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Formatting a SDXC card's two partitions [SOLVED]
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bigpup


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PostPosted: Thu 21 May 2020, 21:24    Post subject:  

Good.
msdos is the partition table type that works best with Puppy software.

Looks like you now have a usable sdxc card.

I use one of these to boot laptop computers.
It is a micro sdxc card.
I have it setup, with about 10 different, frugal installed Puppy versions, and a boot loader menu, to select from.

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Sky Aisling


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PostPosted: Thu 21 May 2020, 21:52    Post subject: Formatting a SDXC card's two partitions
Subject description: Bigpup idea of multiple boots on one card
 

Bigpup writes:

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Looks like you now have a usable sdxc card.

I use one of these to boot laptop computers.
It is a micro sdxc card.
I have it setup, with about 10 different, frugal installed Puppy versions, and a boot loader menu, to select from.


I've often wanted to set up a medium where I had multiple Pups to boot in order to compare them and play with them.
I like your idea of using a memory card to do that.
Or... In playing around with the machine a few weeks ago I took out both hard drives as one seemed bad. I've had time to look at the drives and discovered one is functioning fine. Also, I might be able to rescue the 'bad' drive now that I know the DD command (dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=1M) that you folks taught me last week. I could put the good drive back into the machine and use it to hold a kennel of pups? But, that is for another thread. Very Happy

I'm curious about this re-formatted SDXC card. It appears that what I as a legacy programmer call a 'header' is 1.23 GB in size. That seems like a lot of data space for what I think is a header. What's in all that space?

Thank you for the idea and, of course, your help with this situation.

Grateful,
Sky
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PostPosted: Thu 21 May 2020, 22:24    Post subject:  

This is basically what the used space is.
Why the size it is.
https://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Partition/formatting.html
Looks like Gparted is set to make it 2%.

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PostPosted: Thu 21 May 2020, 23:03    Post subject:  

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I've often wanted to set up a medium where I had multiple Pups to boot in order to compare them and play with them.


Frugalpup Installer
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=114340

On my micro sdxc card.
I used Frugalpup Installer to install a bunch of different Puppy versions, as individual frugal installs.
Then used Frugalpup Installers, boot loader installer, to install a boot loader, with entries for all. When run, it makes entries for all it finds on the drive.

To make the micro sdxc card boot on any computer (old style bios or UEFI). I told the boot loader installer to install both type boot loaders. Old style and UEFI.

Also, for UEFI computers.
Partitioned the drive with two partitions.

First one a small 300mb, formatted fat32, flagged boot.
All boot loader stuff goes on it. Used as boot partition.
(that is a UEFI requirement for a boot partition)

Rest of drive, a partition formatted ext 3 or 4.
All the frugal installs go on it.

Note:
Frugalpup Installer is a little hard to first use. It gives a lot of options and asks you to select stuff.
On main window.
Puppy button does the installs.
Boot button installs the boot loader(s).
Does have a good help info if you take time to read it.

But we are Puppy users! We need no stinking help info! Laughing Laughing

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