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ApplePi-Baker v1.9.4 update for MacOS Sierra (beta 2)

ApplePi-Baker v1.9.4 update for MacOS Sierra (beta 2)
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ApplePi-Baker has been updated again – this time fixing a small bug for macOS Sierra users (beta 2 tested).

The disk/SD card size was not displaying. This has been fixed in 1.9.4.

Please report any issues you might run into when running MacOS Sierra, at the original ApplePi-Baker article where you can also download the latest version.

Special thanks to Barry for reporting .




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  • Aug 18, 2016 - 1:42 AM - Jon-Paul Taylor Comment Link

    Thank you for Apple Pi!!! what a life saver. I mainly use Pi and i have a mac. Im not sure why it takes so long to write a card with DD command..this programs is awesome. Thank you.

    Reply

    Jon-Paul Taylor

    • Aug 18, 2016 - 3:55 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Jon-Paul!

      Thank you very much for the Thank-you note and compliment. 
      ApplePi-Baker actually utilizes “dd” as well, I just optimized it for speed.
      I was just too lazy to keep typing and remembering the “dd” statement, so that’s why I created ApplePi-Baker.
      But I’m very glad to hear it’s working well for you as well. Enjoy! 

      Reply

      hans

  • Aug 28, 2016 - 12:49 PM - Chris Comment Link

    I have found that when a 32GB card is imaged once, the card can not be imaged again with the same image. I get the error that the image is 31.9GB and my card is only 31.1GB.

    I have to assume that this has to do with multiple partitions hat are made with the image or something. I have tried MANY things to re-partition or re-format the SD card but it keeps showing up as 31.1GB.

    Any thoughts?

    Reply

    Chris

    • Aug 28, 2016 - 4:46 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      The best way to test would be:

      – Make a backup from a given 32Gb SD card
      – Try to restore it to the exact same card you made the backup from

      “dd” is reading every single byte, and should be able to write it exactly the same way to the card.
      If the card (after restore) isn’t working, then there is something fundamentally wrong with “dd”, which I highly doubt.
      However, if the card is working just fine, and no information was lost, then it’s a matter of calculating the number of used bytes versus the observed capacity of the SD Card. When ApplePi-Baker complains about the card size, you can choose to ignore it and write anyway.

      It has to be the same card you’ve used to make a backup from …
      Even from the same manufacturer, 32 Gb is not always the same as 32 Gb.
      Like you’ve seen, 32Gb can be 31.9 Gb or 31.1 Gb. Both will be marked as a 32Gb SD card.

      Reply

      hans

  • Sep 8, 2016 - 9:14 AM - Patrick Hulman Comment Link

    Hey Hans,

    Great little app you have here. Found a little bug (ok it’s just a typo) but your http://www.tweaking4all.com is http://www.tweaking4al.com at the top right corner. (version 1.9.4)

    Reply

    Patrick Hulman

    • Sep 9, 2016 - 7:38 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks Patrick! 

      Ouch that’s an embarrassing mistake – I’ve added it to the list for the next version 

      Reply

      hans

  • Oct 7, 2016 - 1:13 PM - stibbons - Author: Comment Link

    Just discovered ApplePi Baker! So much useful, using dd on macos is too error prone ! Thanks for this tool !

    Reply

    stibbons

    • Oct 8, 2016 - 9:34 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Stibbons!

      Thank you very much for taking the time to post a “thank you” – it’s very much appreciated! 

      Reply

      hans

  • Oct 25, 2016 - 11:49 AM - Joseph Comment Link

    I’ve been using your fantastic tool for quite some time. Since I’ve updated my Mac to MacOS Sierra I’ve had to update my ApplePI-Baker, unfortunately the latest version doesn’t work as smoothly as previous versions. I’ve found I cannot restore a backup from an external USB hard drive to an SD card, I first have to transfer the backup to my Mac’s internal hard drive before restoring the image to the SD card. Other than this it works as wonderfully as it has always.

    Reply

    Joseph

    • Oct 27, 2016 - 9:30 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thank you Joseph for reporting this issue.

      Unfortunately, I’m in the middle of a move from Europe or the US, so I do not have my gear anywhere near me to test this.

      I expect my stuff to arrive in about 2 weeks, in the meanwhile I’m living in an empty house on an air-mattress hahah 

      I have added it to the “To Do” list though 

      Reply

      hans

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  • Nov 17, 2016 - 4:42 AM - AudioBear Comment Link

    On my Mac – macOS Sierra 10.12.1 (16B2555), ApplePi-Baker won’t restore images files, says ‘Waiting for Recipe (idle)…’ and stays there. It has worked before but not since upgrade to macOS.

    Amy ideas?

    Reply

    AudioBear

    • Nov 17, 2016 - 4:43 AM - AudioBear Comment Link

      Forgot to say ApplePi-Baker 1.9.4

      Reply

      AudioBear

    • Nov 17, 2016 - 8:10 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi AudioBear,

      are you sure you’re running 1.9.4? This version was specifically released because of macOS Sierra.

      Do you happen to be using any other tools that might access this SD card (ie. AntiVirus, or a tool that removes the hidden Apple files from drives)? Did you triple check (this is for normal SD cards) if the “read only” switch is set right?

      Reply

      hans

      • Nov 17, 2016 - 8:22 AM - AudioBear Comment Link

        Yes, it is 1.9.4. I can write to the card and read from it. From the command line it has all the normal hidden files? Is there anything I should look for in the log?

        Reply

        AudioBear

      • Nov 17, 2016 - 9:31 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        I’m not maintaining a log for ApplePi-Baker – I tried implementing that twice now, only to find out that the latest trick I used wouldn’t work in the next macOS release … still looking for a better way …

        It’s not unheard of that the problem occurs when AppePi-Baker is trying to unmount the SD card (and it keeps waiting for that, but macOS is not releasing the SD card). There are several reasons why this can happen, and I assume that most involve some sorts of file access (read or write) by macOS itself (although this never happens to me) or applications that run in the background (ie.anti virus, clean up tools, etc).

        Some users noticed that rebooting the Mac (as annoying as this might sound) seems to resolve the issue – pointing to something locking the SD card from being unmounted. A reboot would force that unmount.

        Reply

        hans

        • Nov 21, 2016 - 1:57 AM - AudiBear Comment Link

          Hi Hans, sadly rebooting does not fix this, it is like it tries to write then just fails. I can read & write files to the micro SD card (in an SD holder) in the SD socket of the Mac, but not with ApplePi-Baker.

          Reply

          AudiBear

        • Nov 21, 2016 - 8:37 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          Hi AudiBear,

          I’ll try to do some tests this upcoming week – it’s Thanksgivings this week, and I’ll be having plenty time then.

          Just something to try when ApplePi-Baker fails: goto Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility and wipe the SD card (for example: Select Erase and make it a FAT disk/partition. Just curious if that works well, or not.

          Reply

          hans

          • Nov 22, 2016 - 1:10 AM - AudiBear Comment Link

            Sorry Hans, Erase with Disk Utility is fine.

            AudiBear

          • Nov 22, 2016 - 7:49 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            So it worked after an erase?

            hans

      • Nov 22, 2016 - 10:14 AM - AudioBear Comment Link

        Sorry Hans, it did not work after an erase, but the erase did work from Disk Utility

        Reply

        AudioBear

  • Nov 17, 2016 - 8:40 AM - Sarel Comment Link

    Good day,

    Absolutely love your App, but I have a problem in that fact that the app does not detect USB drives when inserted into the Macbook.  MacOS sees the drives and I can read and write to them, but the application does not detect the inserted drives.  I have formatted the USB drives FAT, but no luck.  Even when I refresh Pi-Crust I cannot see these drives.  I have tested this with several of my USB drives that I know work.  Any advise or pointers?  Thanks for a great app.

    Reply

    Sarel

    • Nov 17, 2016 - 8:46 AM - Sarel Comment Link

      Forgot to mention I am running v1.9.4.and MacOS Sierra 10.12.1

      Reply

      Sarel

      • Nov 17, 2016 - 9:34 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Unfortunately, I cannot reproduce this issue.

        Try downloading 1.9.4 again, and let me know if it still occurs.
        In the meanwhile I will do some more experiments on my end as well …
        Reply

        hans

        • Nov 17, 2016 - 10:19 AM - Sarel Comment Link

          Hi, Wow – thanks for quick reply.  I have rebooted several times and deleted the app and re-downloaded and re-installed as well.  The same problem manifests.  I have also tried different brands of USB keys as well, the problem persists across them all.  Any specific way I should format the USB drives in MacOS “correctly” to be seen by ApplePi-Baker?

          Reply

          Sarel

        • Nov 17, 2016 - 10:32 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          Hi Sarel,

          well, I’ll send you some Terminal commands, to test. This way I might be able to analyze what’s going on.

          diskutil list

          Which should produce something like this (I do not have a USB stick near me right now, but the stick should be listed as well):

          /dev/disk0 (internal, physical):
             #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
             0: GUID_partition_scheme *500.3 GB disk0
             1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1
             2: Apple_CoreStorage Macintosh HD 499.4 GB disk0s2
             3: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s3
          /dev/disk1 (internal, virtual):
             #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
             0: Macintosh HD +499.1 GB disk1
                                           Logical Volume on disk0s2
                                           D86A929B-563F-494F-812D-8E93D0A89839
                                           Unencrypted

          Now, pay attention to the lines that start with “/dev/disk”, we need those device names for the next commands. Ignore those that have “virtual” or “disk image” in the line. So in the example above we have:

          /dev/disk0 and /dev/disk1, however the line with /dev/disk1 has the word “virtual” in it, so we only have /dev/disk0 left.

          With the lines that are left, now do this:

          diskutil info /dev/disk0

          I’d need to see an example of the one for your USB disk (which is probably not /dev/disk0).

          Reply

          hans

          • Nov 18, 2016 - 3:28 AM - Sarel Comment Link

            Good day Hans,

            Thanks.  Output posted below:

            Initial ‘list’ command:

            /dev/disk4 (external, physical):

               #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER

               0: GUID_partition_scheme *4.1 GB disk4

               1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk4s1

               2: Microsoft Basic Data U 3.8 GB disk4s2

            Subsequent ‘info’ command:

            Device Identifier: disk4

               Device Node: /dev/disk4

               Whole: Yes

               Part of Whole: disk4

               Device / Media Name: Drive SM_USB20

               Volume Name: Not applicable (no file system)

               Mounted: Not applicable (no file system)

               File System: None

               Content (IOContent): GUID_partition_scheme

               OS Can Be Installed: No

               Media Type: Generic

               Protocol: USB

               SMART Status: Not Supported

               Disk Size: 4.1 GB (4051697664 Bytes) (exactly 7913472 512-Byte-Units)

               Device Block Size: 512 Bytes

               Read-Only Media: No

               Read-Only Volume: Not applicable (no file system)

               Device Location: External

               Removable Media: Fixed

               Virtual: No

               OS 9 Drivers: No

               Low Level Format: Not supported

            Sarel

          • Nov 18, 2016 - 7:45 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            OK, I found why it’s not listed … this line is causing the issue:

            Removable Media: Fixed

            So the device is removable … but fixed …? Hahah.
            I will have to do some experiments here to see what happens on my macOS Sierra setup.
            I’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible – thanks for posting the results! 

            hans

    • Nov 17, 2016 - 9:34 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      p.s. Thanks for the compliment 

      Reply

      hans

  • Dec 3, 2016 - 3:47 PM - amurcia Comment Link

    I’d like to check it.

    Reply

    amurcia

  • Dec 22, 2016 - 5:56 PM - J J Comment Link

    Yeah, it definitely doesn’t work on Sierra. 10.12.2

    I tried 8 times with a new 32 gig flash card and it just got hung up on “Waiting for recipe”

    So , I moved the file for pi baker 1.9.4 and the retropie disk image to a usb flash stick and transferred it to an older macbook running 10.9.5 and it ran flawlessly right away. 

    Reply

    J J

    • Dec 23, 2016 - 8:40 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi JJ,

      sorry to hear you’re running into issues. I will try to make some time in the next days – since I cannot reproduce the issue on my Mac (running Sierra). I’ll upgrade to 10.12.2 today to see if I can get the same issue.

      Reply

      hans

      • Jan 30, 2017 - 12:08 PM - Michael Francis Thomas Comment Link

        Hello,

        Just wanted to say i was running into the same exact issue. The on a whim i unchecked the box that says “Auto EJECT after Successful Install” and it started writing the card…

        Not sure if i got lucky or if this sis something to look into on your end, just wanted to help. Love your program…

        Reply

        Michael Francis Thomas

        • Jan 30, 2017 - 12:45 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          Thanks Michael!

          It’s always good to get feedback like this. 

          I’m now curious how many users actually want to auto eject feature, otherwise I’ll just drop that functionality. You’re not the first one to report this issue. 

          As soon as I have one of my other projects done, I will have a look at APB again and see if I can fix this. I’m even considering skipping the use of “dd” by writing my own code for that, but that will take some more effort and I’d have to see that it is at least equally fast 

          Reply

          hans

          • Feb 17, 2017 - 3:29 AM - moby Comment Link

            Nope doesn’t work for me either, just freezes with ‘waiting for recipe’… 10.12.2 Sierra here.

            moby

          • Feb 17, 2017 - 8:19 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            I’ll have to go find some time to build a debug mechanism to see what is going on in these rare occasions, since I cannot reproduce the issue on either of my Mac’s. Did you reboot your Mac in between testing? (I know that sounds super lame, but some users reported this to actually make a difference)

            hans

  • Jan 21, 2017 - 2:39 PM - Barry Comment Link

    Hi Hans,

    Still a Huge Fan of Apple PI Baker, with a small enhancement request.  It seems that SSH is disabled in the new releases of Raspian (Pixel).  Since I tend to create Headless versions of the Pi’s it gets to be a bit of a pain to remount the disk, and touch a file on the boot partition called SSH (see current release notes for raspian).   Could you possible provide a check box/radio button and do a touch /boot/SSH before doing the automatic unmount.  You might want to note the UI check box as make headless version rather than something like touch ssh or whatever to save changes when enough complaints about this add up on the Raspberry Pi site.  A link that describes the problem  solution:  https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=167799

    Thanks as always for great software!

    Reply

    Barry

    • Jan 23, 2017 - 11:04 AM - Barry Comment Link

      Sorry, Slight error….  the file should be /boot/ssh (lowercase)   — old habits are hard to break :-)

      Reply

      Barry

    • Jan 24, 2017 - 11:12 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Barry,

      I’ve added this feature request to the “To Do” list – it will come with some extra work to find the most suitable solution, as this does cannot be applied to all IMG’s out there. As for touch and changing the SSH option, I’ll have to dig in and see if the partition can be accessed read/write by the Mac.

      Thanks for the find on how to enable this, I’m just pasting it below for my own reference;

      2016-11-25:
        * SSH disabled by default; can be enabled by creating a file with name "ssh" in boot partition
        * Prompt for password change at boot when SSH enabled with default password unchanged
      Reply

      hans

  • Feb 25, 2017 - 4:00 PM - Karl Jeffery Comment Link

    Hi,

    having got my first every raspberry Pi this week i have found your tool invaluable, great piece of software!

    I have one small question though – I have made a backup of a 32gb card, can i restore that backup to a different 32GB card (same model/manufacturer) or can the restore only be done to the original card? The question has arisen for me due to the reply at the top of this thread…

    “It has to be the same card you’ve used to make a backup from …

    Even from the same manufacturer, 32 Gb is not always the same as 32 Gb.

    Like you’ve seen, 32Gb can be 31.9 Gb or 31.1 Gb. Both will be marked as a 32Gb SD card.”

    Reply

    Karl Jeffery

    • Feb 26, 2017 - 8:52 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Karl,

      Technically, this should just work. However, manufacturers, even when using the same brand and model, have decided that 32Gb is not 32Gb.
      Alternatively, you can restore to a larger card.

      I apologize for this inconvenience, unfortunately, I have very little influence on this …
      You could try to keep the last partition slightly smaller, so I does not hit the end of your SD card.
      Since “dd” is rather dumb, it would simply keep writing until it fails.
      Note that I have never tested this approach, it just occurred to me 

      Reply

      hans

  • Mar 11, 2017 - 8:07 AM - jax Comment Link

    Hi,

    I was creating a backup with applepi baker when at around 80 percent It froze and now that sd card is not accessible anymore. Can’t even format it.  

    Any  suggestions?

    Reply

    jax

    • Mar 11, 2017 - 3:38 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Jax,

      since APB doesn’t write anything to the SD card during backup, I can only assume 2 possibilities:

      1. You’re using a SD card adapter with a micro SD card, and the adapter is poorly connecting (common problem – remove it and reinsert it, also check the “Read-only” switch on the adapter)

      2. Your SD card is faulty. In that case I honestly do not know what can be done to fix that. I personally would try another way or PC to access the SD card.

      If neither of these work;
      Since it’s most likely having the ext-filesystem on it, you could get a USB bootable (or virtual machine) Linux distro (or GPartEd – use the Live CD/USB stick) and see if you can retrieve something with that. You might have to look into tools that recover or check filesystems.

      Reply

      hans

  • Mar 20, 2017 - 3:07 PM - Sean Comment Link

    Hi, thanks very much for making this tool!

    I am restoring from an .img.gz file that I created as a backup, and the in-progress ETA calculation reports quite a large negative number of seconds. It started positive (and much smaller than I expected) and has now gone negative after some time has passed. My guess? It’s calculating the ETA based on the gzipped file size rather than the actual .img size. Obviously not a blocker as long as the current restore actually completes but would be nice to fix.

    Reply

    Sean

    • Mar 21, 2017 - 8:59 AM - Sean Comment Link

      Brief update: the restore worked just fine. Only bug is in the ETA display as far as I can tell.

      Reply

      Sean

    • Mar 21, 2017 - 9:07 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Sean,

      thanks for reporting this odd effect. The negative number occurs when the number goes beyond what the variable can hold (for example, integer can go from -32,768 to 32,768, but when the value goes beyond that, it loops back to the beginning, so 32769 would actually become -32767). This was a bug in older versions of APB which I thought I had fixed. What version are you using?

      Glad to hear the restore worked anyway 

      Reply

      hans

      • Mar 21, 2017 - 9:14 AM - Sean Comment Link

        I’m using v1.9.4. The gzipped file was around 8 GB (a 32 GB image with quite a bit of empty space in it)… the countdown started at about 3 minutes, but the entire restore ended up taking 15 minutes or so.

        Reply

        Sean

      • Mar 21, 2017 - 1:19 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Yeah the calculation is based on uncompressed filesize, divided by the average speed reported by “dd”. This speed changes as is the image is being written, in your case: fast start but then slowing down (suggesting that cache is being used). 15 minutes seems a little longer than usual though – but it all depends on the speed of your Mac, harddisk, SD-card adapter and SD card.

        Reply

        hans

  • May 13, 2017 - 3:28 AM - stammi Comment Link

    Hi and thank you for this great tool.

    Any news? My PiDrive is also listed as “fixed” and not show in ApplePi-Baker (v.1.9.4 on Sierra).

    Reply

    stammi

    • May 13, 2017 - 11:18 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Stammi,

      I still have to try to find time to make some changes – I’m in the middle of a project finishing up signing my applications (thank you Apple for making it not easy).
      Are you running the beta version or the final 1.9.4 version?

      Additionally, I have to figure a way to determine which media is an SD card, which Apple keeps changing.
      Did you post this question before as “Sarel” ?
      If not, and in case you have not send me this info yet; Some Terminal commands, to test. This way I might be able to analyze what’s going on.

      diskutil list

      Which should produce something like this (I do not have a USB stick near me right now, but the stick should be listed as well):

      /dev/disk0 (internal, physical):
         #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
         0: GUID_partition_scheme *500.3 GB disk0
         1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1
         2: Apple_CoreStorage Macintosh HD 499.4 GB disk0s2
         3: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s3
      /dev/disk1 (internal, virtual):
         #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
         0: Macintosh HD +499.1 GB disk1
                                       Logical Volume on disk0s2
                                       D86A929B-563F-494F-812D-8E93D0A89839
                                       Unencrypted

      Now, pay attention to the lines that start with “/dev/disk”, we need those device names for the next commands. Ignore those that have “virtual” or “disk image” in the line. So in the example above we have:

      /dev/disk0 and /dev/disk1, however the line with /dev/disk1 has the word “virtual” in it, so we only have /dev/disk0 left.

      With the lines that are left, now do this:

      diskutil info /dev/disk0

      I’d need to see an example of the one for your USB disk (which is probably not /dev/disk0).

      (in case you had already done this: my apologies for the delay – it’s rough having a full time job and trying to do what you love besides that and a full house hold – but I’m doing what I can)

      Reply

      hans

      • May 13, 2017 - 11:41 AM - stammi Comment Link

        Hello Hans,

        Thank you for your answer. 

        FIRST:

        No rush! Important is the real life, everything else can wait ;)

        Here is my diskutil list output:

        Device Identifier: disk2

           Device Node: /dev/disk2

           Whole: Yes

           Part of Whole: disk2

           Device / Media Name: My Passport 07BA

           Volume Name: Not applicable (no file system)

           Mounted: Not applicable (no file system)

           File System: None

           Content (IOContent): FDisk_partition_scheme

           OS Can Be Installed: No

           Media Type: Generic

           Protocol: USB

           SMART Status: Not Supported

           Disk Size: 314.0 GB (314038026240 Bytes) (exactly 613355520 512-Byte-Units)

           Device Block Size: 512 Bytes

           Read-Only Media: No

           Read-Only Volume: Not applicable (no file system)

           Device Location: External

           Removable Media: Fixed

           Virtual: No

           OS 9 Drivers: No

           Low Level Format: Not supported

        Thank you for your time, and as I said, no hurry, I also have a real life ;)

        I wish a nice evening

        Reply

        stammi

        • May 13, 2017 - 11:45 AM - stammi Comment Link

          Sorry, i forget to write: 1.9.4 Final

          “Sarel” posted on “november 16” how i see, my post is from today “may 17” ;)

          Reply

          stammi

        • May 14, 2017 - 2:27 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          Thanks Stammi,

          Thanks for understanding …  

          If I’m reading this right, you want to use a USB harddrive?
          A WD Passport – which is considered a fixed drive, not a removable drive.
          In the future I could add the option to show all USB drives … if that’s what you’re looking for. 

          Reply

          hans

  • May 19, 2017 - 9:09 AM - JAUMENS Comment Link

    THANKS

    Reply

    JAUMENS

    • May 19, 2017 - 9:27 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks Jaumens for taking the time to post a thank-you – it’s much appreciated! 

      Reply

      hans

  • Jun 9, 2017 - 2:39 PM - martin Comment Link

    hi!

    Im confused on why it is taking forever, actually not even starting to write a backup image. The progess bar is just started but does not move, after several minutes (more than 20…!)
    I closed the program and opened it again, same thing.
    I also prepared the SD card successfully but backup is not working.
    Im using MACOS Sierra.

    thanks

    Reply

    martin

    • Jun 10, 2017 - 1:41 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Martin,

      there can be numerous reasons why this happens. Short version: macOS appears to not release the SD card for writing.
      I have seen this happen with applications that clean Mac specific files (like .DS_Store, .VolumeIcons.icns, etc), or applications that scan disks for specific reason (ie. Anti Virus), or just macOS doing something with the disk.
      This however is not happening consistently and I have yet to reproduce the problem on my Macs.

      Some users reported that rebooting the Mac helps – suck a Windows solution, but it did seem to work for some.

      From personal experience; when using a micro SD adapter, the Read-only switch tends to slide to read-only pretty easy by accident. But APB should catch that. (device marked as read only).

      Finally, it might be an issue with your access rights – even though that happens rarely.

      Reply

      hans

  • Jul 3, 2017 - 9:54 PM - waldo Comment Link

    i cant find the link to download it! where is it?

    Reply

    waldo

  • Jul 19, 2017 - 8:31 PM - Steven Pataray Comment Link

    Aloha Hans, for the waiting for recipe idle problem on Sierra? Once I plugged my micro sd card directly into the reader it wrote to the card.

     I guess it didn’t like the SD card adapter even if the adapter was in write mode. 

    Reply

    Steven Pataray

    • Jul 20, 2017 - 8:38 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Steven,

      Thanks for the feedback – Glad you did get it to work though.
      How did you connect the SD card adapter [that failed]? Directly to USB? Through a USB hub?
      Just being curious 

      Reply

      hans

      • Jul 20, 2017 - 1:57 PM - Steven Pataray Comment Link

        I was connecting the adapter to a USB hub. But while testing I found it worked better without the USB hub. 

        Mahalo

        Reply

        Steven Pataray

        • Jul 21, 2017 - 9:43 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          Thanks Steve!
          This is good info for other users (and myself) … thanks for letting us know! 

          Reply

          hans

  • Jul 29, 2017 - 10:38 PM - Mike Thornbury Comment Link

    Hi Patrick,

    I’ve been a very happy user of ApplePi Baker for ages and wanted to try creating an image on SSD for my Pi3 using the new USB boot feature, but the baker says no dice – my drive doesn’t show up as a destination.

    Is it possible?

    FWIW, Etcher doesn’t work, either.

    Reply

    Mike Thornbury

    • Jul 30, 2017 - 6:16 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Mike,

      Apple has the tendency to change things in DiskUtil, so it would be good to know what version MacOS you’re working with.

      Reply

      hans

      • Jul 30, 2017 - 9:53 PM - Mike Thornbury Comment Link

        Sorry Hans – Sierra on a 2012 Mini

        Reply

        Mike Thornbury

      • Aug 12, 2017 - 3:42 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Hi Mike,

        sorry for the late response – ApplePi-Baker should run just fine on Sierra.
        It will however not show an SSD drive, it might show it if it’s in an external enclosure.
        I guess I’m a little confused now what you’re trying to do. You’re trying to make a copy of an SD card on your SSD, as an IMG file or overwriting the entire SSD drive?

        p.s. Maybe not related to the issue you’re running into;
        Two things you could consider trying: reboot your Mac, if that doesn’t work, try resetting the SMC (a user reported succes with that). If this still does not work, then you USB device might be 

        Reply

        hans

        • Aug 12, 2017 - 6:05 PM - Mike Thornbury Comment Link

          Hi Hans.

          The Pi 3 can boot from USB media, without an SD.

          You prepare the media the same way as you would an SD.

          I’m using an SSD on a USB adapter.

          Reply

          Mike Thornbury

  • Jul 29, 2017 - 10:39 PM - Mike Thornbury Comment Link

    My apologies, Hans… don’t know where I got Patrick from 

    Reply

    Mike Thornbury

  • Sep 24, 2017 - 8:21 PM - adrian Comment Link

    Hi Ive got the latest pi baker but cannot back up an SD card. The idle message appears and nothing happens.

    Cheers

    Reply

    adrian

    • Sep 30, 2017 - 2:06 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Adrian,

      A few things to try, even though they might sound lame;

      1) reboot your Mac
      2) Reset SMC of your Mac
      3) Test another SD card or SD card reader.

      I know this really sounds lame, but most users seem to resolve their problems in step 1 already 

      Reply

      hans

  • Oct 19, 2017 - 1:01 PM Comment Link
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    […] Use the Win32 Disk Imager on Windows and for  Mac to write the extracted image to the SD card download ApplePi-Baker. […]

  • Oct 29, 2017 - 11:53 PM - Lindsay Comment Link

    How do you download it? All the download links are dodgy Google ads for virus-ware.

    Reply

    Lindsay

    • Oct 30, 2017 - 7:49 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Downloads are listed in a larger rectangular green box.
      Unfortunately, Google Adsense does not offer the means to block these sketchy download ads.
      The only thing I can do is block particular ad links when I see them, so feel free to post them here so I can add them to the list of blocked ads. You can also reply to this email with the link.

      Additionally, you could file a complaint/feedback about these kind of advertisements. I did so a few times already (with little to no effect unfortunately).

      Reply

      hans

  • Nov 4, 2017 - 4:52 AM - oregonoceanhome Comment Link

    I am having a problem with loading retropie disk image onto my SD card. 

    I am using version 1.9.5 baker on 10.11.6 el capitan. The computer is an older 2009 macbook pro

    I have tried writing via the mac slot SD card reader on a 64 gig SD card. When that didn’t work, i tried using a usb sd card reader with a different 32 gig sd card. Both are having the same problem. I formatted with SD Card Formatter application no problem, but when trying to bake the image onto the SD card, it starts saying it should take roughly 2 minutes, but when the time is up, it goes to negative seconds, and the negative timer just keeps going and going while saying “Baking IMG Recipe….”

    Reply

    oregonoceanhome

    • Nov 5, 2017 - 1:57 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Oregonoceanhome!

      Sorry to hear you’re running into issues. First thing I’d try is v1.51 (download it from this page).
      You MacOS version is somewhat dated, so that might be an issue.

      The negative number indicates that the writing speed is insane slo and the calculation (seconds) is so high that it exceeds 32,768 seconds resulting the variable to go negative. Now I assume your SD card reader (internal and external) work just fine, but it can be that APB is not getting the right info back from “dd”.

      Give the old version a try.

      Reply

      hans

    • Nov 5, 2017 - 2:19 PM - Sean Comment Link

      Are you by any chance trying to write a zipped or gzipped image? I think I saw similar problems when it calculates the time remaining using the size of the zipped file rather than the (much larger) size of the unzipped image. The solution in my case was to just ignore the time remaining and leave it be for 30 minute or so and it eventually finished successfully.

      Reply

      Sean

      • Nov 5, 2017 - 8:18 PM - oregonoceanhome Comment Link

        I decided to let it just keep plugging away. I’m not sure how long it took as I did it overnight. But it did eventually work somewhere between 1 hour an 8 hours later. Appreciate the replies. Glad it got going!

        Reply

        oregonoceanhome

  • Dec 16, 2017 - 10:02 PM - Kevin Comment Link

    Trying to write a MinePeon disk image to an 8gb micro SD. It’s plugged into a USB adapter because my mac doesn’t have an SD port.

    No SD cards show in the “Possible SD-Cards”.

    OSX 10.11.5

    AppiePi-Baker v1.5.1

       Device Identifier: disk2

       Device Node: /dev/disk2

       Whole: Yes

       Part of Whole: disk2

       Device / Media Name: Multi-Card

       Volume Name: Not applicable (no file system)

       Mounted: Not applicable (no file system)

       File System: None

       Content (IOContent): GUID_partition_scheme

       OS Can Be Installed: No

       Media Type: Generic

       Protocol: USB

       SMART Status: Not Supported

       Total Size: 7.9 GB (7948206080 Bytes) (exactly 15523840 512-Byte-Units)

       Volume Free Space: Not applicable (no file system)

       Device Block Size: 512 Bytes

       Read-Only Media: No

       Read-Only Volume: Not applicable (no file system)

       Device Location: External

       Removable Media: Yes

       Media Removal: Software-Activated

       Virtual: No

       OS 9 Drivers: No

       Low Level Format: Not supported

    Reply

    Kevin

    • Dec 17, 2017 - 5:03 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks Kevin for the great info!

      I’ll dig into the code and see what it would skip this disk. I’ve seen SD cards being reported as not removable, but that’s not the case here.

      Reply

      hans

    • Dec 17, 2017 - 5:25 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Looking through my code, I would not know why it’s skipping this one.
      I’ll need some more time to test this … 

      Reply

      hans

      • Dec 18, 2017 - 8:45 PM - Kevin Comment Link

        Sounds great thanks for looking into this for me!

        Reply

        Kevin

  • Dec 18, 2017 - 12:47 AM - Psiphon Handler Comment Link

    THANKS 

    Reply

    Psiphon Handler

  • Feb 16, 2018 - 9:00 PM - Barry Comment Link

    Hans,

    New problem trying to write raspian stretch lite to a 16GB uSD Card.  Last little bit, shows 1 or 2 seconds left APB seems to hang

    Workin on latest version of High Sierra

    regards,

    Reply

    Barry

    • Mar 3, 2018 - 4:48 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Barry,

      if it “hangs” in the first few seconds, then I suspect that APB is unable to unmount the SD card. I’m planning on making a new version of APB that verifies this in a more reliable way since occasionally this seems to happen.

      One thing I noticed is that some applications “lock” a volume (SD card) and prevent timely unmount.
      For example I’m using 2 tools from Paragon to read/write NTFS and Ext file systems. Even Apple’s Disk Utility seems to have issues un-mounting volumes when I try to repartition or format SD cards, because of these applications.

      Other applications like Anti Virus or tools that keep non-Mac volumes “clean” (ie. removing those special Apple files) seem to occasionally “lock” a volume.

      In all these cases you can try to temporary disable these utilities – in the hope that un-mounting works quicker.

      Reply

      hans

      • Mar 4, 2018 - 9:51 AM - Barry Comment Link

        Hans,

        I suspect that it might be related the the incomplete write problem.  I also just tried to create a version of Jessie From 05 July 2017 full version (Stretch was giving me too many problems bringing up a LAMP Server) and it wont boot because the uSD card is corrupted.  Same version of Jessie, in the lite version creates without flaws.  However the latest stretch lite version seems to exhibit the hand problem mentioned slightly over half the time.   I think it may have something to do with writing the last buffers out to the end of the disk and may be dependent on something like total file sector count, file size, or something like that.   Used “etcher” (I do not like their interface at all –yours is SO much better) and no problems were encountered.  Back in the day we used to have to kick Unix and Debian with a reboot or shutdown sequence on the CLI to ensure the final buffers write out to the disk (i.e. sync; sync; sync; reboot).   

        Also on the new version please implement a check box to create the file “ssh” on the /boot partition to get around raspian’s paranoia for those of us who regularly create headless versions to enable ssh on a newly created version.

        Thanks again for all you do….

        Reply

        Barry

        • Mar 4, 2018 - 9:55 AM - barry Comment Link

          Small correction here the forth sentence reads “… seems to exhibit the hand problem mentioned ….” 

           should be “… seems to exhibit the hang problem mentioned ….”

          Reply

          barry

      • Mar 7, 2018 - 3:06 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Hi Barry,

        apologies for the late response … 

        Just out of curiosity – is your IMG file compressed (ZIP or something like that)?
        I recently added a sync at the end of the “dd” task, so in case you have downloaded your version of APB a while ago, please make sure to download it again and give it a try.

        I’d be happy if I can resolve this issue. 

        Reply

        hans

        • Mar 15, 2018 - 11:20 AM - barry Comment Link

          Sorry for the late reply.   I never use the APB feature for writing compressed files.  I use the standard MacOS decompress feature and keep the files in decompressed format.  With a 2TB USB backup, of older versions of Raspian (I go back to Wheezy) who cares how many 2 or 4 GB files there are   I only keep the latest release of full and Lite on my laptop so not too much space required   I do think the hang problem may also be related to the corrupted problem, and both deal with writing the final sectors out.  May be because you cross a boundary or not a full block write (i.e. writing  a 2048 byte block in a 4096 byte sector without padding the entire last block out with sync’s or nulls — something weird like that.  

          Reply

          barry

        • Mar 16, 2018 - 3:39 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          Thanks Barry!

          I’ll tak a look this week and see what I can find concerning “the last block” … I thought I had added the sync option to “dd”, just to make sure I’ll verify.

          Reply

          hans

  • Mar 3, 2018 - 8:16 PM - Ralph Comment Link

    I’m using Mac High Sierra.  Tried two card today, after it appeared the process was done, the timer started going negative, process did not end.

    Cards were 32GB

    I have used previous versions and it worked great.

    Reply

    Ralph

    • Mar 7, 2018 - 3:01 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Ralph,

      A user reported that this issue may be ZIP related.
      Extract the IMG file from the ZIP file and try again.
      Negative numbers may be caused by strange returns of the ZIP application when it comes to speed – which makes ETA prediction unreliable.

      Reply

      hans

      • Mar 14, 2018 - 9:39 PM - Joshua Comment Link

        Hey Hans!  

        I just wanted to let you know that I was having that same issue on High Sierra and extracting the image made it work.  So… thanks for the tip!  And, of course, thanks for making this thing for us to use.  :-)

        -Josh

        Reply

        Joshua

        • Mar 15, 2018 - 5:31 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          Hi Joshua!

          Thanks for letting us know how you fixed it. 
          And many thanks of course to you for taking the time to take a “thank you” note. 

          Reply

          hans

  • Apr 23, 2018 - 7:56 PM - Tyler - Author: Comment Link

    Hiya, 

    It is taking a pretty crazy long time to put the image on my SD card.. I’m not sure if I am doing something wrong? (Currently it is at – 2400 seconds and counting. 

    Thanks! 

    Reply

    Tyler

    • Apr 24, 2018 - 2:36 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi tyler,

      I’m sorry to hear you’re running into this issue. Most likely, you’re using a compressed IMG file (is. zip, 7z, etc).
      Decompress the file and try the straight IMG file and see if that resolves the issue.

      Reply

      hans



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