How to set up a MicroSD card for the Raspberry Pi
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The first step in getting your Raspberry Pi to work is to get a micro SD card with the correct boot-up information. The easiest way is to buy a pre-formatted SD card, but you also can do this by downloading a Linux image configured for the Pi (Raspbian) and copying it onto a blank micro SD. This presentation will show you how.
Bring a blank micro SD of at least 8GB capacity if you need help to set one up. Read more for setup instructions.
Installing Raspbian on an SD Card
- Download a Raspberry Pi image from "the internet"
- Copy (using a utility) the image to a micro-SD card of at least 8 GB.
- Put the micro-SD card in the Raspberry Pi and boot
Getting the Image
Where to get it? https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/
Select one of the images available. Raspbian is a full featured distro
Writing the image to the micro-SD card
The final desired state is to have an entire file system (with lots of
files) on the micro-SD card. When writing the image to the SD card, a
special copy is used. Depending on what your desktop/laptop operating
system is, you do it differently. Raspberry has good documentation to
do the special copy.
- Windows: use Win32DiskImager
- Linux: use dd (an included linux command)
- Macintosh: use dd (an included BSD command)
Booting the Image
Once the writing of the micro-SD card is complete, remove it from the
SD card reader/writer, place it into the Raspberry Pi, and power up the
Log into Pi:
Type 'startx' to start the
Pi Makers & Others, 28 November 2015