Simple tutorial - SD card image backup [OSX/MAC]

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  1. memz5k
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    This is a simple tutorial for how to backup your SD to an image file for
    future restores.

    This can be useful if you are upgrading too higher capacity storage medium i.e 16gb>32gb>64gb>128gb but it won't work from higher capacity to lower.

    I know this may be obvious for alot but for those that don't know, hopefully it be useful.

    This will backup your emuNAND. I am using an 16GB SD card for my backup.

    - Download ApplePi-Maker from
    http://www.tweaking4all.com/hardware/raspberry-pi/macosx-apple-pi-baker/

    - Launch the App and it will ask you for 'admin password' before proceeding further, enter your password and then choose your SD from the list on the left. *See screenshot for reference*
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    - Next click on 'create backup' and it ask you for location to save the .img file, once you named your file and clicked next, sit back and get a drink this can take up to 15mins depending on the size of your SD card. *See screenshot for reference*
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    - Once its complete you should get a .img file which is an 1-1 image backup off your SD which contains all your partitions (emuNAND) and files. *See screenshot for reference*
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    Like with your NAND.bin, keep this file safe and use it if you mess up and back to start from a working SD card.

    Enjoy.
     
    Last edited by memz5k, Jan 25, 2016
  2. pre10c

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    can this be used to change for a bigger sd card? ie. from a 32gb to a 64gb?
     
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    i dont see why not
     
  4. FM360

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    Can't you also use Disk Utility to back up the emunand? ApplePi-Baker isn't really meant to backup SD cards into img files for normal use.
     
  5. IpsoFact0

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    what do u mean? it does the job just fine
     
  6. FM360

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    The program is meant to be used for making raspberry-pi partitions. But I guess it also gets the job done.
     
  7. memz5k
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    Yes you can.

    ApplePi-Baker just uses the built-in DD OSX commands. This is just got a gui to make it simple

    Example, after unmounting sd-card.
    sudo dd if=/dev/disk2 of=sdcard2016.img.dd bs=512
     
    Last edited by memz5k, Jan 24, 2016
  8. mashers

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    Why not just use Disk Utility? It's built in and has a much simpler interface.
     
  9. memz5k
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    It gets the job done.
     
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    So does this mean we won't need the emunand transfer tool anymore?
     
  11. memz5k
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    I guess whatever is your preferred method works, but this is an entire backup image of the SD card, so all files and partitions which includes emuNAND.