Cant select target drive for clone on MacOS

I am trying to clone a 32G microSD for NVIDIA Jetson NX to a larger 128G microSD. The smaller one is in a USB adaptor and the larger directly in the SD slot of the Mac Pro. I see both drives in the source tab, but when I switch to the target tab all selections are gray and say source on far right.

Hi @gene,

I wasn’t able to reproduce this on the latest balenaEtcher 1.5.110.
When testing on a 16GB & a 32GB SD card (over USB card reader), I was able to select the small SD card as the source and the larger one as the target and get the “Flash!” button enabled.
I was only getting the “Source drive” label on SD card I selected in the first step, and was able to select the other one normally.

Can you clarify the balenaEtcher version and the OS that you are using?

Kind regards,
Thodoris

I tried first with 1.5.104 and then again with 1.5.109 (latest on web site as of an hour ago).

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Hi @gene,

Are you running Etcher as admin or as a regular user? Also, are you by any chance running Chrome Remote Desktop on the Mac? It’s been known to play havoc with POSIX.

John

I have admin privileges, but have not been asked for credentials. I am not running any remote desktops.

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Can you try running Etcher As Administrator (launching the app with elevated privileges)?

John

Having had flaky problems before, I did the standard and rebooted. Noticed that Cisco WebEx started in background and disabled. Same behavior.

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Hey Gene, I just reproduced this on my MacOS on v1.5.109, so it looks like it might be a bug. We will continue to investigate.

Hi, just an update after talking to the etcher team, they confirm this was a bug and has been fixed in 1.5.110 and which they are working on preparing a release for. So hopefully this will be fixed in the coming days or week when the new release rolls out.

if you are interested in testing an early version of this, you can grab it here: https://github.com/balena-io/etcher/releases/tag/v1.5.110

Shaun,

Your software has major issues.

When I try the beta 1.5.110 to flash from file on the mac, it complains that something went wrong and the compressed file is corrupt - which it is now.

I switched to a Win10 machine and released 1.5.109 and downloaded fresh zip file. Successfully flash the SD and install in Jetson - works. Perform all the OS updates on Jetson and setup environment then take the updated SD card back to the Win10 machine and try to clone to an identical SD card. As a precaution, I tried to write protect the source SD, but it would not let me select it as source claiming it was lock. Unlocked the source and can select source and target. The clone fails complaining the source SD is corrupt. Put the source SD back in the Jetson and it is blank.

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Hello Gene,

the compressed file is corrupt - which it is now.

Etcher opens the source file read-only, it can’t alter it. See https://github.com/balena-io/etcher/blob/master/lib/gui/modules/child-writer.ts#L279-L281 and https://github.com/balena-io-modules/etcher-sdk/blob/master/lib/source-destination/file.ts#L58

I tried to write protect the source SD, but it would not let me select it as source claiming it was lock.

This is a bug and I can reproduce that, we will fix it in the next release.

Put the source SD back in the Jetson and it is blank.

Etcher opens the source drive read-only, it can not alter it. See https://github.com/balena-io/etcher/blob/master/lib/gui/modules/child-writer.ts#L273-L276 and https://github.com/balena-io-modules/etcher-sdk/blob/master/lib/source-destination/block-device.ts#L55

What kind of SD card are you using ? Do you have the Etcher logs of when this happened ? (Press CTRL + SHIFT + i then go to the Console tab).

Hi Gene,

Issues related to not being able to select a write-protected SD as a source drive in Etcher have been fixed in the latest version, 1.5.111.

John