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Offline N1JWW

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Backup function
« on: October 22, 2020, 07:52:12 am »
Does the backup / restore function within the Pi-Star dashboard, only apply for specific settings and configuration?  I am assuming it does....   It is not backing up the entire card, correct? 

Sorry, but I am one month into this Pi-Star hotspot thing and have corrupted my card.

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Re: Backup function
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2020, 11:49:48 am »
You're correct: The backup/restore function only applies to pi-star configuration settings (and omits certain ones such as system/dashboard passwords).

It does not back up the entire card.

There is a way to make a complete, fully functional, backup clone of your existing Pi-Star installation to another microSD card.  Doing so allows you to power down your hotspot, swap in the cloned copy for the corrupted one, power up the hotspot, and be "back in business" in no time.

Check here for details: http://mitchhopto.com/rpi-clone.html

Of course, you need to do this BEFORE you corrupt your only copy.  Unfortunately, it sounds like you're past that point.  But keep it handy for when you manage to get it running again.

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« Last Edit: October 22, 2020, 11:54:22 am by WB3IHY »

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Re: Backup function
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2020, 11:54:06 am »
No, Fortunately I purchased a backup card with the Hot Spot, I just want to clone it before I mess up the backup card.  I don't even know what I did that messed up the first card.  I power it down from the dashboard on my iPhone.  The consensus is that you just don't pull the usb power cable from the hot-spot. I turned it on and it says that is was updated and needed to know what "Modem" was installed on the Hot spot and when I select that choice now and save changes it gives me an error.  Robert seemed to think it is corrupted.  To top it off, I don't currently have the Micro-USB to Ethernet cable to get into the config without WiFi.

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« Last Edit: October 22, 2020, 11:56:34 am by N1JWW »

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Re: Backup function
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2020, 12:00:45 pm »
If this is a TGIF-Spot (either junior or its "big brothers) then the RPI-Clone utility should already be installed on the card.  Following the cloning procedure on the link I provided should allow you to make a fully working clone copy.

Your power down procedure before disconnecting the USB cable is spot on.  Just make sure to wait 30 seconds after issuing the power off command to make certain the hotspot fully completes its shut down.

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Re: Backup function
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2020, 03:42:35 pm »
Thanks, Joe.  That looks awful daunting.  But I will try it and see what happens.

I just wished I knew what caused the card to get "Corrupted".  Yesterday morning after powering off as described, I turned it on and after logging into pi-star, I get a window that says:

"WARNING: The modem selection has been updated, Please re-select your modem from the list"

Robert informed me what modem to select.  This greenhorn didn't know which one to pick from the list of 20 or more.  I selected the one he advised and clicked "Save Changes" and I get an error and the same window pops up again and the cycle keeps repeating itself.  Yes It is the junior, but I don't have the ethernet cable adapter and I don't think it will get far enough along to be able to log back into the pi-star dashboard.  Like I said, I have a backup card, but would feel better if I cloned it before using it.

Jeff W Waldrop

« Last Edit: October 22, 2020, 03:48:51 pm by N1JWW »

 

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