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.IMG files seem to be a very good way to backup and restore Raspberry Pi SD Cards, but as far as I can tell there seems to be no equivalent on the Mac.

Maybe?!

PS. Please don't tell me to use the "dd" command, I'd love for the app to have a GUI.

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    You say "maybe a terminal command?" then tell us not to give you a command. – Jaken Herman Mar 11 '15 at 21:50
  • Edited... yes well... there are those terminal apps that sport some kind of primitive GUI. "dd" is so much more than a terminal command, it's a "blind" terminal command. – unom Mar 11 '15 at 22:14
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I know you said you didn't want to use dd but you may find this useful.

All you have to do is insert the SD Card and run the following. I does all the difficult stuff.

You may have to modify /temp/Pi/ to match the desired location for the image.

#!/bin/bash
# script to backup Pi SD card
# 2014-07-20
#DSK='disk4'
# Find disk with LInux partition (works for Raspbian)
export DSK=`diskutil list | grep "Linux" | cut -c 69-73`
if [ $DSK ]; then
    echo $DSK
else
    echo "Disk not found"
    exit
fi
diskutil unmountDisk /dev/$DSK
echo pleae wait - This takes some time
echo Ctl+T to show progress!
time sudo dd of=~/temp/Pi/Piback.img if=/dev/r$DSK bs=2m
echo backup completed - now compressing
time gzip -9 ~/temp/Pi/Piback.img
#rename to current date
echo compressing completed - now renaming
mv -n ~/temp/Pi/Piback.img.gz ~/temp/Pi/Piback`date +%Y%m%d`.img.gz
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Yes! I've found a solution. All thanks to the popularity of the Raspberry I might add. On http://kano.me they make some kind of mini computer Raspberry Pi kit for kids and on one of their guides they do this. Click here and follow the guide: https://help.kano.me/hc/en-us/articles/201602232-How-to-Re-install-Kano-OS-Using-ApplePi-Baker-OS-X-

The utility is called ApplePi-Baker and it's available here: http://elinux.org/RPi_Easy_SD_Card_Setup#Flashing_the_SD_card_using_Mac_OSX and here: http://www.tweaking4all.com/hardware/raspberry-pi/macosx-apple-pi-baker/

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