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  • #16
    If you spend a little time with Google, you can use dd on your Zee with an ssh terminal. However, you won't be able to use the internal microSD reader since you will be booted and running linux from it. You can, however, use the USB ports. So, a USB SD card reader and a USB stick with the image on it would work.
    I would recommend having a USB live linux distro and get used to using it. They help when Windows doesn't boot, USB drives won't play in Windows and you want to recover, etc. I have used Parted Magic for years. https://partedmagic.com/
    But, any live Ubuntu or other distro is easy to use. https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop

    The Zee 2 image is downloadable here:
    https://www.homeseer.com/updates3/hs...age_091218.zip and you can find it https://homeseer.com/current-downloads/

    The Z-Net image is here:
    http://homeseer.com/updates3/znet_v2.img

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    • #17
      Originally posted by raprap View Post

      Thanks, Thom. You are suggesting, then, that there is something wrong with the image file as it hangs as soon as I select it?
      When I insert my SD card it actually shows four drive letters E, F, G and, H. If I choose any drive except for root0 (H it would hang. Choose H and would create an IMG with all of the partitions in it, I have written two or three cards from that IMG and they worked great.

      Click image for larger version

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      • #18
        Originally posted by msinklair View Post
        If you spend a little time with Google, you can use dd on your Zee with an ssh terminal. However, you won't be able to use the internal microSD reader since you will be booted and running linux from it. You can, however, use the USB ports. So, a USB SD card reader and a USB stick with the image on it would work.
        I would recommend having a USB live linux distro and get used to using it. They help when Windows doesn't boot, USB drives won't play in Windows and you want to recover, etc. I have used Parted Magic for years. https://partedmagic.com/
        But, any live Ubuntu or other distro is easy to use. https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop

        The Zee 2 image is downloadable here:
        https://www.homeseer.com/updates3/hs...age_091218.zip and you can find it https://homeseer.com/current-downloads/

        The Z-Net image is here:
        http://homeseer.com/updates3/znet_v2.img
        Thanks for reminding me the raw image is available for download from HS! The image file in the ZIP archive reports just under 8GB. Far cry from the image that Win32 created from my new unused Zee mSD card. Next, image a new mSD and see if it comes alive!!!

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        • #19
          Originally posted by thomauto@aol.com View Post

          When I insert my SD card it actually shows four drive letters E, F, G and, H. If I choose any drive except for root0 (H it would hang. Choose H and would create an IMG with all of the partitions in it, I have written two or three cards from that IMG and they worked great.

          Click image for larger version

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ID:	1313044
          Thank you. When I looked at the card using Win7 Explorer I did not see any directory hierarchy as your image shows...odd.

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          • #20
            Interesting... I downloaded the HS3Pi_091218 image which was the only one available. Given the mSD card, SD Formatter, and Win32DI issues I was having I pulled out my old Win7 laptop to give it a go. Well, SD formatter ran just fine. Then I selected Etcher to copy the image to the mSD card. No problems!

            A few days later on hte HS download page the HS3Pi image has been updated!

            HS3Pi_091218 file size is just under 8GB
            HS3Pi_070319 file size is 15.588GB! This is just the same file size when I copied it from my new Zee and Etcher will not write the image complaining about lack of space on a 16GB card. Same exact issue I was dealing with at the onset.

            It seems my new Zee was delivered with the new image which was likely updated due to the new release of HS3.

            I do have a 32GB mSD card laying around, I'll give it a try...

            Update: 1st attempt was with a PNY 16GB card, not enough space. I have a 16GB Transcend card which is the card HS uses and ships. Etcher is now write the image.

            Side note on Etcher, there is no need to extract the file from the ZIP archive. Etcher will do that. Does that save some room on your hard drive!

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