Formatting SD cards

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The Pandora OS can read cards formatted with various filesystems, including ext2, ext3, fat32, and if the codec pack is installed, NTFS.


To format a card ext3, insert the card into the Pandora, then open terminal, and type: [1]

sudo fdisk /dev/mmcblk0 (use mmcblk1 for the second slot)

't' then '83' to change the partition type to linux, then 'w' to save.

sudo mkfs.ext3 -m 0 /dev/mmcblk0p1 (or mmcblk1p1 for the second slot)

If you want to set a volume name then type:

sudo mkfs.ext3 -m 0 -L volumename /dev/mmcblk0p1


The software to format FAT32 is not included with the Pandora, but can be easily installed. Open terminal, and type: [2][3]

sudo opkg update
sudo opkg install dosfstools

Once installed, you can format a card like so:

sudo mkfs.vfat /dev/mmcblk0p1 (or mmcblk1p1 for the second slot)