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  1.    11 Jan 2016 #1
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    How to Clone Bootable SD Card?


    anyone know if Macrium or other common/good backup/clone package can take an existing good bootable SD Card and clone it to a fresh one? do they need to be exact matches [brand/speed/size] or near-proxy?
    thx
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  2.    11 Jan 2016 #2
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    I just use copy paste from explorer - from 1 SD to another or from ISO image to SD card.

    According to here if it is formatted mbr you might have to mark it active but I never have and they always boot fine.

    Size doesn't matter as long as it fits.
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  3.    11 Jan 2016 #3
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  4.    11 Jan 2016 #4

    Hi there

    A stand alone FREE bootable utility CLONEZILLA might work for you.

    Note : It works fine but DOES take a while.

    Clonezilla - About

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  5.    11 Jan 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by cognus View Post
    anyone know if Macrium or other common/good backup/clone package can take an existing good bootable SD Card and clone it to a fresh one? do they need to be exact matches [brand/speed/size] or near-proxy?
    thx
    One of the few Macrium restrictions is it does not clone sd cards.

    A good and easy tool to do this is win32diskimager.

    You just select source, and target an run it.

    Speed does not matter.
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  6.    11 Jan 2016 #6
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    appreciate the tip. looks like it will do the job

    Quote Originally Posted by cereberus View Post
    One of the few Macrium restrictions is it does not clone sd cards.

    A good and easy tool to do this is win32diskimager.

    You just select source, and target an run it.

    Speed does not matter.
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  7.    11 Jan 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by lx07 View Post
    I just use copy paste from explorer - from 1 SD to another or from ISO image to SD card.

    According to here if it is formatted mbr you might have to mark it active but I never have and they always boot fine.

    Size doesn't matter as long as it fits.
    This works for fat32 drives but no good if you have linux partitions as well eg for a raspberry pi. Win32diskimager works well for this.

    Re last comment of yours, I hope your partner agrees :-).
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  8.    11 Jan 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by cereberus View Post
    Re last comment of yours, I hope your partner agrees :-).
    Thought that slipped through unnoticed (oops )
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  9.    12 Jan 2016 #9
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    Macrium, clonezilla, Easeus todo back free, of of them can create good bootable disc/USB/SD card. Just create a new one and save to the other SD card.
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  10.    13 Jan 2016 #10
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    i'm suspicious of a couple of these suggestions; Android, as an example, uses Windows systems for a lot of tasks [very clever of Google to plan such and incorporate]. there are hidden files there that do not easily expose unless other utilities are used. I would imagine that to be true with SD cards used on other linux systems.
    so, my fault, but let me be more exact:
    Case 1: Windows 7/8/10-bootable SD Cards with programs and data. What package to use, and do the cards have to be EXACT matches, CLASS matches, and/or Size matches [assuming the total space required is adequate]

    Case 2: SD cards formatted for use on Android [OSX?] or other Linux distros - can these be cloned using Windows and how?

    if i had a range of cards I would do some experimenting but unfortunately I don't. have 2 different 8gb heavily used and not to be tampered with other than the above; 2 16GB, 1 32GB. And actually a couple of these are micro-sd using usb adapters, typically
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