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Creating a Bootable SD Card

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  1. Creating a Bootable SD Card, Downloading Raspberry Pi Imager: step 1, image 1 of 3 Creating a Bootable SD Card, Downloading Raspberry Pi Imager: step 1, image 2 of 3 Creating a Bootable SD Card, Downloading Raspberry Pi Imager: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • To create our Bootable SD Card we will need the Official Raspberry Pi Imager software. This software is completely free, and can be downloaded here.

  2. Creating a Bootable SD Card, Configuring your SD Card: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Once your download has been completed, open the Pi Imager program, and insert your SD Card into your computer. The Imager software should automatically detect your SD Card, and will begin to format the card.

    • Formatting your SD Card will erase any content that has been saved onto the card. Be sure to backup any photos or files to your machine before formatting.

  3. Creating a Bootable SD Card, Select your Operating System: step 3, image 1 of 2 Creating a Bootable SD Card, Select your Operating System: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Once your SD Card has been targeted, you'll need to select the Operating System that you would like loaded onto your SD Card.

    • Imager comes pre-loaded with several operating systems, however you can select a custom OS by scrolling to the bottom of the list of OS'.

  4. Creating a Bootable SD Card, Choosing your SD Card: step 4, image 1 of 2 Creating a Bootable SD Card, Choosing your SD Card: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Once your OS has been selected, select your inserted SD card.

  5. Creating a Bootable SD Card, Writing the OS to your SD Card: step 5, image 1 of 2 Creating a Bootable SD Card, Writing the OS to your SD Card: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Once you have your SD Card selected, click on the Write button. If prompted enter the password to your computer.

    • This step will erase any data that is on the SD Card. Be sure to back up any files or photos you wish to save to your computer

    • When the installation is complete, Imager will prompt you to remove your SD Card.

    • Imager will automatically eject your SD Card, so it should be safe for you to remove it once the installation is complete.

    • To begin using your Bootable SD Card, simply insert the card into your Raspberry Pi, and power on your device.

    • It is possible that at the moment you begin to WRITE the OS to your SD Card an alert may appear warning that the card is write protected. This happens when the switch on the left side of the SD is in protection mode.

    • You can solve this by ejecting the SD Card and move the lever to the side opposite, then repeat the OS selection operation. and of the SD Card.

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