Imaging an SD card for PlugPBX (GUI)

  • We provide the image file in a compressed bzip2 file format. You can decompress this file format with the excellent (and free) 7Zip program, at https://www.7-zip.org/
  • So once you’ve decompressed the file, you should end up with a .img file. If you want check the md5 sum of the file before flashing. The free and easy to use winmd5sum tool works well and can be found at http://www.winmd5.com/ – If an .img file does not match our md5 sum, don’t flash it, download it again or reach out for help.
  • If you are using windows to image an SD card and want to do so easily via the GUI, I recommend Run Roadkil’s DiskImage Tool. It’s by far the easiest tool we have found online, and it’s free! You can get it here at http://www.roadkil.net/program.php?ProgramID=12
  • You should also check out some of his other tools and software!
  • Simply download, run and install the program. Select the .img file and select the disk drive letter of the SD card you are going to flash to under the “Write Image” tab. Double check the disk size to ensure it matches your SD card size. DO NOT PICK THE WRONG DISK, as you can damage or destroy your system or other drives /data. Double, no triple check!

     

    roadkill disk image 1.6

 

  • In this example above we’re flashing the Dec22 image to our SD Card (note the 3.83 gig volume listed above). Click start, and the image will be written raw to the SD card, showing both data rate, and estimated time of completion.
  • Bonus Points: Once you have a PERFECT setup working as you want, SHUT down the SheevaPlug, and insert your SD card back into your Windows host, run this application again and use the “Store Image” tab. You’ll copy your SD card into your own .img file for safe keeping – you can duplicate your setup, restore from backup etc. If anyone wants to take our releases, and add features and re-release them back  – that would be very cool!

Imaging an SD card for PlugPBX (Windows Command Line)

If you are using windows to image an SD card, I recommend chrysocome.net’s windows port of dd.

  • An example of using the dd windows port with a Drive “E” flash card reader has been included below. In this example the image file will be written to the raw disk device of E:
dd –progress if=betaimageDec22-dhcpfixed4G.img   of=\\.\E:

As with any OS, take great care when imaging a destination device, that you have chosen the CORRECT DISK. If you do not, you can lose data!

The OpenSUSE  website does a great job of providing usage examples so there is little sense duplicating the content here. If there are better / faster examples of using this command please let us know of more optimal settings.

Any Windows tool that allows raw device imaging can be used to render a provided .img file – as its nothing special but a raw rip of the devices storage data, partitions, header, file-system et all in one data stream.

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