Note: MakerDisk MicroSD cards (256GB, 128GB, 64GB, 32GB) shipped from 25 October 2023 onwards are loaded with the latest Raspberry Pi OS - Bookworm (32 Bit) (release date: 28 September 2023) which is compatible with the latest Raspberry Pi 5.
Note: The MakerDisk microSD card has been TESTED and APPROVED by the Raspberry Pi for use with Raspberry Pi Products.
Note: The MakerDisk microSD card comes Pre-loaded with Raspberry Pi OS and is ready to boot up on any Raspberry Pi computer. Please DO NOT format it if you intend to use it with the Raspberry Pi board.
Note: There are 256GB, 128GB, 64GB, and 32GB of capacity, please select your preferred memory size.
Here is the demonstration of the setup on the 1st boot up of Raspberry Pi OS Bookworm:
Note: The video shows 32GB MakerDisk, the method is the same for all memory sizes of MakerDisk microSD cards.
Check out the reviews by leespsvideo on MakerDisk microSD cards:
Note: Currently, Raspberry Pi 5 is only compatible with the new Raspberry Pi OS Bookworm (Release Mid-October 2023). It will not be able to operate using any of the older versions of Raspberry Pi OS.
We have also performed the writing and reading speed diagnosis and the results exceed the requirement needed for Class A1 and also the specifications by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. So we are confident to recommend this microSD to you :) For example, here is the diagnostics test for the 256GB MakerDisk microSD card:
Raspberry Pi Diagnosis performed by Raspberry Pi 5
Raspberry Pi Diagnosis performed by Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
The new Raspberry Pi 5 supports SDR104 mode and offers higher bus speed with a microSD card, and all MakerDisk microSD cards support SDR104 too. Thus you will get faster speeds on Raspberry Pi 5.
Many Raspberry Pi users have a common doubt: What type of microSD card is best for Raspberry Pi? Well, we have been asking the same question since day 1:) Now, let's trust the Raspberry Pi team which is the designer and producer of Raspberry Pi. They recommend Class A1 because of the characteristic of Raspberry Pi accessing the memory on the microSD card. The random read and write speed is critical. For details of Class A1, please refer to here.
"But more and more, memory cards are being used to extend the memory of devices that run apps. Devices like smartphones and mobile gaming consoles. The apps that run on these devices interact with memory space differently. Rather than a stream of sequential data, they want to write a lot of small chunks of data wherever there's space available. That's known as random read/write (compared to sequential read/write that's important for video)." which Raspberry Pi falls into, the operating system will need to read/write data from/to the microSD card in random access.
Besides the access speed tests, the MakerDisk microSD card also went through a special lifespan test by the Raspberry Pi. Here is the methodology:
"Each card under test is loaded with a custom image containing up-to-date Buster (Raspberry Pi OS) image, automated stress test scripts and a local website to be accessed using Google Puppeteer automation. The host Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is powered by a custom PSU allowing the 5V1 input power to be cut as required. Up to fifty of these RPis can be run in a self-contained soak/stress rig.
On power up the RPi boots the image and autoruns a python-based test script. It first loads the standard Raspberry Pi Diagnostics test and logs the output to both the microSD card under test and optionally a plugged-in USB memory stick. During this operation, the PSU status indicator is held on constantly. Once this test has been completed a random power-on time is set (between 60 and 300 seconds). This number is also logged to a second file so both the number of reboots and total run time can be determined later on. The MicroSD card is now exercised both by Google Puppeteer accessing multiple web pages from the Card and also a separate script creating, copying, and deleting multiple random length files. The PSU status indicator flashes twice a second during this time. Failed MicroSD cards can be quickly noted by the absence of this indicator light showing the RPi has failed to successfully boot from the card.
The MicroSD card activity above continues as the power is cut. Power is held off for a second, the Pi reboots and the process starts again."
MakerDisk MicroSD cards have gone through another round of re-certification by Raspberry Pi. And this round, the MakerDisk went through more power interrupt cycles, up to 15,000, and at the end of the test, they are still offering very good speed test results! Superb!
This MakerDisk microSD card comes straight from the factory and it is pre-loaded with Raspberry Pi OS, so it can boot up on all Raspberry Pi computers right out of the box. Please DO NOT format it. If you want to load other Operating Systems, we would recommend getting the Raspberry Pi Imager and choosing the preferred Operating System.
This MicroSD card is compatible with: (Raspberry Pi OS)
Note: In case you need a USB microSD card reader/writer, get it from here.
In any case, you can always reload the image/Operating System into this microSD card using a USB microSD Card Reader/Writer, we recommend using the official imager: Raspberry Pi Imager. Please check this video out on how to use the Advance features:
MakerDisk Micro SD Card is pre-loaded with the latest Raspberry Pi OS - Bookworm (32 Bit). It is compatible with both Raspberry Pi 4 and the brand-new Raspberry Pi 5. We also made a writing and reading speed diagnosis test for both Raspberry Pi 4 and Raspberry Pi 5, using Raspberry Pi OS - Bookworm (32 Bit). Because of the hardware improvements on Raspberry Pi 5, the new Raspberry Pi OS - Bookworm (32 Bit) appears to perform better on Raspberry Pi 5 compared to Raspberry Pi 4. Regardless, Raspberry Pi OS - Bookworm (32 Bit) supports backward compatibility and can be used with older Raspberry Pi models. This also means that you can use this MakerDisk Micro SD Card with any Raspberry Pi board, up to the brand-new Raspberry Pi 5.