I bought a Raspberry Pi Starter kit online (and it came with a sd card), and had it running Raspbian. I then went and installed Rasbmc on it and I corrupted my SD Card. I wiped it clear and then installed Noobs on it and ran Rasbmc. I wanted to go back and install Raspbian on it again but it said I did not have enough memory. I wiped it AGAIN and installed noobs, plugged it into my raspberry pi and it said I did not have enough memory still. Since then, I have tried formatting it several times but I cannot get it to clear. I am trying to do this from a Mac.

  • type sudo parted then print at the Pi prompt, then post the result.
    – Milliways
    Feb 28, 2014 at 5:31
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    Open Disk Utility. Select your SD card on the left. Open the tab Partition on the right. Change Partition Layout to `1 Partition.
    – Gerben
    Feb 28, 2014 at 17:09
  • I am loading raspbmc to show the result of sudo parted...@Milliways I will then try @Gerben 's idea. Feb 28, 2014 at 22:38
  • Update: @milliways I tried the sudo parted and got the command not found. I am sure I spelled it the same as you did. Feb 28, 2014 at 22:52
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    It is possible the partition manager is not in RaspBMC. You could use Disk Utility or diskutil list on the Mac to list partitions, but this will not show Ext4. You could use @Gerben's suggestion to erase the card, but this is not necessary if you are copying a fresh NOOBS using du or similar.
    – Milliways
    Feb 28, 2014 at 23:17

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I cannot comment so I'll have to post this as an answer. What size is your SD card? Somewhere I read that the latest versions of Raspbian require 4GB+. I have found that NOOBS often requires a bigger size because it has an installer and then also has the operating system you want to use (Raspbian, OpenELEC, RaspBMC etc etc).

  • I think your right. I just found a 8GB SD card and I put NOOBS on it. It worked. The thing I was trying to figure out is why it let me use the first one before but not now. Maybe it's the two additional programs that were added to Raspbian - mathematis and wolfram Mar 1, 2014 at 17:06
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    Quite possibly, although they'd be quite small :)
    – developius
    Mar 1, 2014 at 19:22
  • It told me I needed like 10 megabytes more, so that was probably it. Mar 3, 2014 at 16:48
  • I think wolfram and dependencies are on the order of 500 MB...why Raspbian includes it by default I do not understand.
    – goldilocks
    May 31, 2015 at 15:24
  • @goldilocks yeah so maybe not quite so small...
    – developius
    May 31, 2015 at 15:31

NOOBS require atleast of 4GB memory. So we need atleast 8GB memory card for it's installation. I think you got 4GB SD Card. That's why it shows it doesn't have enough memory to carried out installation.

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