Talk:Prepare a bootable SD card to run Balsa

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From an email from Kim Mon, 23 Aug 2010 23:25:34 -0400


We can use a Live CD for the GParted step; also for the zsync, perhaps, because the LiveCD can mount a Win partition, I think. But can we use a Live CD system to untar the image? Even if it would untar into memory or a ramdisk or something, it wouldn't be saved after shutdown, right? There is mention of this here:


This needs to be tested.

--Wes 13:21, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

The Live CD can mount the SD card, so it can untar directly onto the card, from a tar file that was downloaded onto the Windows partition. Using rsync for new cards is inefficient, so untarring directly onto the card is better anyway. Using rsync is good when you want to upgrade or reset an existing card. Although it's nice to have just one set of instructions that covers everything, I think we should have separate instructions for upgrades and resets.

Note that the procedures will change substantially when we move to distributing disk images.

--Neil Mayhew 18:07, 25 March 2011 (UTC)