It’s only a matter of time before the 4GB SD card in the Raspberry Pi becomes full. Time-lapse videos and photos take up a lot of space and up until now I’ve been deleting them once we have finished the project.
Just in case our next Time-lapse project is a big one I’ve decided to upgrade from the 4GB SD card (which came with the Raspberry Pi) to a 16GB SD card.
I purchased an ordinary blank 16GB High Speed SDHC card. The problem now is, I’ve done a lot of work on my Raspberry Pi installing software, setting up camera modules, installing automated VNC setting on start up etc, so how do I transfer everything from the 4GB SD Card to the new 16GB card?
It’s not as simple as copying and pasting the files so I had to do a bit of research. I needed to make an .img backup from the 4GB and transfer this .img to the new 16GB. This link http://elinux.org/RPi_Easy_SD_Card_Setup had all the information I needed. I use a MacBook Pro so I followed the instructions for Flashing the SD card using Mac OSX and I downloaded the ApplePi-Baker, this software was very easy to follow.
- First I insert the 4GB card into my Macbook and the SD was visible in the ‘Pi-Crust’ box (if your card does not appear press the refresh button to the right of the ‘Pi-Crust’ Box).
- I then pressed the ‘Backup SD-Card’ button and chose the location to save the .img file.
- The backup process will then begin and it will pop up to say when it is complete.
- Remember to unmount/eject your SD card before removing the SD card from your mac/PC.
- Next insert your new SD card.
- Again the new SD card should now show in the ‘Pi-Crust’ box.
- Now select the ‘IMG to SD-Card’ button and browse to the location of your .img file.
- The .img installation process will now begin and it will install on your new SD card.
- Again REMEMBER to unmount/eject your SD card before removing the SD card from your mac/PC.
- Once complete insert your 16GB SD card into your Raspberry Pi and all your work will be there.
If you’re a Windows PC user follow these instructions Flashing the SD Card using Windows