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Is it a bad idea to use an SD card for home directory?

I'm planning to make an SD card (or a flash drive) my home directory so as to be able to work on different PCs without much hassle. Is this a bad idea for some reason?
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Stress testing SD cards using linux

I got into a little debate with someone yesterday regarding the logic and/or veracity of my answer here, vis., that logging and maintaining fs meta-data on a decent (GB+) sized SD card could never be ...
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Safely use SD cards when power can go out at any time

We're working on a small embedded Linux system (2.6.35-ish) with a smallish internal NAND device for the OS and applications (250-500Meg) and an SD card with 8Gb SDHC SD cards for data. The unit's ...
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How can I check the condition of an SD card?

How can I check the health condition of an SD card? When I want to check a hard drive, I can use SMART, how should I check an SD card? Is there a universal approach?
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Best file system for removable media

Recently I had a SD card destroyed ( software wise ) on me. Basically as well as I can figure it out, all the metadata was wiped (ext4 card). This happened when I was working and suddenly had to write ...
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Eye-FI SD Card not working with inbuilt card reader

I am tring to get my cardreader to work with and eye-fi SD card. My System is as follow: #uname -a Linux computer 3.2.0-0.bpo.2-amd64 #1 SMP Thu Mar 15 20:46:44 UTC 2012 x86_64 GNU/Linux Debian ...
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Trouble getting busybox switch_root to work

I'm working on an embedded ARM Linux system that boots using initramfs. (Here's some background from a couple earlier questions, if you're interested.) So far, thanks in part to help received here, I ...
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dd, seek with one block size, write with another block size

Background Info: Copying some .bin files to an SD card (to be read by an embedded device, no filesystem) Commissioning the card requires some segments to be wiped (i.e. zero'd), and others to have ...
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File system that never breaks (data loss acceptable)

There're several existing topics revolving around this issue, but what I seek is slightly different. I have an sd card on an embedded Linux and it suffers from power loss. I might be able to modify ...
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Utility to TRIM unallocated space on drive

I have a drive (SD card) with a few ext4 partitions but also some unallocated space. The fstrim utility can only work within a filesystem. Before I reinvent the wheel and write one, is there another ...
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SD card not accessible (works in an old Nokia though)

Background I have two visually same 2GB microSD cards, both labeled "SD-C02G JAPAN", under the "2GB microSD" logo. My problem is that I can't read one of them in any device except an old Nokia 5310 ...
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mounting a SD card without a partition

I try to mount a SDHC card under GNU/Linux. Unlike what happens usually, /var/log/syslog doesn't mention sdb1, just: Jul 26 16:07:53 xvii kernel: [ 159.404842] scsi 6:0:0:0: Direct-Access Singim ...
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Installing Ubuntu/Debian on 16 GB SD Card

Is it possible to install Ubuntu/Debian on my 16 GB SD Card ? Do I just during installation process chose my SD Card partition and install it (that doesn't work if we have USB) or do I need to install ...
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Differences between dd in Mac OS X and Linux

When using Linux (Debian), I often use dd to copy a disk image to an SD card. I have written a script that throws an error if the device file specified in the "of" option is too large. This keeps me ...
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Risks involved with lazy_itable_init=1 for ext4 fs on SD card

My setup is the following: Linux kernel 2.6.28 e2fsprogs 1.42.7 64 GB class 10 SD card I am attempting to speed up the time it takes to format the entire card to an ext4 filesystem. My research ...
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How can one force a re-scan of an SDIO bus from Linux user space?

On an embedded Linux platform, I have a network adapter attached to an SDIO interface. There is no Card Detect signal on this particular bus. If for instance, I turn the network adapter power on or ...
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dd to clone to smaller sdcard

One of my Raspberry Pi's is using a 4GB SDcard for the root/boot filesystem. As seen when mounted on another system: Disk /dev/sdc: 3904 MB, 3904897024 bytes 121 heads, 62 sectors/track, 1016 ...
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extending a partition by resize2fs

I have a 4 GB SD card. Before the image load root@ubuntu# fdisk -l Disk /dev/sdb: 3965 MB, 3965190144 bytes 49 heads, 48 sectors/track, 3292 cylinders, total 7744512 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * ...
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Realtek RTS5209 PCI-E Card Reader only work if card is inserted before boot

Hardware Info Laptop Model: Sony Vaio Pro 13 Problematic Hardware: Bulti-in Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5209 PCI Express Card Reader Problem description Here is the problem, if I boot with ...
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btrfs on SD card, what does “Btrfs detected SSD devices, enabling SSD mode” mean exactly?

I'm experimenting with using btrfs on my Debian Linux armhf system. The rfs is on a micro SD card. On bootup I get the message "Btrfs detected SSD devices, enabling SSD mode". What features does ...
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How to prepare a new MicroSDXC card for use with Android?

After buying a 64 GB MicroSDXC card and plugging it into my Android phone, it wasn't recognized. What do I need to do to use the space on this device? Many articles suggest installing closed source ...
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Chrubuntu on Acer C7: SD card reader only works on AC power?

I have an Acer C7 chromebook on which I have installed Chrubuntu. Everything works great except that the SD card reader doesn't work when the computer is running from battery power. It recognizes the ...
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How to write isolinux to an ext4 filesystem

How would I write isolinux to an ext4 filesystem on an 1 GB SD card so that it would boot at startup?
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SD card reader on Linux: SPI or SD protocol underneath

I've a notebook with a SD card reader and I was wondering if the GNU/Linux driver is using the SPI protocol or the proprietary SD protocol (one or four bits). I'm asking this because I'm testing a SPI ...
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Resetting MMC controller without physically removing the card?

I'm trying to rescue data from an SDHC card using ddrescue: while true ; do ddrescue -d /dev/mmcblk0p1 mmc.img mmc.log ; done The controller, I'm not sure if it's the one on the card or the one in ...
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Why is my SD card not being recognized?

I'm using Lubuntu 11.10 on a VAIO notebook. Here is my uname output: Linux vaio 3.0.0-16-generic-pae #28-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jan 27 19:24:01 UTC 2012 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux I don't know why but today ...
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Linux 2.6.32, busybox, Identify physical SD device

I have a USB card reader with two SD card interfaces and two USB ports (so it can also act as a USB hub) all on the same device. I am running an embedded Linux device that is unsupervised in its use ...
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Installing Arch Linux on SD Card - Problem Writing Partition Table

I've been trying to install Arch Linux onto an SD card to use plugged into my macbook. Currently, I've booted into the installation media on a usb key and I'm trying to write the GPT partition table ...
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How to reload media parttion table after dd [duplicate]

When I overwrite the partition table with dd command I can't mount my new partition mmcblk0p1 because is not updated I need to force reload partition table of SD-Card mmcblk0, I unplug and plug ...
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How to make sd card as default boot in uboot?

U-Boot 2013.07 (Nov 21 2013 - 18:12:40) Memory: ECC disabled DRAM: 1 GiB MMC: zynq_sdhci: 0 SF: Detected N25Q128A with page size 64 KiB, total 16 MiB In: serial Out: serial Err: serial Net: ...
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Set PERM_WRITE_PROTECT on an SD card

From what I read here and here I gather that there is a bit on SD cards called PERM_WRITE_PROTECT that will allow me to make an SD card read only. Is it possible to set this bit from Linux? If so, ...
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sfdisk failing to write partition to disk [closed]

I am trying make my microSD card bootable to Ubuntu. I am trying to use sfdisk to create the partitions. When I do that this is the error I am getting: Using sfdisk to create partition layout ...
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How to check/test internal card reader speed

I got new SD card claimed to be 10 class of speed, but internal Disk utility in linux after test showed up only 6th class of speed. How can I check my card reader speed to be sure that it's not the ...
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Disk image copied to my SD card doesn't boot

I'm following this tutorial to copy Cubian to my SD card: https://github.com/cubieplayer/cubian/wiki/Install-Cubian. and I'm using the following command as the tutorial suggested: sudo dd ...
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Writing ISO (Specifically Debian Jessie) to an SD Card

When updating Debian Wheezy (the stable release) to Jessie, it crashed, so it is currently unusable. The only solution to this, as far as I can tell, is to overwrite Jessie on top of what is currently ...
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What actually happens when the checksum fails for a file using btrfs?

I'm testing using btrfs on my embedded Linux system. It uses a uSD card for the rfs. This system is remotely deployed so there's no human sysadmin to take care of it. My question is what happens ...
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How to write to SD card with dd command?

Having some trouble with writing to my SD card, burning NOOBS (New Out Of Box Software) software to my SD card for Raspberry Pi. Attempted to use the following command as root: # dd bs=1M ...
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Extract TAR to SD-Card and verify contents afterwards

We currently extract a TAR archive to a SD-Card like this tar xf ${ROOT}/rootfs.tar -C /cynox/${DRIVE}/${TARGET} As a side note: The rootfs.tar contains files for an embedded Linux system. Some of ...
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mmcqd hangs and burns the CPU on the embedded device

On my embedded system I'm writing an intensive video stream to SD. I don't mount partitions, just write to /dev/mmcblk0p1. After a while my writing process hangs. I get [16952.240000] INFO: task ...
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How would you install the RTS5139 Card Reader driver for use on Fedora 19

Is it possible to install the rts5139 driver in Fedora 19 3.11.8-200.fc19.i686.PAE kernel ? I have a Lenovo G570 laptop, on which I run Fedora 19 (3.11.8-200.fc19.i686.PAE kernel) on one hard disk, ...
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How do I enable kernel option MMC_UNSAFE_RESUME

I am trying sleep and wake up my Kobo Mini ebook reader manually by using the command rtcwake. The reader is using busybox. cat /proc/version gives me this output: Linux version 2.6.35.3-850-gbc67621+ ...
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SDcard support in Linux for ENE Flash UB6250 card reader (found on Acer Aspire One 522)

I have an Acer Aspire One 522 netbook for which I want to get the SDcard reader working, but I'm having trouble getting it to recognize the SDcard after it is inserted. I use Slackware and always ...
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SD card corrupt and stuck at 32MB, any way to fix it?

Using the Linux area since I'm using Linux apps and utilities. My phone crashed (several times) and managed to corrupt my microSD card. It no longer appears to have partitions and shows as 32MB ...
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Space Problems? [closed]

I just got a new SD card for my pi. Trying to install node.js, I ran out of space (I've also recently installed a LAMP server system). But, when I plug it into my main (Windows-Ubuntu dual-boot) ...
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Yet another problem mounting SD cards! [closed]

I've got an SD card that's not mounting properly. /dev/mmcblk0 exists, but /dev/mmcblk0p1 doesn't when I insert the card. The output of fdisk -l /dev/mmcblk0 is: 4 heads, 16 sectors/track, 242560 ...
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Make an SD card to boot the distribution image created with Yocto

I have managed to build images for my own compiled Linux kernel source code using Yocto. Yocto has produced image files according to: ...
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How do you hide “Generic USB SD Reader” in nemo file manager when a card is not present?

I'm running Linux Mint 16. I have a external card reader that has CF, MS, SD, and SM readers in it as well as 3 USB ports. Is there a way to hide the card reader ports from nemo's my computer when ...
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Raspbian migrating to bigger SD card

As I was running out of space on my Raspberry PI, I picked up another SD card. The 'old' card was only 4GB, the new one is 8GB. I made an image with Win32DiskImage and wrote this to the 8GB card. ...
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Why is my embedded Linux unable to detect the sd device?

I have this ARM9 SAM9G25 embedded System, running a Linux 2.6.39 Kernel and a Busybox. I put the Images (of the bootloaders, and the linux+initramfs) on a SD so that in the end the system is booting ...
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Recovering files from partitions at a corrupted SD card?

I got a problem with my SD card which had got Raspbian. Everything seemed to be ok while working with the raspberry. I inserted it to my laptop running Ubuntu 12.04.4 to fetch some files. It first ...