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[SOLVED] Prep a 128GB Card on Mac



  • @jdepp I don’t need help with any “goodies”. I simply cannot create a fresh retropie install on a 128gb card. I have tried cloning a preexisting and creating a new one in all of the above ways. I cannot get a fully useable 128gb as card to work. I have tried all of the things.



  • @mitu I am not asking for support on any non retropie image. I am merely stating that I have both tried to install a fresh retropie image onto a 128gb card - this did not work as the second partition (retropie) only used a little over 2gb and not the full 127gb. And I have also tried to clone a preexisting image (just to say I’ve tried all of the things) and that didn’t work either.



  • @jamesnj said in Prep a 128GB Card on Mac:

    It is not very clear what you are trying to accomplish, and if it even relates specifically to retropie. It sounds to me like you are either trying to set up a multi-boot SD card, or trying to clone an existing 128g card.

    I want to create a NEW retropie install on a 128gb microsd card. I would like to have a number of fresh installs on a few 128GB micro sd cards that I have. However, I cannot even get one created and I have tried “all of the things”, as stated above.

    I don’t want help with roms, adding new software, where to get them, etc.

    I just want to know why I cannot create a brand new retropie install on a 128GB card while using my Mac.

    That’s all.



  • I haven't done 128g card, but I recently did 64g card, and I don't think it should be much different than that.

    Try just loading the raspbian stretch lite distro to your card. I used etcher and it worked fine. If I recall, the default install just makes a small partition with the necessary files, and then when you boot it up it will increase the partition size to the maximum. It's been a while since I did that. Once raspian is where you want it, just load up the necessary packages from there (like emulationstation and dependencies) and should should be ready to go.



  • @jamesnj said in Prep a 128GB Card on Mac:

    I haven't done 128g card, but I recently did 64g card, and I don't think it should be much different than that.

    Thanks for the reply but all of the things I have read have said this “I haven’t tried a 128gb but...” I’ve tried the recommended things and am unable to use the 128gb. I do know that it can work because I was given a 128gb that works. I have tried cloning it but that doesn’t work either.

    Thanks!



  • So just to be sure, you're trying to install the official Retropie image from https://retropie.org.uk/download/ ? I'm asking because that's the only one supported here.

    @likethereindeer said in Prep a 128GB Card on Mac:

    1. When Etcher is used the RETROPIE partition only uses 2.36GB

    That's normal. Retropie should expand the system partition to the card's size at first boot. Did you try to boot the card?

    Did you check the download's checksum that's listed under the download button?

    1. Through extFS I formatted the SD card with a BOOT FAT32 and a RETROPIE extFS 3 partition and then copying the files from the downloaded retropie file and my original SD card received with the Pi.

    The downloaded .gz file should only contain one single .img file. You can't just copy that to an formatted partition, because it's a disk image that contains two partitions itself. You have to use an imager to write it to the card. (Well, you could mount the image in your Mac system to access its contents, but that would be a whole separate issue, and I only know how to do that in Linux.)

    1. I installed NOOBS and ran the install through my Pi. The installation worked fine. After installation the SD drive shows 4 partitions. ???

    I think NOOBS does that to install different Pi operating systems next to each other. But I don't use NOOBS myself, so I don't know any details.

    1. I tried to follow the instructions on the internet with running the "sudo dd" command.

    Which command from which instructions exactly?



  • @clyde said in Prep a 128GB Card on Mac:

    Retropie should expand the system partition to the card's size at first boot. Did you try to boot the card?
    Did you check the download's checksum that's listed under the download button?

    Thank you!

    In summary - TLDR: When using Etcher: Flash downloaded RetroPie installer to new SD card. Once finished insert into RaspberryPi. Boot and configure before adding any other data to it. OS will expand to useable space.



  • @likethereindeer So, your problem is solved? Then please add a "[SOLVED]" at the start of this thread's title by editing your opening post.



  • @clyde Done. Thank you all again.



  • @likethereindeer Thanks, but I meant at the beginning of the title so that it reads "[SOLVED] Prep a 128GB Card on Mac". So everyone can see in the topic list that the thread has already been solved. Potential helpers can then look for other problems to solve, and people with the same problem as yours know there may be a solution to be found here. :)


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