How to format large SD cards for Raspberry Pi?

If you want use your large SD card with capacity of over 32GB or so you hay have some issues when trying to use it with your Raspberry Pi device. This is because large SD cards are using by default a format unsupported by the Raspberry Pi. This can be easily fixed if you follow the steps below.

Formatting the SD Card for Raspberry Pi

To format a SD card you need a PC with Windows or Mac with a SD card slot or a card reader plugged to USB port in your computer. Remember that when you format a SD card all data will be lost, so keep in mind to backup your sensitive data before continuing.

Firstly download the SD-CARD associations formatter application. You can do that from the SD-CARD association’s website. After successfull download and basic installation we can move to the next step.

Formatting the SD card on Mac or Windows is slightly different. If you are using OS X be sure that you check the “Overwrite Format” and choose the “Option” button in which you have to check “Logical Address Adjustment” as yes.

In Windows this is almost the same, simply click the “Option” button and select “FULL (OverWrite)” for the format type dropdown and “On” for the format size adjustment dropdown.

Formatting the SD card as FAT32

Now, you should reformat the SD card so that it will be recognised by our Raspberry Pi device. Fortunately, there is a great tool you can use to reformat your SD card in FAT32 format. The software can be downloaded from Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd, but this is for Windows only but alas OS X provides the Disk Utility application which can also do the exactly the same thing. You should now be able to successfully run NOOBS off your Raspberry Pi, because the boot loader will be now utilising a recognised format. Take care when using the FAT32 formatter on Windows by making sure that you are formatting the correct drive, or else it could cause a rather costly mistake that you cannot undo.

How to disable Windows 10 automatic updates?

In previous versions of Windows, users could choose which system updates to be downloaded and installed. It was also possible to completely disable the updates. In Windows 10 it is not possible – Microsoft forces us to carry out regular updates, which can be run at the inconvenient moment. Fortunately, there is an unofficial way to turn the updates off.

Although Windows 10 does not officially offer the possibility of disabling the automatic upgrades, thanks to a few tricks you can make that they will not be downloaded and installed automatically. Here’s how will it work:

In the case of Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education you can stop the automatic updates by using the Local Group Policy Editor. Unfortunately, this latter function is not available in Windows 10 Home, which is the basic version of the system. Fortunately, in this case, there is a workaround.

Turning off automatic updates in Windows 10 Home

Using Windows 10 Home we have basically one chance – to use the connection settings, marking them as the metered. In this case, no updates will be downloaded automatically.

1. To do this, go to settings.
2. Select “Network and Internet”.
3. We will see a Wi-Fi connection that we use. Click “Advanced Options.”
4. Select the “Set at metered connection”. From now on, Windows will treat our current connection as a network with a limited data package (mobile connection) and therefore the system updates will be charged, so the updates won’t be done without our permission.

Note: The updates will be downloaded, however, when combined with another Wi-Fi network. Then, because the system will see it as a normal connection.

How to find forgotten Windows wifi password?

Getting the password through Windows

If you are using a Windows PC which is connected to the wireless network, then to find the password, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Start menu, the Windows logo, and then select Settings> Network and Internet.
  2. Select the network you want to connect, and then click Connect.
  3. In the search box, type view network connections, and then in the search results, press or click View Network Connections.
  4. In the Network Connections window, press and hold (or right-click) the network name, and then press or click positions Status> Wireless Network Properties.
  5. Select the Security tab, and then click Show characters.

Your wireless network password is displayed in the network security key area.

Finding a password on the router configuration page

If you are using a computer which can access the Internet, to find the password follow these steps:

  1. Open a web browser.
  2. In the search bar, type the IP address of the wireless router (eg 192.168.1.1). The default IP address of the router, see the documentation that came with your device or network.
  3. Enter the user name and password to view the configuration page of the router. For most routers, the default user name and password can be found in the documentation for the device.
  4. On the Configuration options page try to locate something like wireless network settings or wireless connection settings.
  5. Now, find something in the lines of wireless security settings or wireless encryption settings. Security key (sometimes called the network key, password or network password) should be located in this section.

Warning: pages of the settings vary depending on the manufacturer. If you can not find the network security key, contact the wireless router manufacturer.