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  • Duplicating Rasberry Pi Images

    August 17th, 2022
    jammer, tech
    About a year ago I moved my rhythm stage setup over to run on a Raspberry Pi. I really like having a small light box that does just this one thing. Currently I have two of them, one for the whistle synth and one for everything else.

    Because I wanted some insurance against failures at gigs, both boxes are configured identically, and decide which role to take on based on what inputs they receive. This means that if one of them fails I can use the other, for either bass whistling or midi silliness depending on which I need more.

    When Kingfisher played our first dance weekend a month ago, this did happen. I think the SD card on one of the boxes was corrupted by a bad shutdown. Since I have extra SD cards, I decided to make some SD card clones.

    On my Mac this looked like:

    $ diskutil list
    /dev/disk0 (internal):
       #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
       0:      GUID_partition_scheme                         500.3 GB   disk0
       1:             Apple_APFS_ISC                         524.3 MB   disk0s1
       2:                 Apple_APFS Container disk3         494.4 GB   disk0s2
       3:        Apple_APFS_Recovery                         5.4 GB     disk0s3
    /dev/disk3 (synthesized):
       #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
       0:      APFS Container Scheme -                      +494.4 GB   disk3
                                     Physical Store disk0s2
       1:                APFS Volume Macintosh HD            15.4 GB    disk3s1
       2:              APFS Snapshot com.apple.os.update-... 15.4 GB    disk3s1s1
       3:                APFS Volume Preboot                 446.8 MB   disk3s2
       4:                APFS Volume Recovery                822.2 MB   disk3s3
       5:                APFS Volume Data                    251.1 GB   disk3s5
       6:                APFS Volume VM                      1.1 GB     disk3s6
    /dev/disk4 (internal, physical):
       #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
       0:     FDisk_partition_scheme                        *31.3 GB    disk4
       1:             Windows_FAT_32 boot                    268.4 MB   disk4s1
       2:                      Linux                         31.0 GB    disk4s2

    Seems like the SD card is /dev/disk4.

    $ diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk4
    Unmount of all volumes on disk4 was successful
    Best to unmount it before reading from it, and required before writing to it.

    I made an image:

    $ time sudo dd if=/dev/disk4 of=~/Desktop/rpi.dmg
    61069312+0 records in
    61069312+0 records out
    31267487744 bytes transferred in 807.574215 secs (38717789 bytes/sec)
    real        13m27.618s
    user        0m12.921s
    sys         4m47.337s

    Swap the SD card for another, diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk4 again, then write the image:

    time sudo dd if=~/Desktop/rpi.dmg of=/dev/disk4
    61069312+0 records in
    61069312+0 records out
    31267487744 bytes transferred in 4960.289760 secs (6303561 bytes/sec)
    real        82m40.324s
    user        0m16.477s
    sys         3m51.574s

    Pop the card out, put it in the Raspberry Pi, and it works!

    I compressed the image to save for later:

    $ cat ~/Desktop/rpi.dmg | gzip > ~/Desktop/rpi.dmg.gz
    $ du -hs ~/Desktop/rpi.dmg*
     29G /Users/jeffkaufman/Desktop/rpi.dmg
    1.0G /Users/jeffkaufman/Desktop/rpi.dmg.gz

    Looking forward to playing Spark in the Dark a week from Saturday with a little more tech redundancy!

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