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MacOS X – ApplePi Baker – Prep SD-Cards for IMG or NOOBS

MacOS X – ApplePi Baker – Prep SD-Cards for IMG or NOOBS
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After writing the article on “How to get an Operating System on a SD-Card“, I realized that the existing methods and tools were to my liking. Of course the existing tools are most certainly not bad and work just fine. I just didn’t like how they worked.

So instead of complaining, I decided to write my own program: The ApplePi-Baker 

This application is for MacOS X only and allows you to prepare an SD-Card for use with Raspberry Pi’s NOOBS, and it allows you to “flash” and IMG file to an SD-Card. ApplePi-Baker can now also be found on AlternativeTo.net and eLinux.org.

Note : This application is also very suitable for creating or restoring an IMG  backup of USB drives!




ApplePi-Baker – Overview

For MacOS X users that have read the article on “How to get an Operating System on a SD-Card“; there are several ways to flash an IMG file on an SD-card, or create NOOBS SD-cards.

None of these tools or methods were to my liking so I threw together an application that can do it the way I like it: The ApplePi-Baker.

Changes in v1.6:

– Compression for Restore and Backup on the fly (ZIP, 7ZIP and GZIP).
– “Abort” button to abort a restore or backup process.
– Authentication through SUDO instead of the Apple Security dialog (please report issues).

Changes in v1.5/v1.5.1:

– Compression of Backup IMG to a ZIP file (with progress-bar).
– Supports USB drives now as well.
– Compatible with other filesystems like ext3 or ext4.

Changes in v1.4:

– Bug fix (SD-card size)
– Speed improvement

Changes in v1.3:

– Minor bug fixed in detecting SD-Cards and SD-Card readers
– Cosmetic change: Window wide oriented
– Cosmetic change: All elements are now Retinizer compatible (use it to make it Retina style)
– Cosmetic change: Removed resizer icon (lower left corner)

Changes in v1.2:

– Fixed minor bug with USB SD-Card readers
– Changed “Look” a little bit

Changes in v1.1:

– Improved SD Card detection: detect weirdly partitioned SD-Card (after screwed up dd) properly
– Fixed error message after clicking “Write IMG to SD-Card” and not selecting a file
– Fixed random numbers in speed and ETA indication at startup of IMG writing
– Added filesize vs SD-Card size verification
– Added option to backup an SD-Card

Some key points:

  • It’s FREE!
  • Easy detection of the SD-Card device
  • Quick creation of NOOBS disk
  • Fast flashing of an IMG file to SD-Card
  • Easy way to create an IMG backup of your SD-Card

 

Copyright, Pricing & Liability 

It appears that stuff like this is needed, so before you start using ApplePi-Baker:

  • This application is TOTALLY FREE! Nobody is to charge you a penny for it … and yes it’s copyrighted!
  • You’re using the application at your own risk – so it can fry your computer and make your house implode …
  • I created this application for MY OWN personal use – so keep in mind that I’m not your personal helpdesk.

TIP 

Images previously created with “dd” are the same format as so called “.img” files.
A previously made “dd” image can be used, by simply adding the extension “.img”.
(Thanks John!)

 

Most recent version (recommended):

DOWNLOAD - ApplePi-Baker 

Platform: Mac OS X
Filename: ApplePi-Baker.zip
Version: 1.6
Size: 3.6 MiB
Date: June 26, 2014
 Download Now 

Previous (non-SUDO) version:

Use this version in case you’re experiencing issues with your password (please report in the comment section below).

DOWNLOAD - ApplePi-Baker 

Platform: Mac OS X
Filename: ApplePi-Baker-1.5.1.zip
Version: 1.5.1
Size: 2.0 MiB
Date: May 30, 2014
 Download Now 

Caution!! 

This application can DESTROY ALL DATA on the selected drive – so pay attention to what you’re doing!

ApplePi-Baker – Interface

The interface of ApplePi-Baker is straight forward (and yes I tried to be funny) …

You’ll find 4 “sections” in the ApplePi-Baker screen.

  • Status bar
  • Pi-Crust: Possible SD-Cards
  • Pi-Ingredients: Build a NOOBS SD-Card
  • Pi-Ingredients: Flash an IMG file to SD-Card
  • Pi-in-the-Freezer – Make an SD-Card backup

 

Retina Users 

For those that use a Mac with a Retina screen: Use Retinizer to make the application look better on a Retina screen (Thank Thorin for the tip!).
Unfortunately, at this time anyway, Lazarus Pascal still uses Carbon components, …

 

MacOS X ApplePi-Baker - User Interface

MacOS X ApplePi-Baker – User Interface

As of version 1.6, an Authentication window will appear at startup, which will ask your user password. This is the password you use when logging into your Mac and is needed for SUDO access.  Rest assured, the password will not be saved and the password will not be used in command line statements (ie. remains invisible in process manager lists).

Per session the password will only be asked once. After restarting ApplePi-Baker, the password will be asked again.

As far as I know, this should work for every user, however the user should be member of the Admin user group (I believe this is done by default). Please report issues in the comments below.

ApplePi-Baker - New authentication window

ApplePi-Baker – New authentication window

Selecting your SD-Card

The “Pi-Crust: Possible SD-Cards” section shows a list of possible SD-Card devices. This can be a SD-Card in the card reader in your Mac or an USB-Card reader.

The device is indicated as the actual device name (i.e. /dev/disk1), including size (i.e. 16.6 Gb) and the protocol (USB or SD).

The list can be refreshed by clicking the refresh button (top right) and a selected device can be ejected by using the eject button (bottom right).

How to create a NOOBS SD-Card

After clicking the desired device, click the “Prep NOOBS Card” button in the “Pi-Ingredients: NOOBS recipe” section.

This will first erase the entire disk, create one single partition (MBR) and format it FAT-32 so it will be ready for NOOBS use.
More details about NOOBS can be found on the Raspberry website or in “How to get an Operating System on a SD-Card” article.
Simply put: unzip the NOOBS ZIP file and drag the files on the SD-Card and boot your Raspberry Pi with this SD-Card.

How to flash an IMG to SD-Card

In the “Pi-Ingredients: IMG Recipe” section, one can flash an IMG file to your SD-Card.

Clicking the “IMG to SD-Card” button will open a dialog, asking you to select an IMG file or a compressed IMG file (ZIP, 7Zip, GZip).
If however you used the “” button next to the “IMG file:” field, then no file dialog will appear and the file selected there will be used instead (practical if you’d like to flash the same image more than once).

The process for flashing an IMG is a little more complicated:
First the device will be totally erased and a single partition will be created (FAT-32/MBR).
After that the partition will be unmounted and the IMG file will overwrite the entire device (just like when you use “dd”).

Both speed and ETA will be indicated in the status bar.

How to create an IMG backup of your SD-Card

Creating an SD-Car backup is easy: simply select the device you’d like to backup, and click the “Backup SD-Card” button in the “Pi-in-the-Freezer” section.

This will create an IMG backup of your SD-Card with the option to Zip, GZip of 7Zip de IMG file on the fly.
Note that the filesize of the backup, no matter how much space you use on your SD-Card, will be exactly the size of the SD-Card.
Restoring such an IMG file might come with complications when the target SD-Card is not exactly the same sime (or bigger).

Both speed and ETA will be indicated in the status bar.

Abort Button

As of version 1.6, an “Abort” button has been introduced, allowing you to abort/cancel any restore or backup process.

Be aware though that aborting a restore might leave you with a corrupted SD-card or USB-drive – repartitioning or restoring another image will make the card or drive useable as usual.

The button only appears when a process can be aborted.

ApplePi-Baker - New "Abort" button

ApplePi-Baker – New “Abort” button

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  • Jan 18, 2014 - 1:39 PM - Mike Comment Link

    I tried to add a comment to your ApplePi-Baker but WP wouldn’t let me type into the comment field.  Anyway, I love ApplePi-Baker.  It’s a big time saver. Thanks!

    Reply

    Mike

    • Jan 18, 2014 - 1:55 PM - hans Comment Link

      Thanks Mike,

      I’m not sure why WP refused your comment, anyhow I moved to the correct article.
      Thanks for the positive feedback – I know the app is not rocket science, but it makes my life easier … glad it does for you as well 

      Reply

      hans

    • Dec 20, 2014 - 7:43 PM - john Comment Link

      Hi Just to post this some where – when I go to your link, attempt to download the app the ” freeware RAR App” triggers my virus protection software with the  Genieo malware hack. Thought you should know that – so I am back to the old dd commands which work ok but you have to be in terminal mode …..

      maybe i will try your app on a non-production Mac

      thanks

      John

      Reply

      john

      • Dec 22, 2014 - 2:13 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Hi John,

        I’m unaware of anything triggering a download of “freeware RAR App”, can you tell me where you found that?
        I do not recall ApplePi-Baker using this since internally it uses 7zip?
        (have not used it myself for about 4 months now due to traveling)

        Please let me know where this occurs …

        Reply

        hans

        • Jan 2, 2015 - 4:31 AM - Richard Comment Link

          Hi,

          I tried this morning to install ApplePi-Backer. However my Norton virus checker warned me about the Genieo Virus. So you better have a look at it and double check this source.

          It is too bad, I really would give this tool a try

          Richard

          Reply

          Richard

        • Jan 2, 2015 - 4:42 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          Hi Richard,

          Like John said:
          One of the ads of Google appears misleading (something called “FreeRar”, displaying a big download button – which does not appear when I keep refreshing the page, so if you have the link, then please let me know so I can have Google block it).

          ApplePi-Baker itself is virus free, and can be found in the very large green download boxes above … I only provide downloads directly from my own servers (v1.6 can be downloaded here, and v1.5 can be downloaded here – These are the same links as offered in the large green boxes).

          In case you ran into the misleading Google ad, then I apologize for the confusion … 

          Reply

          hans

  • Feb 11, 2014 - 12:51 AM - Thorin Comment Link

    Hello,

    Just download and use ApplePi Baker. Love it so much. Thanks. It’s outstanding from others. 

    Could it support Retina-display in next version? The current display is too low to display correctly on Retina-display (screenshot here: http://bit.ly/1crpLNi). 

    Reply

    Thorin

    • Feb 11, 2014 - 11:28 AM - hans Comment Link

      Hi Thorin,

      Nice to hear that you like it, thank you for letting me know … 

      As for Retina support: Yeah, I’d love to, but I’ve developed this app with Lazarus Free Pascal, which doesn’t support Cocoa natively yet (needed for Retina) and still relies on Carbon  … as soon as Cocoa is support I will release a Retina version (I have a Retina Macbook pro so I’d benefit from it myself as well).

      Thanks again!

      Reply

      hans

      • Feb 11, 2014 - 12:04 PM - Thorin Comment Link

        It’s nice to know that you got a plan with Retina display. Your app, again, is very stable, reliable and hit the nail on the head. I have just found out there’s an app named Retinizer for better display with ApplePi-Baker. You can try it here: http://retinizer.mikelpr.com. It can help a little bit while we’re waiting for Cocoa. 

        One more suggestion, I realized that the height of the app is much longer than the width, and we cannot adjust it. It’s not proportionate at all (on our screen display, the width is longer than the heigh, right?). It’s just my suggestion, and it’s still your call. 

        Because I love your app, thus I always wanna it better. 

        Reply

        Thorin

      • Feb 11, 2014 - 12:21 PM - hans Comment Link

        I had never heard of Retinizer … interesting App, but it seems that it doesn’t modify the binary, just on a per user level?
        I’ll have to play with it a little bit. But it’s most certainly a good tip for other users.

        I do like you suggestion, so I’m taking note of your request to make the app wider, so everything appears a bit more proportion.
        Depending on when Cocoa support will be available for Lazarus, I’ll modify the interface at the same time or before Cocoa is supported.

        Thanks again! 

        Reply

        hans

        • Feb 11, 2014 - 12:25 PM - Thorin Comment Link

          Thank you so much! 

          Reply

          Thorin

        • Feb 12, 2014 - 12:41 PM - hans Comment Link

          Check it out Thorin …  …

          Per you suggestions:
          Made the app wider, and I replaced the components that didn’t work well with Retinizer … (except for the logo image).

          Hope you like it … Enjoy! 

          (and don’t forget sharing the link )

          Reply

          hans

          • Feb 12, 2014 - 10:59 PM - Thorin Comment Link

            Ooohh, it’s so cool dude. Really awesome. Everything seems to be perfect with proportion and works well with Retinizer. Very appriciated your effort thus far. I’m very willing to share this. Thank you.

            Thorin

          • Feb 13, 2014 - 3:05 PM - hans Comment Link

            Glad you like it  … thanks again for the kind words and good tips!

            hans

  • Feb 12, 2014 - 12:42 PM - hans Comment Link

    ApplePi-Baker v1.3 available.

    Reply

    hans

    • May 1, 2014 - 1:56 AM - Pierluigi Comment Link

      Hi Hans!

      Very nice works! It works without problems!

      Only one thing tha probably is a little bug(little!!)

      When I make a SD backup and try to restore it (on the same SD) an alert appear and it say that the img size is a bit bigger than SD size! If I chose “continue” the restore is successfull…

      Any explanation?? Thank you for great work!!

      Reply

      Pierluigi

      • May 1, 2014 - 9:19 AM - hans Comment Link

        Hi Pierluigi! 

        Glad it works well for you as well …
        As far as the image goes: it uses “dd” to make an image of the entire SD card.
        The fine details why an image might be a few bytes bigger than the size of the original SD card is a mystery to me as well.
        I’ll have to look into that, it might also be a “rounding” error.

        Reply

        hans

        • May 1, 2014 - 12:58 PM - Pierluigi Comment Link

          Thank you for your ultra-fast reply!!

          And thank you for your support!

          Hope you will investigate! I will stay tuned!!

          Have a nude day!

          Reply

          Pierluigi

        • May 2, 2014 - 2:02 PM - hans Comment Link

          I just released v1.4 – it should address the problem you ran into. 

          Reply

          hans

          • May 3, 2014 - 3:24 AM - Pierluigi Comment Link

            Thanks a lot!!

            I will try it tomorrow! (Now i’m in other city!)

            Ps naturally my previous post was: “Have a nice day!”

            Sorry for bad typing!!

            Thank you again!

            Pierluigi

          • May 3, 2014 - 7:34 AM - hans Comment Link

            Haha  … yeah I figured you wanted to say “nice” … couldn’t help laughing about it .

            hans

  • Feb 19, 2014 - 7:29 AM - FredP Comment Link

    Yess !

    many thanks, it has worked for me (for kano)

    regards,

    Fred

    Reply

    FredP

    • Feb 19, 2014 - 10:18 AM - hans Comment Link

      Thanks for the positive feedback Fred – much appreciated! 

      Reply

      hans

  • Feb 27, 2014 - 10:30 AM - hans Comment Link

    Thanks Random_Robbie for the review (link)! 

    Reply

    hans

  • Mar 2, 2014 - 8:14 AM - Stephen Lord Comment Link

    Many many thanks for this app – I couldn’t get PiWriter 1 or 2 to work, but this did the trick – saved me hours of frustration!

    Reply

    Stephen Lord

    • Mar 2, 2014 - 10:37 AM - hans Comment Link

      Thanks Stephen! Glad to see that other enjoy my little app as well 

      Reply

      hans

  • Mar 13, 2014 - 9:12 AM - Craig Nakamoto Comment Link

    Thanks for this, it worked like a charm!

    Reply

    Craig Nakamoto

    • Mar 13, 2014 - 9:37 AM - hans Comment Link

      Thank you very much for the positive feedback Craig! 

      Reply

      hans

  • Mar 15, 2014 - 7:37 AM - Masci Comment Link

    Hi all from France,

    Many thanks for this app, it works perfectly ;-)

    Reply

    Masci

    • Mar 15, 2014 - 10:16 AM - hans Comment Link

      Hi Masci!

      Thanks for leaving a nice comment, much appreciated! 

      Reply

      hans

  • Mar 30, 2014 - 2:47 PM - Jacob Gelman Comment Link

    Thank you so much! The app is great!

    Reply

    Jacob Gelman

    • Mar 30, 2014 - 6:41 PM - hans Comment Link

      Thanks Jacob! Appreciate the great feedback! 

      Reply

      hans

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  • Apr 4, 2014 - 9:32 AM - RvdBos Comment Link

    Perfect perfect thank you so much !!!

    Reply

    RvdBos

    • Apr 4, 2014 - 9:53 AM - hans Comment Link

      Thank you very much for the positive feedback! 

      Reply

      hans

  • Apr 5, 2014 - 3:22 PM - hans Comment Link

    Considering that I just made this app for personal use:
    Thank you everybody for your interest … that’s awesome: over 4,200 downloads already (total = English + Dutch pages)!!! 

    Reply

    hans

  • Apr 8, 2014 - 12:20 PM - Justus Comment Link

    It’s not working (Mac Mini 2012 i7, 16 GB Ram, 8 Core) with newest Mavericks. After Partition sequence I’ve seen a Popup with a Security warning to enter the admin passwort. After 1 seconds #Ve entered the password the app is writing “done”. But nothing is written (8 GB SDCard, Avaliable Space: 7.96 GB). 

    How I can solve that?

    Reply

    Justus

    • Apr 8, 2014 - 12:30 PM - hans Comment Link

      Hi Justus,

      I (and a lot of others) am running this app under Mavericks (10.9.2 on a MBP Retina [i7 Quad core], a regular MBP [i7 Quad core], and a Mac Pro [2x Xeon Quad core]) as well without a problem, which is of course not helping your situation.

      Are you sure you’re entering the right password (caps lock etc)?
      I know it’s a trivial (and often annoying) question, but the response of the app makes me think that your password was not sufficient for sudo (root) access.

      Reply

      hans

      • Apr 21, 2014 - 11:40 PM - Sully Comment Link

        I too am having the same problem as Justus.  I was able to back the current .img I had on my Pi 8Gb SD card but when I selected a new .img to test it ask for admin password (yes I entered in correctly) then is goes to done/complete a few secs after that and it did nothing.  I also tried the prepare to format it and it does the same thing.  Asks for password and is done really quick and it never formatted the SD.  Using a 13″ MacBook w/ 10.9.2.

        Reply

        Sully

        • Apr 22, 2014 - 6:58 AM - Sully Comment Link

          So I purchased a new SD Card and also rebooted my MacBook Pro and now it’s working just great “baking” .img files to the SD card.  Maybe a funky SD card maybe the Mac just needed a good ol’ reboot.  Thanks for making some great software though!  Keep up the great work.

          Reply

          Sully

        • Apr 22, 2014 - 7:39 AM - hans Comment Link

          Thanks Sully for the positive feedback and I’m glad it now works. 

          Reply

          hans

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  • Apr 25, 2014 - 10:49 PM - jake Comment Link

    I don’t have a mac and all, but the bit that states  

    “You’re using the application at your own risk – so it can fry your computer and make your house implode …”

    was probably the best thing i have ever read and laughed at

    Reply

    jake

    • Apr 26, 2014 - 8:40 AM - hans Comment Link

      Hehe  … thanks Jake! I’m glad it made you laugh, …
      Got to have some humor, even with “serious” topics, right? 

      Reply

      hans

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  • May 2, 2014 - 2:03 PM - hans Comment Link

    Version 1.4 has been released today, addressing a minor issue with calculating SD-card size and IMG size.
    A minor speed improvement has been added as well.

    Reply

    hans

  • May 5, 2014 - 12:20 AM - Thorin Pham - Author: Comment Link

    I’m guy that suggested you some UI features (Retinizer compatible, horizontal view…) in version 1.3. Noticed that version 1.4 has been fixed some problems about clone and restore SD card image. Couldn’t more excited every time ApplePi Baker has it own update. 

    Just one more recommendation, could it clone/backup SD card without empty space? Indeed we don’t use whole space of SD Cards. Currently, I’m using about 3.5GB/7.9GB, and “backup SD card without empty space” can help us restore SD images to different types of SD card, and of course, save more space for hard disk.

    Thank you!

    Reply

    Thorin Pham

    • May 5, 2014 - 8:28 AM - hans Comment Link

      Thanks for the compliment Thorin 

      Cloning without the empty space is a little tricky. There are 2 scenario’s:
      - The partition is 100% of the SD-Card but only part of the partition is used
      - The partition is only using part of the SD-Card

      In the first case, it’s had to determine what is being used and what not, and to clone it one would need to resize the partition.
      In the second case, it will be a challenge to image the SD-Card and keep it bootable for the Raspberry Pi.

      The base of ApplePi-Baker is utilizing “dd” which does not offer any means to either.
      An external program like Gparted would be needed to resize the partition down to it’s minimum size.

      I’ll look into this and see what I can come up with, but I’m afraid it’s more complicated than one would hope it would be … 

      Ideally, one would like to image only the actual data and offer the option to use the entire SD-Card when restoring. Right now I do not have the mean to do so.

      Reply

      hans

    • May 6, 2014 - 6:22 PM - Sashmo Comment Link

      When you boot an image for the first time it will load the raspi-config screen, and give you the option to expand file system.  Thats what I do.  If not, then apt-get install raspi-config, and then run raspi-config, the second option down is expand filesystem…..

      Cheers!

      Reply

      Sashmo

    • May 7, 2014 - 9:56 AM - hans Comment Link

      I’ve been digging for a solution for this request – after all, it would be great to save the minimal needed amount of data. Not just so it fits on a different size SD-card but also to save disk space when storing it somewhere for later use.

      When I looked for a solution to minimize the size of a partition (ext2/3/4), then the first problem we’d run into is that MacOS X does not support any of these filesystems. So resizing requires either Linux or a filesystem “driver” for any of the ext formats (there are a few out there like MacFuse and Paragon ExtFS), which is not something I can assume a user to have on their Mac.
      So for now I do not see a universal solution for this.

      I’ll keep looking for options where not the entire SD-Card is being used (ie. the sum of the partition is not equal to the capacity of the SD-Card).

      Reply

      hans

      • May 8, 2014 - 9:19 AM - Thorin Pham - Author: Comment Link

        MacFuse or Paragon ExtFS could be a temporary option for those who want to save the minimal needed amount of data. Thank you for your works to community, Hans!

        Reply

        Thorin Pham

        • May 8, 2014 - 9:21 AM - hans Comment Link

          Thanks Thorin  …

          I’ll keep my eyes open for workable solution … (after all: I’m interested in this myself as well)

          Reply

          hans

  • May 8, 2014 - 8:09 PM - Mazza Comment Link

    Fast and simple !!

    Thanks a lot,

    Mazza

    Reply

    Mazza

  • May 9, 2014 - 12:00 PM - William Stephenson - Author: Comment Link

    I got a chance to put your ApplePi-Baker to work the past few days and it worked great. For me, it is a lot faster than using PiWriter and PiCloner. Those have worked for a long time so I was glad to have them,  but ApplePi-Baker is much faster. 

    There are two feature requests I’ll offer. One is to reduce the disk image size. The other is to compress the image. I’ve been doing both of these with the Pi lately.  PiCloner does this on the Mac, so it can be done, but it’s easy to do on the pi and there’s a perl script that runs on the Pi to reduce the image size, so I do those both there. I know the script calls some linux tools to do this (gparted?) so it doesn’t run on the Mac, but perhaps that can be worked around. There’s a thread on the Pi forums for this script here: resizeimage.pl

    Those would be nice, but mostly I came to say “Thank You”. You’ve crafted a really cool toolset here and I do appreciate the work you’ve done. 

    Reply

    William Stephenson

    • May 9, 2014 - 12:24 PM - hans Comment Link

      Thank you William for the kind words – it’s very much appreciated.

      I guess compressing an image would not be too hard to implement – so I’ll add it to the “To do” list .

      Reducing disk image size might be little trickier, but I’m very interested in this myself. GPartEd is indeed only for Linux. I’d rather build something that doesn’t require any special tools (unless I can include the binary in the ApplePi-Baker package). I think the main issue is the filesystem used by the Raspberry Pi images … MacOS X doesn’t support most of them (EXT2,3,4), so that adds an extra complication. I’m keeping my eyes open though.

      Thanks for the suggestions! 

      Reply

      hans

  • May 24, 2014 - 9:42 AM - Zumo - Author: Comment Link

    Hi Hans, many thanks also from me for this nifty little tool! As William stated before, image-compression would be highly appreciated.

    Another suggestion is to support usb-stick installations (eg. Raspbmc) with no FAT32 partition – as these usb-drive are not shown up in the finder (because of it’s only ext-partition), they also do not show up in the Apple-Pi Baker. Maybe you can manage to recognize these drives as well… the dd command does work, but it is awfully slow and has no progression bar ;)

    Many thanks again and best regards, Zumo.

    PS: As Mike from the first post, I was also not able to write into the text-field with Firefox, I had to switch to Safari.

    Reply

    Zumo

    • May 25, 2014 - 7:45 AM - hans Comment Link

      Hi Zumo,

      thanks for the positive feedback. 

      I’ll add image compression to the “to do” list, and maybe I can add a checkbox to show “all” drives instead of only the SD cards, for advanced users.

      Thanks also for the FireFox note – I’ll have to check that out, since it used to work 

      Reply

      hans

    • May 25, 2014 - 11:36 AM - hans Comment Link

      Give version 1.5 a try 

      Reply

      hans

  • May 25, 2014 - 11:35 AM - hans Comment Link

    Just release v1.5 …

    This new release allows ZIP compression of the IMG file after creating a backup.

    This release will now also recognize USB sticks or SD-Cards that are not formatted in a format recognized by your Mac – for example ext3 or ext4, and will be able to make a backup of that as well.

    Reply

    hans

    • May 26, 2014 - 12:10 PM - Zumo - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Hans, thank you very much for this quick release of version 1.5! The ext3 formated USB stick is recognized and backed up flawlessly. Also the zipping works, but it is a little bit awkward to see the app with the rainbow-ball as frozen. Maybe in a further release a progress-bar will be added? ;)

      It’s so nice to get rid of the dd command :)

      Reply

      Zumo

    • May 26, 2014 - 1:16 PM - hans Comment Link

      You’re welcome Zumo! 

      Glad to hear it all works as expected!
      Yeah the beach ball is not a great way to show “progress” … I’ll have to look into a way of tracking progress, but that would have taken much more time. It’s on the “todo” list  …

      Reply

      hans

    • May 30, 2014 - 12:55 PM - hans Comment Link

      v.1.5.1 released today … this minor version adds a progress bar to v1.5 when zipping a backup of a SD-Card or USB drive.

      Reply

      hans

      • May 31, 2014 - 4:23 AM - Zumo - Author: Comment Link

        Great!

        Reply

        Zumo

      • May 31, 2014 - 8:01 AM - Thorin Pham - Author: Comment Link

        Hello Hans,

        The backup file compressing feature is really useful. It helps me save a ton of my SSD space. How about the feature of writing image to SD card without decompressing the backup file? It means we can choose the .ZIP file  along with the .IMG file when writing image to SD card. So far, I have to unzip manually before choose IMG file.

        Thanks 

        Reply

        Thorin Pham

        • May 31, 2014 - 10:32 AM - hans Comment Link

          Hi Thorin,

          I was thinking the exact same thing, however …

          Internally I use “dd” and “zip”.

          For making a backup I had the idea to pipe dd output straight to zip, or
          for doing a restore pipe the zip output straight to dd.

          From the command line this works, however … I’d loose the ability to track progress 

          When using an internal ZIP option, the zip and unzip time increases dramatically (app. 400%), so I don’t consider that an option either …

          I’m still looking into this though …

          Reply

          hans

          • May 31, 2014 - 10:36 AM - Thorin Pham - Author: Comment Link

            Thanks for all your efforts to improve the app :)

            Thorin Pham

          • May 31, 2014 - 10:41 AM - hans Comment Link

            You’re welcome 

            hans

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    OMG LOVEIT SO MUCH IT IS SO GOOD =)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)

    Reply

    Arya

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  • Jun 20, 2014 - 1:12 PM - Kray Mitchell Comment Link

    Thanks so much for this tool, very awesome and easy to use.

    Would love to see an option to Backup using rsync so I can backup incrementally when changes are made. This would also allow me to have a local copy that I could put into a repo to monitor and fork changes for development and testing.

    Raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/questions/5427/can-a-raspberry-pi-be-used-to-create-a-backup-of-itself

    Not sure if it’s possible, but it’s a bit past my terminal abilities to achieve on my own.

    Regardless, keep up the great work!

    Reply

    Kray Mitchell

    • Jun 20, 2014 - 1:16 PM - hans Comment Link

      Hi Kray – seems your comment accidentally ended up in spam, so I reposted it.

      Thank you for the compliments and the suggestion. I’ll read the article you linked to and see what I can do with that. Seems to me though that this would require an OS that can read ext3/ext4 filesystems and the Mac (natively) cannot do this. Doesn’t mean I won’t explore it though  … would love to find alternative methods, for example only the files and not the entire disk (such a waste of space).

      Right now I’m working on a new version that allows Zip, 7z and GZip to be used for backup and restore, all in one move.

      Reply

      hans

      • Jun 20, 2014 - 2:28 PM - Kray Mitchell Comment Link

        No problem! This raunchy solution looks ideal, though again, above my terminal comfort level lol.

        As OSX is Linux based, wouldn’t it be able to support that?

        Not very in depth at file systems either, so… Lol.

        Was also thinking about using Parallels to setup a Debian OS on to deal with stuff like this.

        Thanks again for the awesome tool. Do you accept paypal donations?

        Reply

        Kray Mitchell

      • Jun 20, 2014 - 2:38 PM - hans Comment Link

        Hi Kray!

        I think MacOSX is FreeBSD based “to be precise” haha … anyhow, nope it does not support any of the EXT filesystems 

        I am however considering making a Linux version of ApplePi-Baker, just not quite sure yet how far I want both version to be different. Maybe later I’ll toy with some additional filesystems through FUSE and such, but I kind-a hate to have tell users to install this, that and the other thing. I really prefer single package solutions … but I will look into the options … 

        PayPal donations: Yes I do. Not sure if this PayPal link works but otherwise there is a button in the upper left corner of this page.
        Thank you for asking! 

        p.s. I use the latest versions of both VMWare Fusion and Parallels. I suspect Parallels might be tad faster (startup/shutdown) but has this annoying habit of “integrating” into my Mac environment when I use Coherence … it’s even so bad that files which I usually open with an existing Mac Application, by double clicking, are not automatically opening with a Windows application. There seems no way to disable this “feature” unless you’re not using coherence. Probably the last version of Parallels that I will purchase …

        Reply

        hans

        • Jun 21, 2014 - 10:47 AM - Kray Mitchell Comment Link

          Thanks Hans,

          I don’t mind installing extras for certain features if needed. I was actually thinking about purchasing ExtFS (http://www.paragon-software.com/home/extfs-mac/) to ‘bridge the gap’ as they say LOL. My buddy knows more about Linux than me, so was going to have him check it out.

          Never had that issue with Parallels, but I also don’t use it heavily. I did some of my own tests for VM vs P and I found that Parallels just ran faster all the way around for me. Mostly web testing stuff though, so again, no heavy use.

          Totally missed the link at the top LOL thanks! 

          Keep up the great work!

          Reply

          Kray Mitchell

        • Jun 22, 2014 - 8:23 AM - hans Comment Link

          Hi Kray,

          thank you for your very generous donation …  You’ve made my day!

          I’m toying with an idea that could potentially shrink images significantly, but that’s when ApplePi-Baker hits v2 – I just finished compression and decompression on the fly, which I’m testing right now (supports ZIP, 7Zip, GZip) and seems to work very well. I hope to release that version either today or tomorrow.

          After that I’ll be working on my idea, which will be a much more complex to build and test, but I’ll keep you posted!

          Reply

          hans

          • Jun 23, 2014 - 8:14 AM - Kray Mitchell Comment Link

            Can’t wait to check out V2! And no worries, thanks for the great product!

            Kray Mitchell

          • Jun 23, 2014 - 8:35 AM - hans Comment Link

            Thanks Kray!

            People like you keep me motivated 

            hans

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  • Jun 26, 2014 - 11:38 AM - hans Comment Link

    Released today: Version 1.6.

    This version allows reading/writing of ZIP, 7Zip and GZ(ip) files, even the ones not created by ApplePi-Baker.

    In this version an “Abort” button has been added and the Authentication method has changed (needed SUDO access for compression).

    Please report any issues here …

    Reply

    hans

    • Jun 26, 2014 - 11:55 AM - Thorin Pham - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Hans,

      1. Password Visible choice should be saved next time you open the app. 

      2. This screenshot is showing how the app layout on the whole screen of my Macbook after submit (press OK) password. Look at the right side. It should be centered or somewhere that the app windows can show entirely.

      3. When press Cancel on Admin password panel, I’m supposed that it should be quit the app immediately instead of asking 2 times (showing 2 alert windows after that) and opening the app. 

      Still not testing the feature of reading/writing of ZIP, 7Zip and GZ(ip) files yet.

      Thanks Hans for continuously updating

      Reply

      Thorin Pham

    • Jun 26, 2014 - 3:10 PM - hans Comment Link

      Hi Thorin,

      thank you very much for the very quick feedback – it’s much appreciated!

      1. Saving a root/sudo password is considered bad practice and frowned upon.
      But I’ll consider adding a checkbox, something like “Save for next time”, so users can check this if they are comfortable with that.

      2. Screen position: Thanks for the screenshot, I agree, the app should have been centered in the screen. Right now it let’s your Mac decide, but I’ll definitly change that in the next (minor) update.

      3. Quitting the app after clicking the Cancel button is what I originally had, but wasn’t quite sure how happy people would be with that. I’ll add it to the next update.

      Please let us know how Zip etc works for you.
      I’ve found that 7Zip is the most efficient format and performs actually pretty good. GZip and Zip perform OK, but compared to 7Zip I’d even call it “poor”. 7Zip seems to compress a lot better.

      Reply

      hans

    • Jul 30, 2014 - 3:29 PM - Robert Comment Link

      Hi Hans,

      I work as a normal user without admin-rights. For me it is not possible to to bake my pi with 1.6. The security dialog box worked for me because I was able to execute tasks like formatting with the rights of an admin.

      Nevertheless a great app and thanks for your work. I stick with 1.5.1.

      Robert

      Reply

      Robert

      • Jul 30, 2014 - 4:55 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Thanks for the feedback Robert  …

        I was already afraid that would happen. I will try to see if I can come up with a better solution … 
        I’m not all that crazy about the current method … 

        Reply

        hans

  • Jun 29, 2014 - 11:18 AM - AndrewS Comment Link

    I’ve not tried your app myself (don’t have a Mac!) but I guess you probably want to change your Raspberry.org link to RaspberryPi.org  

    Reply

    AndrewS

    • Jun 29, 2014 - 11:44 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Oh wow,… that’s stupid of me … nice catch!!! 

      I’ll make sure that the next version has RaspberryPi.Org … man I’m ashamed that I missed that one …! 
      Good thing that it at least links to RaspberryPi.org … 

      Thanks! 

      Reply

      hans

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  • Jul 1, 2014 - 6:31 AM - Jan Comment Link

    Yep Hans, slick and fun app! 

    Wouldn’t have the first idea what dd is and what to do with code lines, so I was glad your app made image restore to USB stick easy as pie!

    Thanks again!

    Reply

    Jan

    • Jul 1, 2014 - 8:03 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Funny to see how smart people know how to use their tools.
      ApplePi-Baker was never intended for this purpose, but it works just fine for it! 

      Finally found my 1st gen AppleTV – had it already packed in a box (I’ll be moving in the near future), so I’ll try to write a new article based on the image files. 

      Reply

      hans

  • Jul 1, 2014 - 6:39 PM - Ken Gruberman Comment Link

    Where’s version 1.6? No matter what they say, all the download links — both on the ApplePi-Baker Update page AND the Downloads page itself — are downloading the same file for Mac OS X. Which is “v0.1″ dated January 13, 2014. I cannot for the LIFE of me find a download link that actually gets me v1.6. Any help would be appreciated.

    Reply

    Ken Gruberman

    • Jul 1, 2014 - 7:18 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Ken,

      I’m sorry to hear you’re experiencing download issues.
      I’m not sure what is going wrong though …? 

      I just clicked the first link, to verify, but this correctly downloads v1.6 (this is the same link, filename “ApplePi-Baker.zip”).  

      Maybe your browser or proxy (work, school?) has cached an old version?
      Can you try another browser or another Internet connection?

      Reply

      hans

      • Jul 7, 2014 - 8:35 AM - Kray Mitchell Comment Link

        I can also confirm this. 
        While the app launches and says 1.6, viewing the app in the Applications folder shows the app at v0.1

        Also shows created date of Jan 13, 2014

        Showed this with version 1.3 and after I upgraded to 1.6 as well.

        Screenshot of freshly downloaded 1.6: http://imgur.com/nqoKY3u

        Reply

        Kray Mitchell

  • Jul 3, 2014 - 5:43 PM - Andrew Smallridge Comment Link

    Wow.!! 

    What a great utility. 

    Thanks, Andrew

    Reply

    Andrew Smallridge

    • Jul 3, 2014 - 6:44 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks Andrew! 

      Very much appreciate you taking the effort letting me know! 
      Spread the word … 

      Reply

      hans

  • Jul 3, 2014 - 6:58 PM - John Comment Link

    Thanks for creating a damn practical application Hans!
    Much appreciated!

    Reply

    John

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  • Jul 23, 2014 - 9:02 PM - Thorin Pham - Author: Comment Link

    Still waiting for next update version :D

    Reply

    Thorin Pham

    • Jul 23, 2014 - 10:15 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks for the reminder! 

      Sorry – got buried in other responsibilities … I’ll try to have a new version available by next week … 

      Reply

      hans

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  • Aug 20, 2014 - 10:00 AM - Menno Comment Link

    Thank you for this neat piece of software…. :)

    Reply

    Menno

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  • Sep 8, 2014 - 2:08 PM - Niko - Author: Comment Link

    I am not able to restore a previously made backup. The program gets stuck in the “Baking IMG recipe” process. 

    I am moving from a smaller SD (1gb) to a bigger one (32gb). The .zip file with the backup gives me a .cpgz when I try to unzip it via the builtin image archiver OSX Mavericks.

    Any suggestion on how to restore it?

    Reply

    Niko

    • Sep 9, 2014 - 5:42 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Niko,

      Did you create the .ZIP file with Apple-Pi Baker?
      Also note that with the latest Apple-Pi Baker, unzipping is no longer needed.

      Another “issue” with zip is that when a zip file is created from the standard input, that it will give it no name or a weird name. Unzipping that afterwards will result in some weird filenames.

      Is this “hanging” happening with other SD cards as well?
      And is it happening with other images as well?

      Silly, I know, but make sure the SD-Card is unlocked (happens to me every now and then when I insert an SD card that the side of the slot hits the little “lock” slider and effectively sets the card to read only)?

      Reply

      hans

  • Sep 10, 2014 - 1:52 PM - Dan - Author: Comment Link

    What a GREAT tool!  Thank you for making it simple and clear what the user is doing at the time … with feedback from the interface too!

    No more wondering “if” dd is done.

    Reply

    Dan

    • Sep 11, 2014 - 3:55 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks Dan! 

      I very much appreciate that you took the time to post a positive feedback! Keeps me motivated 

      Reply

      hans

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  • Sep 23, 2014 - 8:29 AM - David Griffith - Author: Comment Link

    Hi,

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for this fantastic utility.  People like you make the world a better place ;)

    Regards,

    David.

    Reply

    David Griffith

    • Sep 23, 2014 - 8:35 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thank you David! 

      It’s users like you that make it worthwhile to spend time on developing apps like these. 
      Thanks you again!

      Reply

      hans

  • Sep 24, 2014 - 2:23 AM - Thorin Pham - Author: Comment Link

    Hans, I’m still waiting for the newer version :)

    Reply

    Thorin Pham

    • Sep 24, 2014 - 2:31 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks for the reminder Thorin 

      I’m enjoying a trip to my family in Europe and will be there for at least another month. As soon as I get back, I’ll be finishing one small project (Boblight Config Maker) and then Apple-Pi Baker will be addressed … sorry for the delay.

      If I manage to implement some of my new ideas, then the new version will take a bit of time to build.

      Reply

      hans

      • Sep 24, 2014 - 3:26 AM - Thorin Pham - Author: Comment Link

        It seems the current version doesn’t work with Mac OS Yosemite 10.0 DP7  The app can open but it freezes when you restore image (screenshot: http://bit.ly/1ms7lGU).

        Anyone can confirm?

        Btw, have a nice trip in Europe, Hans.

        Reply

        Thorin Pham

      • Sep 24, 2014 - 3:31 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Thanks Thorin! 

        I will try to test it on my Mac (10.10 as well) and see if it works.
        That might happen today or tomorrow – as soon as I can find an SD card or USB stick. 

        Reply

        hans

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  • Oct 3, 2014 - 4:33 PM - H Nolan Comment Link

    I’m trying to figure out how to clone or otherwise backup a running Raspberry Pi SD.  I need to do regular, scheduled backups of running SD’s on about 125 Pi’s to preferably another volume on the network or local to the Mac I would have on the network dedicated to this task, as an image file or whatever is practical.  Am I on a snipe hunt?

    Thanks,

    H Nolan

    Reply

    H Nolan

    • Oct 4, 2014 - 2:48 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi H Nolan,

      I’m not sure if this would work, but it’s worth a try:

      - Create a script which uses “dd” to create an image file of the SD
      - Store the image file directly on a network share
      - Add the script to your Cron

      You’d need a SMB of NFS mounted on each of the Pi’s. You do not want to write the “dd” output to the SD card obviously since “dd” is reading the disk when creating an image.

      My experience with Linux is a little limited so no guarantees that this will be 100% working, but worth a try.

      Once you have one Pi running this way, then it’s just a matter of copying the script to all the 125 Pi’s (That’s a LOT of Pi’s!) … 

      Reply

      hans

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  • Oct 6, 2014 - 3:56 PM - IanW Comment Link

    I’m having issues with the SUDO password entry – installed the latest version of the software, input my password, even with it set to be visible, and I am 100% sure it is correct, and it is saying ‘Incorrect password”. Definitely the right password, and I’m definitely an admin account. Any ideas?

    Reply

    IanW

    • Oct 7, 2014 - 2:41 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      The password is used directly in SUDO shell statements. Maybe you’d like to try opening the Terminal and test something like:

      sudo ls

      Which should ask the password and show a file listing when entered correctly.

      What might also cause issues is passwords with unusual characters (like quotes, space, ampersand etc).

      As you might have read: the current password request method is far from what I like (hence the reference to the previous version). I’ll need to make some more time to revamp that part, as soon as I can find some time to do so …

      Reply

      hans

  • Oct 7, 2014 - 12:42 PM - Adam Comment Link

    Can I just say, that’s the best and most easiest way yet to install random iso .img’s to SD card. Had all sorts of trouble. My advice, add a price tag.

    Reply

    Adam

    • Oct 8, 2014 - 2:34 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks Adam!

      I’ve considered adding a price tag, but I want to keep it fun for myself as well. Adding a price tag makes me feel obligated to update and modify based on user requests which kind-a takes the fun out of it. But maybe one day I’ll add a tiny price tag since donations are rare …

      Glad you like the app though! Good to hear … 

      Reply

      hans

  • Oct 8, 2014 - 12:14 PM - llancit - Author: Comment Link

    Love this application for my custom software.  Problem is if I have a computer without a password, how do I get pass the authentication requirement?

    Reply

    llancit

    • Oct 9, 2014 - 2:15 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi llancit,

      Every Mac has a password.
      However, some Mac’s are setup to automatically login.

      During the setup process of your Mac you had to provide a password for this, this is always the case, and this is the password needed for ApplePi-Baker.

      Reply

      hans

      • Dec 12, 2014 - 3:14 AM - umpqua john Comment Link

        I have a password that I use every time I start my computer but it will not accept it.  I am second owner of this computer so I did not do the original set up.

        Reply

        umpqua john

      • Dec 12, 2014 - 7:45 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Hi Umpqua John,

        Oh I see the problem there yes. Well a few options:

        1) Try to get the orignal admin password that was used to install the Mac.

        2) Do a full recovery instead, erasing your current setup.

        3) Version 1.6 does not seem to work on all systems, revert to version 1.5.1.

        I hope to develop a new version in the next weeks that supports the method of v1.5.x instead of the silly method I’ve used in v1.60.

        Reply

        hans

  • Oct 8, 2014 - 7:33 PM - Adrian Beale Comment Link

    Hi,

    Thanks for writing this app!

    I am having an issue with the sudo version. I’m running 10.7.5 and PiBaker turns to not responding in activity monitor. It’s got a sudo child process, which has a child process ps. However they are using basically no memory or CPU.

    Reply

    Adrian Beale

    • Oct 9, 2014 - 2:12 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      I will look into creating a new version – for now please revert to the previous (non-sudo) version.

      I apologize for the inconvenience. 

      Reply

      hans

  • Oct 11, 2014 - 11:33 PM - James Mason Comment Link

    Thanks so much !!! This was a big time saver, I only have MAC OS at home. 

    Reply

    James Mason

  • Oct 22, 2014 - 3:55 PM - Doug Comment Link

    This is great! Thanks! I’ve used it for Raspberry Pi and also for Cubox distributions. It’d be cool if it also supported .xz compressed files (for those cubox distros), but that’s a pretty minor niggle.

    Reply

    Doug

    • Oct 23, 2014 - 2:46 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks Doug! 

      Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with the .xz compression so I had to look it up. Considering that this will be considered the replacement of bzip2, I’ll do an effort to include this as well in a future release (in which I’d like to address some other small issues). As soon as I get back home, I’ll take a peek (which should be mid December).

      Did you find a way to [de]compress xz under MacOS X?

      Reply

      hans

      • Oct 23, 2014 - 2:05 PM - Doug - Author: Comment Link

        I used

        brew install xz

        to install a utility named unxz that lets me do it. It’s from here: http://tukaani.org/xz/

        Reply

        Doug

      • Oct 24, 2014 - 2:14 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Crap … I didn’t realize you’d have to use brew for this. I try to aim for an all-in-one package, so I’ll have to see if I can use the xz binary without the need for any other brew components … 

        Reply

        hans

        • Oct 24, 2014 - 4:27 AM - AndrewS Comment Link

          All of the XZ software (at Doug’s link) is licensed to the public domain, so you’re free to statically link liblzma into your app.

          Reply

          AndrewS

        • Oct 24, 2014 - 4:44 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          I’ll look into that! I’m not familiar with the lib, but it might support more than just XZ … which means I could use it for other compression formats as well. I’ll have to dig into that one … 

          Reply

          hans

  • Oct 23, 2014 - 4:12 PM - marciton Comment Link

    any luck with the support of Yosemite?

    Reply

    marciton

    • Oct 24, 2014 - 2:02 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Not yet – I’m traveling so I do not have access to my source codes … 
      I’ll do some more testing with the app on my laptop, but I cannot rewrite any code at the moment …

      Reply

      hans

    • Oct 24, 2014 - 2:03 AM - Wolf Comment Link

      I just used it in Yosemite. It works fine.

      Reply

      Wolf

      • Oct 24, 2014 - 2:18 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Thanks Wolf! 

        Did either of you upgrade from a previous MacOS X version or use a fresh install?

        Reply

        hans

        • Oct 24, 2014 - 3:32 PM - Wolf Comment Link

          I did a simple upgrade from Mavericks.

          Reply

          Wolf

        • Oct 24, 2014 - 3:35 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          Same here. Even ran the public beta … just updated 10.8 -> 10.9 -> 10.10 beta’s -> 10.10.

          @Marciton: Did you update or fresh install?

          Reply

          hans

  • Oct 24, 2014 - 12:13 AM - Wolf Comment Link

    Thanks for this great piece of software, Hans. Very helpful!

    Reply

    Wolf

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    • Nov 3, 2014 - 2:59 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Wolf! 

      Thanks for mentioning ApplePi-Baker – nice little project by the way! I might follow your example! 

      Reply

      hans

  • Nov 5, 2014 - 5:44 AM - Michael Copini - Author: Comment Link

    FYI

    Used your program successful  on my macbook pro before upgrading to 10.10. After that it hangs.

    Most likely the OS it self since a lot of other things are not working the way it should.

    Michael

    Reply

    Michael Copini

    • Nov 5, 2014 - 6:32 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Michael,

      thank you for reporting this – one other user reported issues as well, even though other Yosemite users appear to be having no problems.
      Did you upgrade to 10.10 or did you do a fresh install?

      Have you tested both versions? (v1.5.1 and v1.6)

      I’m traveling right now, so I will not be able to work on this until I get back (mid December).

      Reply

      hans

      • Dec 10, 2014 - 2:59 PM - Mobyone Comment Link

        Hello,

        Having the same issue with 1.6 and Yosemite, I tried 1.5.1 and it’s working fine :)

        The program hands on a macbook air and a mac mini.

        Paul.

        Reply

        Mobyone

      • Dec 12, 2014 - 8:07 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        I think I’ll scrap 1.6 pretty soon and hope to find a good workable alternative (1.7?). For quite a lot of people 1.6 works just fine, but enough other users seem to run into authentication issues.

        Thanks for reporting the details! This helps finding the culprit! 

        Reply

        hans

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  • Nov 11, 2014 - 11:05 AM - Rich Comment Link

    Hey – 

    downloaded this and but it will not accept my “Admin Password.”

    I am an Admin. I’ve tried everything.  I even logged in as root and tried from there but still wont work.

    Thoughts?

    Reply

    Rich

    • Nov 11, 2014 - 11:14 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Rich,

      sorry to hear it’s not working for you. What version did you tey? 1.6 or 1.5.1?
      (they use different authentication methods)

      For 1.6:
      Try if in terminal the following works:

      sudo ls

      It should ask for a password and then list files in the directory.

      Reply

      hans

      • Nov 11, 2014 - 11:29 AM - Rich Comment Link

        I downloaded 1.6…  I’ll try 1.5.1 and see if I have better luck,

        Reply

        Rich

      • Nov 12, 2014 - 9:24 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Let me know if that works.
        Did you try the “sudo ls” trick to verify that sudo works OK?

        Reply

        hans

  • Nov 17, 2014 - 11:30 AM - Jon Comment Link

    Hello there,

    is there any support for.dd images on Apple PI-baker? I have become complacent on the terminal where the Pi-baker is so easy to use! 

    apologies if you have already covered this somewhere, and thank you in advanced for any reply!

    Jon :)

    Reply

    Jon

    • Nov 18, 2014 - 3:27 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Jon!

      Yes you can use dd images!
      Simply add the extension “.img” to the file and ApplePi-Baker will work with it.
      Internally, ApplePi-Baker uses dd as well 

      Reply

      hans

  • Nov 21, 2014 - 12:03 PM - Alex Comment Link

    Hello Hans,

    I also had issues with the password entry in version 1.6. I tested sudo in terminal and was able to bring up the file listing, so I’m sure the password is correct (also had the password visible during entry to make sure I wasn’t mistyping). Interestingly, when I clicked cancel the program started. I could not restore an image without the password, but the program was running.

    Version 1.5.1 is working perfectly though, thanks for your efforts making this process so much simpler!

    Regards,

    Alex

    Reply

    Alex

  • Nov 21, 2014 - 7:26 PM - Monkey Comment Link

    I gave up V1.6 SUDO version. It didn’t recognize my admin password.

    V1.5 Non-SUDO version worked well though it required admin password too.

    10.6.8

    Reply

    Monkey

    • Nov 22, 2014 - 6:17 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Admin password remain required, no matter what method (or version) will be used, since the entire SD card will be accessed. Unfortunately this cannot be avoided with the security measurements in MacOS X.

      Glad to hear that 1.5 did work for you, this feedback tells me that I have to drop the method that I used in 1.6, when creating the next version. 

      Reply

      hans

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  • Dec 12, 2014 - 3:11 AM - umpqua john Comment Link

    I can’t get past the login.  I login to my computer every time I turn it on but it will not accept my login.  Says some thing about Sudo.  I checked under accounts in system preferences and I am the only person listed.  Don’t know where to go from here.

    Reply

    umpqua john

  • Dec 16, 2014 - 6:34 PM - Blake Comment Link

    Ok.  I feel stupid but just thought I should post this in case there are some other stupid people out there.  I am using Yosemite from a fresh install.  I tried to restore from a gzip image and it hung like others had reported.  I tried all sorts of things and finally gave up so I decided to take out the SD card adapter and put it in my Linux box to burn the image.  That’s when I noticed I had the Lock switch enabled on the adapter.  Amazing what happens when you can actually write to the card!!!!!  So not saying all of you who were having problems are stupid like me but you may just want to check the write protect switch on your micro SD card adapter if you are using one.

    Reply

    Blake

    • Dec 17, 2014 - 6:31 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks Blake!

      Well, we all, myself included, make little goof ups like that … thanks for reporting though! 

      Reply

      hans

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  • Jan 4, 2015 - 7:46 AM - Nilan Comment Link

    Hi – 

    Love the concept of the PiBaker but can’t get it to work.

    When I enter my password in on launch – I get the spinning beach ball and it doesn’t proceed.

    Even if I press OK – and skip entering the password and enter it later when I try to do a burn it doesn’t work. !

    Any idea what to do ?

    Nilan

    Reply

    Nilan

    • Jan 5, 2015 - 2:35 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Nilan,

      sorry to hear that you’re running into this issue. Some user reported similar issues. Download v1.5.1 instead and see if that version works. Unfortunately that version does not support compression.

      Reply

      hans

  • Jan 4, 2015 - 9:34 AM - bromerzz Comment Link

    Brilliant app.

    I have never got to grips with OS X and trying to write to an sd card in disk utility.

    I can now get rid of my windows laptop which I only retain in order to use win32diskimager and cloning sd cards.

    Tested this out by copying an image and then writing the image to sd, worked so easily.

    On Yosemite 10.10.1 and Baker version 1.0.6.

    Reply

    bromerzz

    • Jan 5, 2015 - 2:34 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Bromerzz!

      Great to hear that the app works well for you as well! 
      Feedback like this is always appreciated and a good motivator to keep developing little apps like this. 

      Reply

      hans

      • Jan 5, 2015 - 7:14 AM - bromerzz Comment Link

        I would like to make a paypal donation for your efforts, but cannot find a working link, If you have one could you post it?

        Reply

        bromerzz

      • Jan 5, 2015 - 7:22 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Thanks Bromerzz!

        That is very much appreciated, but not required. You can donate through hans at luijten dot net.
        Unfortunately, PayPal forced me to remove the PayPal donation link … 

        Reply

        hans

  • Jan 10, 2015 - 4:24 PM - Rhen Comment Link

    Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes… This has been a need since I’ve owned my first Pi.

    Very well done, sir.

    Rhen

    Reply

    Rhen

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  • Jan 27, 2015 - 9:54 PM - Kent Comment Link

    Thank you for this great tool! DD works, but it so nice to have the progress bars and to have all the tedious syntax eliminated.

    Reply

    Kent

    • Jan 28, 2015 - 2:48 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks Kent!
      A positive feedback and thank you is always very much appreciated! 

      Reply

      hans

  • Jan 28, 2015 - 10:36 AM - Emily Comment Link

    Wonderful software, thanks! I’d like to donate just because it’s really saved me a lot of time. However, I do neither Amazon Smile (I already have my charity of choice) nor Bitcoin. No Paypal account for donations?

    Reply

    Emily

    • Jan 29, 2015 - 3:27 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Emily,

      thank you very much for the positive feedback!
      PayPal donation (hans at luijten dot net, comment “ApplePi Baker”) can be done for sure, however PayPal forbid me from placing a donation link on my website … claiming I’d be promoting illegal movie copying and such. Donation is much appreciated, but not required. 

      Reply

      hans

  • Feb 3, 2015 - 6:21 PM - Brian Comment Link

    Hello Thank you the newer version gave me password restriction although I m Admin.bur\t your older file worked well for me .

    Reply

    Brian

    • Feb 4, 2015 - 3:47 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks for the feedback Brian.

      Would you be able to try a few things to see if you’re running into sudo issues?

      1) In terminal try if sudo works, by trying this:

      sudo ls

      It will ask your password and show a directory listing. If it fails, you’ll be asked a few times to retry the password.

      2) I read that if you have setup your Mac initially without a password, that this could cause SUDO to fail.

      3) Verify in “Users & Groups” under “System Preferences” if your account has “Allow user to administer this computer” checked.

      4) Can you try the following in terminal:

      id

      It should respond with a list and in that list you should find “80(admin)” …

      5) Some users reports issues due to an app called “TextExpander” (source):

      TextExpander has a setting that capitalises the first letter of the first word of a “sentence”. You type your password correctly & TextExpander cleverly capitalises the first letter. You can turn this feature off on an app by app basis in the Preferences.

      Just some thoughts … I have not been able to reproduce the issue, but I’m trying to find what might be causing this. 

      Reply

      hans

  • Feb 4, 2015 - 12:30 PM - Zeetha Comment Link

    Hi,

    Thanks for this utility!

    One query – should it work when restoring a compressed image from an 8GB SD card onto a 16GB card?  I thought this should work, but it just stops after a little bar appears in the progress bar and the status just says ‘Baking IMG Recipe’.  I left it for awhile but nothing changed so I tried it again and this is what it puts in the console (in case thats of any help!):

    04/02/2015 18:17:43.904 diskarbitrationd[16]: PiBaker [19376]:37547 not responding.
    04/02/2015 18:17:45.973 fseventsd[65]: could not open <</Volumes/RASPBERRY/.fseventsd/fseventsd-uuid>> (No such file or directory)
    04/02/2015 18:17:45.973 fseventsd[65]: log dir: /Volumes/RASPBERRY/.fseventsd getting new uuid: D2E62E1F-04C3-4CA1-BEF7-650CE0895454
    04/02/2015 18:17:46.050 fseventsd[65]: Events arrived for /Volumes/RASPBERRY after an unmount request! Re-initializing.
    04/02/2015 18:17:46.051 fseventsd[65]: creating a dls for /Volumes/RASPBERRY but it already has one…
    04/02/2015 18:17:48.154 coreservicesd[35]: Received request to reset fmod watch. Latest received id is 42754495151217. Latest sent id is 42754495151217
    04/02/2015 18:17:48.155 coreservicesd[35]: Received request to reset fmod watch. Latest received id is 42754495151217. Latest sent id is 42754495151217
    04/02/2015 18:17:48.155 coreservicesd[35]: Received request to reset fmod watch. Latest received id is 42754495151217. Latest sent id is 42754495151217
    04/02/2015 18:17:48.178 mds[54]: (Normal) Volume: volume:0x7ffdfa015800 ********** Bootstrapped Creating a default store:3 SpotLoc:/Volumes/RASPBERRY/.Spotlight-V100 SpotVerLoc:/Volumes/RASPBERRY/.Spotlight-V100/Store-V1 occlude:0 /Volumes/RASPBERRY
    04/02/2015 18:17:56.116 fseventsd[65]: disk logger: failed to open output file /Volumes/RASPBERRY/.fseventsd/000000000340c5f9 (No such file or directory). mount point /Volumes/RASPBERRY/.fseventsd
    04/02/2015 18:17:56.117 fseventsd[65]: disk logger: failed to open output file /Volumes/RASPBERRY/.fseventsd/000000000340c5f9 (No such file or directory). mount point /Volumes/RASPBERRY/.fseventsd
    04/02/2015 18:17:56.269 sudo[19405]:   zeetha : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/Users/zeetha/Desktop ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/bin/echo
    04/02/2015 18:17:56.283 sudo[19408]:   zeetha : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/Users/zeetha/Desktop ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/bin/dd bs=4m of=/dev/rdisk1
    04/02/2015 18:17:56.283 sudo[19407]:   zeetha : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/Users/zeetha/Desktop ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/Users/zeetha/Downloads/ApplePi-Baker.app/Contents/MacOS/7za e -so /Users/zeetha/Desktop/PiSquaredPlusTightVNCAndStatic.zip -
    04/02/2015 18:17:56.000 kernel[0]: disk1: alignment error.
    04/02/2015 18:17:56.597 fseventsd[65]: check_vol_last_mod_time:XXX failed to get mount time (25; &mount_time == 0x105ccc3d8)
    04/02/2015 18:17:56.597 fseventsd[65]: log dir: /Volumes/RASPBERRY/.fseventsd getting new uuid: 3ADA3C09-7FB3-4126-BC5D-4989A8099E0E

    Its a new SD card and I am able to copy files to and from the disk manually so not sure why it won’t work!

    Thanks,

    Z

    Reply

    Zeetha

    • Feb 5, 2015 - 2:03 AM - Zeetha Comment Link

      An update – I created a non zipped image of the 8Gb SD Card and that did get copied onto the 16Gb card by PiBaker.   Now I need to remove some files from my Mac so I can create an image of the 16Gb card :)

      Thanks,

      Caroline

      Reply

      Zeetha

      • Feb 5, 2015 - 4:42 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Hi Caroline,

        yeah it’s a pain, I know … 

        I hope to find time to create a smarter way of making IMG files … so it will only store the relevant data. But it will require time to do some testing and research … not to mention that I have to find a good way to handle elevate rights since some folks report issues with v1.6 … 

        Reply

        hans

    • Feb 5, 2015 - 2:35 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Zeetha!

      Thanks for the log file! Does it work when the IMG is not compressed?

      As for the log file, after looking at it for a while, I can only see that there appears to be a alignment error disk1 – now from what I understand this does not need to be related to disk as such, but could also be a partition or file issue. Not sure which. If it’s a file error, could it be that your compressed IMG file is corrupted? (just guessing here)

      I see some errors with the RASPBERRY mount point. Is RASPBERRY a disk or network share? Or is it the SD-card?
      If it’s the SD-card, could you try to manually unmount the SD card partition(s) with diskutil (not the same as eject)?

      Reply

      hans

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  • Feb 18, 2015 - 6:00 AM - Justin Rowe Comment Link

    I’m using v1.6 and when I try to make a back up of my image the app force closes? Also having the same issue with v1.5, I’m using OSX10 Yosemite?

    Reply

    Justin Rowe

    • Feb 18, 2015 - 6:31 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Justin,

      What is the error message you get and what steps did you follow to get to this error (so I can try to reproduce the problem)?

      Reply

      hans

      • Feb 18, 2015 - 5:01 PM - Justin Rowe Comment Link

        Hi Hans,

        I do not get an error message, there is a pop up that shows momentarily on the screen then the whole application closes down.

        I basically click on my SD card on the left and select the Create Backup button and then click the ok button on the screen that mentions zip files and image sizes, after that the app closes down with a momentary pop window just before.

        Reply

        Justin Rowe

      • Feb 19, 2015 - 2:37 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Hi Justin,

        That’s going to be tricky to “debug” … I really need that message, but since it seems to popup only briefly, I can imagine it to be difficult to catch. I’ve tested a few different ways, as you described, to trigger an error, but I was unable to reproduce this.

        Since you’re the first and only one reporting this, I’d guess it’s something specifically on your system. Obviously hard to trace as well. And you might not have access to another Mac to give it a try.

        You could try and see if there is a message in “Console” (Applications – Utilities – Console, click “Clear Display” and run ApplePi-Baker while the console remains open) …

        Reply

        hans

        • Feb 19, 2015 - 2:47 AM - Justin Rowe Comment Link

          Hi Hans,

          This is what I have taken from console, I hope it helps.

          And thank you for your help also :-)

          19/02/2015 08:36:16.072 sudo[523]: ##### : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/bin/ps -ax

          19/02/2015 08:36:34.279 PiBaker[520]: GetDYLDEntryPointWithImage(/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CacheDelete.framework/CacheDelete,CacheDeleteCopyPurgeableSpaceWithInfo) failed.

          19/02/2015 08:36:34.293 bird[230]: Assertion failed: ![_xpcClients containsObject:client]

          19/02/2015 08:36:34.293 bird[230]: Assertion failed: ![_xpcClients containsObject:client]

          19/02/2015 08:36:34.335 bird[230]: Assertion failed: ![_xpcClients containsObject:client]

          Reply

          Justin Rowe

        • Feb 19, 2015 - 3:01 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          Thanks Justin for the quick response 

          Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to learn much from the console output. I will have to look at the sources, maybe I can learn something from that, but unfortunately I’m traveling and unable to do so.

          I will try as soon as I get home, but that might take another month 

          Out of curiosity: What version of MacOS X are you running?

          p.s. Glad to help – I hate it when a useful program fails … 

          Reply

          hans

          • Feb 19, 2015 - 3:09 AM - Justin Rowe Comment Link

            Hi Hans,

            Ah thats a shame that the console information didn’t give you much to go on.

            Don’t worry about the timeframe as I have other means at the moment to back up my images (have to use my windows )

            Enjoy your travels and thank you again for taking the time to respond 

            p.s. My version of OS X is 10.10.2 (14C109), and I get the same result when using version 1.5.1 also if that helps any.

            Justin Rowe

          • Feb 19, 2015 - 4:20 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            Yeah,… Windows … about that haha … that’s why I wrote the little bugger 

            I’m running the same MacOS X version, so that would not be the problem.

            Since you see the same problem with 1.51, it’s not an access restriction either, as both use different methods to authenticate.

            Have you ever tried the commandline method with “dd” ?

            hans

          • Feb 19, 2015 - 4:39 AM - Justin Rowe Comment Link

            Lol about windows.

            I’m quite new to using command line but i’ll find out and see if I can do it that way.

            Justin Rowe

          • Feb 19, 2015 - 5:30 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            Yeah I hear ya … not a big commend line fan either when it comes to these kind of things.

            This guide might give you a good start:
            How to Clone Raspberry Pi SD Cards Using the Command Line in OS X

            hans

        • Feb 19, 2015 - 5:34 AM - Justin Rowe Comment Link

          Hi Hans,

          Thank you for the link I’ll have a go 

          Reply

          Justin Rowe

          • Feb 21, 2015 - 6:06 AM - Justin Rowe Comment Link

            Hi Hans,

            Just a heads up to say that the link you gave me was very useful and I made an image using the command on there.

            Thank you 

            Justin Rowe

          • Feb 21, 2015 - 12:43 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            Thanks Justin for getting back at me ….

            So the “Flashing” of the SD card with “dd” working,… that’s good info for me.
            ApplePi-Baker (both versions) use “dd”, however v1.51 uses Apple’s authorize method, whereas v1.6 uses “sudo”.

            Some users seem to have problems with 1.6. But you’re the first one having issues with 1.51 as well.
            I’ll have to think about a possible reason … bummer, I hoped “dd” would fail as well; haha. 

            At least you were able to flash an SD card … 

            hans

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  • Feb 19, 2015 - 11:10 AM - Eklund Comment Link

    Awesome, works great! Thank you!

    Been looking around for something similar since RPI SD Card builder won’t work on my Mac anymore. 

    Reply

    Eklund

    • Feb 19, 2015 - 11:36 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks Eklund for taking the time to post a “thank you”!
      It’s much appreciated! 

      Reply

      hans

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  • Feb 20, 2015 - 4:24 PM - Bill Comment Link

    Thanks for this App. Great idea. I have trying to create the image to my micro sd card but it does not seem like it is progressing at all. I get the status, “Baking IMG recipe…..” but there is not ETA or progress going on and the program does not seem to be hung up. I am going to let it roll for a few hours to see if perhaps it was doing something and I was just being impatient. :) 

    Reply

    Bill

    • Feb 20, 2015 - 6:06 PM - Bill Comment Link

      It was myself being a n00b. I hit Restore Backup and it worked fine. :)

      Reply

      Bill

    • Feb 21, 2015 - 2:48 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Haha, shit happens Bill, happens to all of us … glad it worked out 

      Reply

      hans

  • Feb 21, 2015 - 12:15 PM - Bill Comment Link

    Forgive my ignorance, I have a 128g micro sd card. From what I understand, Fat32 only supports up to 32G card. You have to expand the card after you get it installed.

    I have created the image on my card, but can not get the OS to boot when I put it in my Pi. :(

    Reply

    Bill

    • Feb 21, 2015 - 1:16 PM - AndrewS Comment Link

      FAT32 itself allows up to 8TB partitions, but the formatting tools in Windows and the official SDFormatter tool only allow you to create FAT32 partitions up to 32GB   (the official SDFormatter tool automatically uses exFAT for SD cards larger than 32GB, but the Pi can’t read this format)

      But you can use 3rd-party formatting tools to create FAT32 partitions larger than 32GB  (I’ve successfully done so on a 64GB card myself).

      Regarding the failure to boot – which OSes have you tried? (NOOBS? Standalone Raspbian?)

      Do you have the exact make & model number for your 128GB card?

      Reply

      AndrewS

    • Feb 21, 2015 - 1:21 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Bill,

      no worries … the strange thing is that under Microsoft Windows, FAT32 appears to be handling up to 32Gb.
       This however is not a FAT32 limitation.

      It’s definitely confusing, for me as well. I’m sure I’ve formatted a 64Gb SD card before (for my Canon camera)..

      According to a post at superuser.com:

      There are different SD versions that support different capacities:

      • SD – 4GB
      • SDHC – 32GB
      • SDXC – 2TB

      Most filesystems are limited in their size. You need to pick a filesystem that is capable of using the entire size of the SD card. Which one you chose is also dependent on the environment you will be using it in. Some common choices for high capacity filesystems include:

      • FAT32 – 2TB
      • exFAT – 512TB
      • NTFS – 264 clusters (multiples of 512 bytes)

      Most filesystems have a limit on the size of any one individual file:

      • FAT32 – 4GB
      • exFAT – 512TB
      • NTFS – 16EB
      So this confirms that with FAT32 you should be able to create a larger (2TB) volume … not just 32Gb.
      I do not have an SD card handy (I’m traveling) to try what the MacOS X Disk-Utility will do with such a larger SD-Card, but I suspect that it will simply allow you to create a 128Gb partition and format it FAT32.
      One thing that comes to mind: The IMG for your Raspberry Pi is probably in the end not supposed to be FAT32 anyway (ie. most Linux variants use one or the other EXT version (EXT2, EXT3, EXT4). Which IMG are you using?

      Reply

      hans

      • Feb 21, 2015 - 7:50 PM - Bill Comment Link

        The card I have is a Micro SD HC 128 Gig. I am using the RetroPie-rpi2.img on my Mac. 

        Should I make it a 32G partition in Disk Utility, install the OS and then expand it after I have it on my Raspberry Pi?

        Thanks!

        Bill

        Reply

        Bill

        • Feb 21, 2015 - 8:13 PM - AndrewS Comment Link

          If it’s 128GB, I think you’ll find it’s actually SDXC  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Digital

          If you’re writing an .img file to your SD card, then there’s no need to manually create any partitions first (since the .img contains its own partition table).

          I’d suggest trying the latest version of Raspbian (from http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/ ) on your card first, to check if the card itself is compatible with the RPi. If Raspbian works, and then RetroPie doesn’t, I’d say it sounds like a bug with RetroPie (which I’ve never tried myself)

          Reply

          AndrewS

          • Feb 22, 2015 - 7:15 PM - Bill Comment Link

            Ok. Downloaded Raspbian, used your program to create the image on the micro sd card. I got it home and it does want to boot at all. 

            Bill

          • Feb 23, 2015 - 2:40 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            Hi Bill,

            sorry to see that your first experiences are so disappointing … 

            I assume you’re trying the 128Gb card, do you have a smaller card to try if that works? (32Gb or smaller)

            hans

          • Feb 23, 2015 - 10:23 AM - Bill Comment Link

            I have a 16G micro SD card that works. I had bought a larger 128G to put ROMs on. Tempted to just buy a thumb drive and put the rooms on there and call it a day. :) 

            Bill

          • Feb 23, 2015 - 10:35 AM - AndrewS Comment Link

            You must have a lot of ROMS!

            Can I ask again for the exact make and model of 128gig micro SD card you bought? Or was it just a no-name / generic one? (in which case perhaps it was a fake?)

            AndrewS

          • Feb 23, 2015 - 11:14 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            Good call Andrew! Didn’t think of that.

            I did find that there are plenty fake cards in circulation … some tools to test:

            FakeFlashTest, h2testw (german website), CheckFlash (and I’m sure there are more).

            hans

          • Feb 23, 2015 - 11:18 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            Ehm most of those tools are for Windows though 

            Good article with good info and a Mac App at the bottom of the page … http://www.flagsoft.com/cmswp/de/products/sdspeed-sd-card-memory-speed-test/

            And a way too long article for Mac users as well, which even involves compiling yourself:
            http://oss.digirati.com.br/f3/ (on GitHub)

            hans

        • Feb 22, 2015 - 3:31 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          Good catch Andrew!

          I overlooked that part … you do not need to partition the SD card when “flashing” an IMG to the SD card. “dd” doesn’t care about partitions and just bluntly writes the data to the SD card. 

          Reply

          hans

          • Feb 22, 2015 - 5:43 AM - AndrewS Comment Link

            …which is why, if you’re not careful, “dd” can be nicknamed “disk destroyer” 

            AndrewS

          • Feb 22, 2015 - 7:58 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            Exactly  …

            hans

  • Feb 22, 2015 - 11:22 AM - Neil Comment Link

    Hi, thanks for writing this app, it is very useful :) How about adding a sound for when the backup / restore is finished? As the backup / restore is likely to be running in the background whilst you work on something else it would be useful for there to be some kind of notification that it is complete.

    Reply

    Neil

    • Feb 22, 2015 - 2:01 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks Neil for leaving a positive feedback! 

      I like your suggestion and will add it in the next version! Thanks! 

      Reply

      hans

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  • Feb 28, 2015 - 4:38 PM - William Smith Comment Link

    Excellent program, this is saving me tons of time and disk space!

    One issue I’m finding is that I can’t eject a 64G card, the Finder thinks it’s gone but the ApplePi-Baker UI thinks it’s still there.  Not a panic, just something to put in the queue for FITNR…

    Reply

    William Smith

    • Mar 1, 2015 - 8:13 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks William! 

      I have not had any problems with a 64Gb card, but then again, it’s been a while that I used one of those.
      As soon as I get home (still traveling) I’ll give it a try! Thanks!

      Reply

      hans

  • Mar 1, 2015 - 1:38 PM - Bubba Comment Link

    Looks like a great program but it will not work for me. I get stuck at the password. Even when I’m signed in as “root” user, the program refuses my password.

    Using SnowLeopard might be my issue.

    Reply

    Bubba

    • Mar 1, 2015 - 2:03 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Oh I never tried Snow Leopard … I wish I still had a virtual machine laying around on my Mac with some of the older OS’es.

      You could try v1.51, it doesn’t support compression, but it does handle authentication better.

      Reply

      hans

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  • Mar 11, 2015 - 4:14 PM - Joe Comment Link

    Hi,

    I’ve tried baking an IMG file onto an SD card but it keeps getting stuck on ‘Baking IMG Recipe…’ and the load bar doesn’t seem to move much past the first 5%? Any idea how this may have happend?

    Thanks

    Reply

    Joe

    • Mar 11, 2015 - 4:48 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Joe,

      if you’re using v1.6, consider trying 1.51 … some users experience issues with 1.6, and I have yet to figure out why 
      Sorry for the inconvenience … 
      Reply

      hans

    • Mar 24, 2015 - 6:47 PM - Adam Comment Link

      Try sliding the little switch on the card.

      Reply

      Adam

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  • Mar 18, 2015 - 10:33 AM - Malte Klima Comment Link

    Thank you for this great tool! love it!

    Reply

    Malte Klima

    • Mar 18, 2015 - 10:37 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Malte Klima!

      Thank you very much! Also thank you for taking the effort to leave a nice feedback! 

      Reply

      hans

  • Mar 23, 2015 - 5:20 PM - Adam Comment Link

    Baking IMG file

    Just a warning to all you Pi fans, if your Apple PI Baker gets stuck on “Baking IMG file” eject the SD card and try sliding the little switch on the card or card adapter. This will save you ALOT of frustration. Trust me I wasted a lot of time.  Maybe John could add a warning to tell you the SD card is locked. Thx

    Reply

    Adam

    • Mar 24, 2015 - 3:38 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Good idea – let me see if I can implement that (Read Only state), I actually ran into that problem the other day as well – which initially confused me as well.
      Specially with MacBook Pro’s, you can accidentally “hit” the lock switch when inserting the card.

      Thanks Adam! I like the idea – stupid that I didn’t think of that before! 

      Reply

      hans

  • Mar 24, 2015 - 7:13 PM - pixelplex Comment Link

    Hans, I could create an introduction type video for Apple Pi baker. Something that would display the features and capabilities of apple pi baker. Its ok if you say no, my feelings wont be hurt. Just an idea. :) If its a yes I can just give you the youtube link and full acces to display it on a website.

    Thanks, Pixel Plex, aka Adam

    Reply

    pixelplex

    • Mar 25, 2015 - 3:27 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Pixel Plex! 

      Nice to see such enthusiasm, I love it …  

      As for the icon:
      Yours looks great, unfortunately another user already made a new icon for ApplePi-Baker’s next release. I very much appreciate your efforts though – the icon looks really good! 

      As for the instruction video:
      Please be my guest to make one! I’m sure a certain audience would love that. Post the link here and I’ll take a look – if it’s good then I’ll add it to the article! 

      I hope to find time in the near future to revamp ApplePi-Baker and add more functionality. My biggest hurdle right now is that working with the new security “features” by Apple are more work and more complicated than the functionality in ApplePi-Baker it self … I could use some help porting the new security features to Lazarus Pascal …

      Reply

      hans

      • Mar 25, 2015 - 5:15 AM - pixelplex Comment Link

        Im not dissappointed about the icon. Im to exited to make the video! Thanks for giving me a chance! This is the best rasoberry pi program ever!

        Reply

        pixelplex

        • Mar 25, 2015 - 5:42 AM - pixelplex Comment Link

          First, I ment raspberry pi not rasoberry pi. Typo 

          Second, when are you planning on getting that update out. Im in no rush, and i dont want to rush you,but I want to make the video up-to-date with the new icon made by the other user. And the new features that might be in the update. So I dont have to make it two times in a short time. If its possible could you give me the new icon. Just somthing to consider. I want to make the best video possible. 

          Reply

          pixelplex

        • Mar 25, 2015 - 9:37 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          I can email it to you  … and typos happen to me all the time haha, no worries.

          One thing though: ApplePi-Baker (I hope) will be very different if I manage to get things done that I’d like to do … so your video would be outdated then right away. I’m guessing it will take a couple of months before I get the new version ready (I’ve been traveling a lot the past 6 months and I expect that to continue for a few more months).

          Reply

          hans

        • Mar 25, 2015 - 9:41 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          An instruction video would be VERY welcome though 

          Reply

          hans

          • Mar 26, 2015 - 7:29 AM - pixelplex Comment Link

            So, have you emailed that file already, or are still planing to get that out. I haven’t got it yet. 

            Anyway, just wondering

            pixelplex

          • Mar 26, 2015 - 7:43 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            Sending you an email now! 

            hans

  • Mar 24, 2015 - 8:03 PM - pixelplex Comment Link

    Also maybe as part of the new update you could add this icns file I made. This file will look better with the new Yosemite look. Again, just an idea. See the icns file here. If you have errors downloading just reply to this. 

    I want to help this program grow because it is so great!

    Reply

    pixelplex

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