I installed raspian 3 on my new pi3b+ and something went weirdly wrong - twice.
I used an 8GB micro in the micro usb bay on the pi3 and loaded the installation files on an 8GB Sandisk Cruzer memory stick. I loaded the Cruzer stick using the instructions that came in the readme 1) used parted to setup the stick as fat 32 2) extracted the NOOBs zip file into its root.
I wasn't able to get the thing to boot with with micro usb card in the pi 3, so I just kept it out until I booted with the installation usb stick. When it booted, I inserted the micro and told the install to install the smaller, stripped down version of raspbian onto it.
That all seemed to go well, it told me the OS has been installed successfully and then I took the installer out and rebooted, expecting the os to have been written to the micro usb card in the pi 3. But on reboot, it hung at the starburst splash screen.
I thought something must have gone wrong in the installation and I decided to start over. I put the installation media back in and rebooted, expecting to see the install gui come up, but now this was hanging too, which I thought was weird because it had worked 30 minutes earlier. so I took a look a the install usb stick and was surprised to see that it had been over written and was now two different volumes,
boot. when I was expecting it to be the installer files I had copied over there.
I figured I must have screwed up and told the installer to install onto the wrong usb card, so I formatted the cruzer usb stick again, copied the installation files and rebooted with pi with it, I went through the installation process again and made double extra certain that I wasn't telling it to install in the usb stick but instead onto the micro usb. Again, the install appeared to go well, gave me a success message, and again I took to usb stick out and rebooted, only to have it hang again.
This time I took the micro-usb out and just let it boot with the install usb stick, it started to boot raspian but it got to a certain point and stopped. I read the messages and noticed that it appeared to be waiting for me to reinsert the micro usb card. I did, and it booted into raspbian and allowed to complete the installation.
I thought I was out of the woods so I took out the usb stick and rebooted, only to have it hang on the splash screen again. The only way I could get it to boot was to remove the micro usb, insert the installer usb, let it try to boot until it got to the part where it hangs, then reinsert the micro usb, then the boot continues and boots into the OS.
I took a look at the partitions on the pi and this is what I get:
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/root 5795408 2868732 2609236 53% /
devtmpfs 470116 0 470116 0% /dev
tmpfs 474724 0 474724 0% /dev/shm
tmpfs 474724 6440 468284 2% /run
tmpfs 5120 4 5116 1% /run/lock
tmpfs 474724 0 474724 0% /sys/fs/cgroup
/dev/sda6 69553 22540 47013 33% /boot
tmpfs 94944 0 94944 0% /run/user/1000
/dev/sda5 30701 1580 26828 6% /media/pi/SETTINGS
/dev/mmcblk0p6 499552 2321 466921 1% /media/pi/data
/dev/mmcblk0p5 61302 21530 39772 36% /media/pi/boot
Has anyone here had such strangeness?