mercredi 27 mars 2013

Starting with the Raspberry Pi - SD card

Preparing the SD card

The first thing to do is to get the Linux software and to write it on an SD card.
We can do it actually before getting the Rasperry Pi board and material, and the day we receive it by post, the system could be running after 5 or 10 minutes of impatience!

We will describe here how to do it on Windows and with a 4 Gbytes SD card which is about twice the size of the original distribution, allowing us to have sufficient space for more future applications and data.

Getting the software

The Linux image file can be downloaded from and the Raspbian “wheezy” can be selected, for instance and then downloaded.
The Zip file contains the image 2013-02-09-wheezy-raspbian.img. This is can be extracted and written on the SD card. We will describe here how to do it on Windows.

Getting the win32diskimager-binary software

This Windows application can be found in This is not a traditional Windows installer and needs to be unziped into a subdirectory where we have our Rasperry Pi Windows PC working environment (here for instance D:\Raspberry\win32diskimager-binary\),

When executing Win32DiskImager.exe we get this:

We see now that we need to specify the image file and the drive where a 2 Gbytes SD card has been inserted. Myself I use a cheap USB 3.0 multi card which is faster and particular interesting when transfering picture files from a camera.

When everything is ready we get this:

Using the Windows explorer, we can then decide to rename the CD card for instance to WHEEZYFEB13, to remember later what is on the card, und even to check the content to find out a number of files with the 09.02.2013 date, the creation date of this Raspian Linux.

As usual, we should eject the SD card with the Windows gadget!

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