A way to clone your Pi's SD card without removing it

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A way to clone your Pi's SD card without removing it

Postby esba1ley » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:54 pm

Hey all,

I just used a very useful tool today for cloning a Raspberry Pi, using the Pi to a USB SD card reader, so we don't have to remove our SD cards to back up our Spirit Rovers...

The tool is here, and it's pretty well documented:

https://github.com/billw2/rpi-clone

Kevin: we should probably include this pre-installed on an image eventually, just to make backing up or cloning a memory card easier to users. Just a suggestion.
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Re: A way to clone your Pi's SD card without removing it

Postby esba1ley » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:56 pm

This tool also allowed me to take an install that was on a 128GB cheap card (unreliable in the Pi) and downsize an already-working install to a 32GB higher-quality SanDisk card... so it has more utility than just backing things up.
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Erik S. Bailey
Entry, Descent, and Landing Aerospace Engineer
Maker, and Musician
SpiritRover Kickstarter Backer #460


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