Writing Linux images to SD card with Win32DiskImager

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In this tutorial you will be shown how to properly write a Linux distribution onto an SD card. The Software for this tutorial will be the Win32DiskImager. The Linux distribution used will be Occidentalis by Adafruit for the Raspberry Pi, however any linux distribution can be written onto an SD card in this manner. The version for this tutorial is v0.2 and can be downloaded here (900 MB .zip file).

  1. Get a Linux distribution for your system, whether it is the Beaglebine Black or the Raspberry Pi. Your linux ditribution image should be a single file with a .img extension.
  2. To write the Linux image onto the SD Card, you will need a program like Win32 Disk Imager.
  3. Run Win32DiskImager via Win32DiskImager.exe and you should see the following screen:
  4. Insert an SD card into your computer. It should have sufficient size for the image (i.e. a 2.7 GB Linux image will require a 4GB SD card).
  5. Click on the file folder icon , navigate to the folder with your image file, select the image file with .IMG extension and click Open.
  6. Next select the arrow in the device dialogue

    and select the appropriate drive letter for your SD card. Warning: make sure you select the proper drive letter, everything on that drive will be overwritten.
  7. Once you have selected the proper image file and the proper drive letter, you are ready to write the image file onto your SD. Your dialogue should look similar to. Select Write to write the image to your SD card. You will be asked for confirmation and just select Yes or Continue.
  8. The actual writing might take a few minutes. If everything was successful, you will see:

After the process is done you are ready to plug in the SD card into your single-board computer and ready to get started.