Backing Up your SD Card with Linux

In this video, the viewer is shown several varations of the dd command for backing up an SD card.

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dd command samples

Note: Replace “<DEVICE ID>” with the actual device ID, and “<IMAGE NAME>” with the name you want to call your image.

Note 2: Target the entire SD card, not individual partitions. Basically, leave out the partition numbers:

 * "/dev/mmcblk0" instead of "/dev/mmcblk0p1"
 * "/dev/sdb" instead of "/dev/sdb1"

Normal image (image roughly the same size as the sd card itself)

 sudo dd if=/dev/<DEVICE ID> of=<IMAGE NAME>.img bs=4M; sync


 sudo dd if=/dev/mmcblk0 of=mysdcard.img bs=4M; sync

Restore the image created in the previous example (reverse ‘if’ and ‘of’)

 sudo dd if=<IMAGE NAME>.img of=/dev/<DEVICE ID> bs=4M; sync


 sudo dd if=mysdcard.img of=/dev/mmcblk0 bs=4M; sync

Create an image (and also compress it at the same time, which saves LOTS of space

 sudo dd if=/dev/<DEVICE NAME> | gzip > <IMAGE NAME>.img.gz


 sudo dd if=/dev/mmcblk0 | gzip > mysdcard.img.gz

Restore a compressed SD Card image

 sudo gzip -dc <IMAGE NAME>.img.gz | sudo dd of=/dev/<DEVICE ID>


 sudo gzip -dc mysdcard.img.gz | sudo dd of=/dev/mmcblk0

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