Putting DI software on SD card


I used a new 8G SanDisk SD card and was able to install the DI Raspbian software without difficulty. For whatever reason the SD card became corrupted. I put the SD card into my Dell Notebook computer and formatted the SD card again. The card had 7.4G on it. I used windisk installer to install another copy of the unzipped DI Raspbian onto the SD card, but when I look at the SD card it says the size of the SD card is 45M and another 45M available. I tried several methods to recover the full SD card but when the unzipped software is installed I get the same problem.



Hi Michael,
No need to worry about the space when you see it from the computer. The SD card is partitioned when you burn the image to it, so only very less space is available to the user. When you boot it on the Pi you’ll be able to use the rest of the space.



The problem is the SD card does not boot. The software is not on the SD card.



Can you try erasing the SD card completely with the tool from SDcard.org mentioned here http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=91&t=13138 and then try again. It might help.

Also, was there anything in particular that you were doing with the Raspberry Pi when the SD card became corrupted. Improper shutdowns and power supply are know to corrupt the SD card.



When you use SD Formatter, be sure to click “Option” and under “Format Size Adjustment” change it to “On.”

Also, you might want to try using “Win32DiskImager” instead to install a new image; in your original post you said you used “windisk installer”; not sure what that is. We’ve had great success with Win32DiskImager (http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/)


So far here is what I have done. Went to the web site to get SD formatter 3.1 could not find. Got another formatter since I am using windows 7 and I noted some people were having problems with format SD 4.0. Logged in as administrator to format still did not work. I also noted that the software on the SD card after using the win32diskimager was always the same even on the BrickPi SD card that came with the BrickPi. So I thought that I burned out my Raspberry Pi so I had a card with the software I installed previously. The software booted up flawlessly. So my other thought was that I was trying to upgrade the firmware in the GoPiGo as described in the instructions on your web site. This is where I noticed that the SD cards with the img files stopped working. Any ideas?



Karan I actually found a very interesting link http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=58151
that fixed the problem. The raspberry pi needed my HDMI monitor on first. Once I fixed this problem the software installed flawlessly. I hope this helps others with the same problem.