to use my battery and LCD.

Matt

It sounds like the capacity of your microSD is slightly smaller than the 64GB image you are trying to burn. Slight variations in storage capacity do occur between card brands. This issue is being worked on.

Best thing for now, just to test things out, is to try burning the available 32GB image to your 64GB card instead.
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(06-23-2016, 09:15 PM)Bluphire Wrote:
(06-23-2016, 11:44 AM)killorfb Wrote: Just so you know, I used SD Formatter (https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/index.html) from the SD Card association to format my card. Thanks Luke!

trying to flash 64gb rooted android LCD to a 64gb sd card. i get a warning after clicking of "Restore Backup" saying the image size is larger than the storage size. the difference is 1,978,662,912 bytes... "android-rooted-ver5.1.1-lcd-version-20160603-pine64-64GB" is 679.2mb. what is wrong? please help, i want to use my battery and LCD.

Matt

Ghost is correct. Please see this thread where we discuss the size of SDs. The problem is,  of course, that its difficult to resize the partitions on droid (I tried, failed and gave up). If you have access to a Win10 PC then I suggest you give Phoenix a go (If not install Win in VM or try Wine). While not ideal you can just try burning the 32gb img for now
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#7
I ended up burning a 32gb image to the 62.5gb(actual) PNY sd card. It was successful. currently in the process of burning Remix 2.0 for a 32gb sd card. excited to try it. will be happy when somebody finds a way to utilize the other half of my sd cards though.

matt
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Here is a simple method to burn a OS image onto a MicroSD card, (without using dd)
I used an application called Etcher to flash the MicroSD (It's Free and works on Mac)
Here are the steps:

1. Download the OS from the Pine64 Downloads at http://bit.ly/Pine64OSDownloads  (On the download site there should be multiple downloads for different sizes of OS, choose the one closest to the size of your MicroSD card)

2. Download Etcher from http://www.etcher.io 

3. (If the image is in a .zip file, which it most likely is or it would take forever to download)
You need to use an application called "The Unarchiver" (This app extracts the OS from a ZIP file) --note: Zip is a compressed file--
Download: http://bit.ly/TheUnarchiverDownload

4. Once all is downloaded/installed find your .zip OS file and right click on it. Then with your mouse hover over "Open With" and click on "The Unarchiver" (recommended) and chose to put the file somewhere on the desktop.

5. Once that has completed Extracting, open Etcher and once it's opened it may ask for your computer password. Enter that. It allowed it access to the inputted MicroSD card

6. After all those steps are done, the application should look like the image shown below. The first thing you click on is the Select Image button. From there find your IMG file (probably on your desktop) and select it and click open (don't open the actual file just click the button that says open) 

7. Make sure under drive you select the correct one, it will most likely be the only one there.

8. Click Start or flash.

9. Just wait for it to complete, it auto ejects the disk once completed. (getting thirsty.. Quote from video)

10. Plug in your MicroSD card to the Pine, and enjoy.


I hope this helped.  Using these steps I was able to get working version of RemixOS. Some things to note about Remix that most of you already know. Make sure not to have the ethernet cord plugged in when booting, because it interferes with booting. Also, for me I don't know why but when I had the wifi/bluetooth chip in it, and tried to boot it didn't work until I removed it then booted it. Once it finished booting, I put the chip back in and all was good. Then got google play to work and watched Netflix.. Obviously..
I want to make a shout out to someone who helped me:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55vXGxYgQco&ab_channel=MickMake


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(06-27-2016, 05:52 PM)TheWoofies Wrote: Here is a simple method to burn a OS image onto a MicroSD card, (without using dd)
I used an application called Etcher to flash the MicroSD (It's Free and works on Mac)
Here are the steps:

1. Download the OS from the Pine64 Downloads at http://bit.ly/Pine64OSDownloads  (On the download site there should be multiple downloads for different sizes of OS, choose the one closest to the size of your MicroSD card)

2. Download Etcher from http://www.etcher.io 

3. (If the image is in a .zip file, which it most likely is or it would take forever to download)
You need to use an application called "The Unarchiver" (This app extracts the OS from a ZIP file) --note: Zip is a compressed file--
Download: http://bit.ly/TheUnarchiverDownload

4. Once all is downloaded/installed find your .zip OS file and right click on it. Then with your mouse hover over "Open With" and click on "The Unarchiver" (recommended) and chose to put the file somewhere on the desktop.

5. Once that has completed Extracting, open Etcher and once it's opened it may ask for your computer password. Enter that. It allowed it access to the inputted MicroSD card

6. After all those steps are done, the application should look like the image shown below. The first thing you click on is the Select Image button. From there find your IMG file (probably on your desktop) and select it and click open (don't open the actual file just click the button that says open) 

7. Make sure under drive you select the correct one, it will most likely be the only one there.

8. Click Start or flash.

9. Just wait for it to complete, it auto ejects the disk once completed. (getting thirsty.. Quote from video)

10. Plug in your MicroSD card to the Pine, and enjoy.


I hope this helped.  Using these steps I was able to get working version of RemixOS. Some things to note about Remix that most of you already know. Make sure not to have the ethernet cord plugged in when booting, because it interferes with booting. Also, for me I don't know why but when I had the wifi/bluetooth chip in it, and tried to boot it didn't work until I removed it then booted it. Once it finished booting, I put the chip back in and all was good. Then got google play to work and watched Netflix.. Obviously..
I want to make a shout out to someone who helped me:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55vXGxYgQco&ab_channel=MickMake

will "Etcher" free up the extra 1.5gb needed on my SD card to install a 64gb OS on my 64gb (62.5gb actual) sd card?

Matt
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Bluphire


"will "Etcher" free up the extra 1.5gb needed on my SD card to install a 64gb OS on my 64gb (62.5gb actual) sd card?"


Reply:

No, but MickMake told me that most OS's are made smaller just because of that problem.
But etcher does it pretty much put the OS onto the MicroSD, and format it to be runnable.
It can't change the MicroSD.
Although, MickMake said there is a work around to it. (But it's tricky and I have no clue how to be honest) "You can increase the filesystem size on the SD card once you've loaded it up. This can be tricky depending on your O/S of course. :-)"
Then I replied back saying "So is this tricking the MicroSD to it being bigger than it actually is?" and he said
 "This is something that probably needs another video! ;-)
But no, not trick it. You are actually expanding the file system to fill the physical space."
So, to me I think you may need to wait for a video, or (just google it.)

Good luck. Sorry if I didn't help that much. 

but me personally I got a 32GB MicroSD and it was really 31.1GB so, I just did the 16GB version. It kinda sucks, but it works. note: (I got lazy and didn't google it)


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