Raspberry Pi - OS Disk Imaging
are 2 methods to get your operating system image onto your SD card.
- The NOOBS (New Out Of Box Software) method is easier to do compared to the 'raw' image
'raw' image method is similar to making a bootable CD or USB
drive........ Not hard to do just not familiar to the majority of
Both methods are outlined below.
The current version of NOOBS (~704MB) has only the recommended Raspbian image
included. If you want other OS in addition, then the RPi must be
connected to network with Internet access during installation.
also a light version of NOOBS (~20MB) which requires network / Internet access
for the entire process.
NOOBS is not an operating system. It is only a OS installer and recovery tool.NOOBS advantages:
- Easier for novice to do using simple copy or drag and drop methods.
- Allows user to install multiple Operating Systems to a single SD card.
function allows the OS to be reinstalled (or changed) without having to redo the SD
card in another computer. Note: All data will be lost if reinstalled.
- The recovery console is accessed by pressing [Shift] when prompted at boot.
- A configuration editor is provided in the recovery console.
- Takes up significantly more space on SD card
- All OS's must be installed at first boot. Cannot go back and add more OS's later.
boot & OS installation can not easily be done remotely. Users
who need to run 'headless' on first boot should use the 'raw' image
NOOBS Image Method
(Note a 8GB+ SD card is required for NOOBS).
- Download the NOOBS image (zip file) from: the Download page of the RPi main web site (~704MB).
- Download and install the SD Card formatter tool from here: SD Formatter
- Format your SD card with the format tool. All contents of the card if any will be lost. Backup anything you need from the card before formatting!
When done the entire card will be formatted as a single FAT32 partition. If not try formatting again with the size adjust option on.
- Unzip the NOOBS image file to the SD card. See below *
- Boot the SD card in the RPi.
I recommend to choose Raspbian image to install and try first. It's the most supported image and is best for beginners.
* Do not copy the unzipped NOOBS file to the SD card.
You must take steps to properly unzip the files either directly to the
SD card OR to a folder on your hard disk where they can later be copied
to your SD card.
Note The boot files must end up in
the root of the SD card. You should be OK if you unzipped directly from
the zip file to the SD card. For Windows - Unzipping directly to the SD card:
- Go to the directory with the downloaded zip file
- Right click on the file and choose [Extract All..]
- Set destination to the drive letter of the SD Card and click OK.
When done correctly the root of the SD card should now look like this:
(NOOBS Version 1.3.10 shown here)
files were unzipped to your hard disk then be sure to copy the files
and not the subdirectory the files are stored in. For example if your
NOOBS files are stored in
C:/temp/ then don't drag the temp folder to the SD card....... Instead open
the temp folder and drag or copy the contents of temp to the SD card.
The SD card is now ready to boot in your RPi.
'Raw' Image Method