Installing Operating System in SD Card

Installing Raspbian Operating System on SD Card

In this post I will discuss installing Operating System in SD Card. In the last post I have discussed the main components of Raspberry Pi. Basically, the Raspberry Pi board uses the SD Card Slot as the hard drive. Hence the operating system need to be installed in the SD Card. Based on Debian, Raspbian operating system is the recommended one that you can use with Raspberry Pi since it is optimized for the hardware.

The step-by-step procedure for installing Raspbian operating system:

Step 1. You need two components for this – the SD card and the card reader. Now, insert SD card in the card reader and attach the card reader in the USB port of Laptop or PC.

SD Card and Card Reader
SD Card and Card Reader

Step 2. Download the Raspbian OS using this link. Additionally, you need to download the zip file. After that, you can save the file and extract it. You will get a disk image file.

Raspbian OS Link
Download Raspbian OS

Step 3. Download Win32 Disk Imager. Open the file and install it. You can write boot images using this software and make it bootable.

Link for downloading Win32 Disk Imager : https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/

Win32 Disk Imager Link
Download Win32 Disk Imager

Step 4. Before making the SD card bootable you need to format the SD card. Therefore, download the SD card formatter software. Extract the file and run the setup to install the software.

Link for downloading SD Card Formatter: https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter/

SD Card Formatter Download Link
Download SD Card Formatter

Step 5. Now you need to determine whether the SD card has been mounted or not. Therefore, go to My Computer and determine the name of drive where the SD card is mounted a shown below.

Step 6. Now format the SD Card. For this open the SD Card Formatter installed earlier. Further, you can select the drive in which the SD card is mounted. However, other options should remain as it is. Now click on format. When the formatting is complete click on OK.

Step 7. Now the SD card is ready for installing the operating system. Start the Win32 Disk Imager which was installed earlier and write the image. Now browse for the image of Raspbian OS and select the drive on which SD card is mounted and select the Write option.

AS, the OS has been installed, you can now eject the card safely to use in the Raspberry Pi board.


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