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I used SD Card Copy utility on Raspbian Stretch, the copied card will not boot. Error indicates end Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!

Tried multiple SD cards.

What do I need to do to make SD Card Copy successful?

  • what is SD Card Copy utility - is it a utility in raspbian? – Jaromanda X Feb 7 at 23:38
  • Yes, on the Raspbian "Stretch" desktop, under "accessories" There is a utility "SD Card Copy". It should be a greatly appreciated simple way to make an exact copy of the running operating system. It doesn't seem to be fool proof, and I am. – Fred Feb 8 at 2:21
  • depends on what that program does - copying a live running system is tricky to do right - I usually shut down, then use a PC (windows or mac or linux) to copy a raw image – Jaromanda X Feb 8 at 2:28
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    @JaromandaX SD Card Copier is an inbuilt tool, which works well - even if the OP can't get the name right (or provide any meaningful diagnostics). – Milliways Feb 8 at 11:01
  • I'm skeptical of tools offering live backups as I explained here. Try again and make sure you don't run any unnecessary programs during the process. Or simply make an offline backup which is guaranteed to work. – Dmitry Grigoryev Feb 8 at 12:18

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