Step-by-Step: How to create a Raspberry Pi boot disk

The Raspberry Pi has reignited the PC market – albeit with its incredibly low-cost design – but for first-timers, it may not be as simple to setup if you’re used to a regular laptop or desktop computer. The Pi needs an operating system installed onto a SD card before it will run (there’s no internal storage). If you’re not sure how to do it, here’s our super-simple guide that will get the latest and greatest onto your Pi in two steps using any Windows computer.pi-1

STEP 1: [pi-1.png] Download Win32DiskImager from and grab the latest Raspbian Linux distro from Unzip both files to appropriate folders, grab a 2GB or larger SD card, plug it into your PC your your card reader and fire up Win32DiskImager’s .exe file.




pi-2STEP 2: [pi-2.png] Select the .img file from the unzipped Raspbian download, choose the drive letter for your SD card and press the Write button. Once it’s complete, you can plug the card into your Raspberry Pi, boot up and follow the prompts. (The initial boot will expand the distro to use all of your card’s storage space.)

NOTE: Just remember that everything on the SD card gets wiped so make sure you save any files you want before you do this process.

The whole process should take no more than around five minutes at most.

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