When I attempt to find this partition (on Macos), here's what it's showing me:

/dev/disk3 (internal, physical):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:     FDisk_partition_scheme                        *15.8 GB    disk3
   1:             Windows_FAT_16 RECOVERY                1.5 GB     disk3s1
   2:                      Linux                         33.6 MB    disk3s5

It looks as if s2-s4 are invisible. Is this where the boot partition is? It does not seem to be s1.

I just need to touch ssh on this so I can get a shell... I don't have a monitor/keyboard to do that with, and I don't have a linux machine which might make this easier.

  • What are you trying to do, what are you trying to do it on? – Milliways Oct 26 '17 at 0:59
  • Trying on my iMac. Edited it to include that. I'm trying to mount the boot partition. – John O Oct 26 '17 at 1:01
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    DO NOT include detail in Comments, edit your question. This is still as clear as mud. – Milliways Oct 26 '17 at 1:02
  • Profanity will get you nowhere. We know you have an iMac, and presumably you are trying to mount a Pi SD Card (only because this is a Raspberry Pi site). If you can't be bothered explaining what OS and what you did, no one can give any sensible answer. – Milliways Oct 26 '17 at 3:42

If you did NOT use NOOBS , the boot partition is the only partition that MacOS can access and display. It will be automatically visible. Just create an empty file named "ssh" there and SSH will be enabled on the next boot of a Pi from this card.

By the way , there are 2 types of partitions : Primary and extended. 30 years ago , you could only have 4 primary partitions. Somebody invented extended partitions , which are implemented as special primary partition record. That is why extended partitions start at 5 on unixoid systems.

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