Install Wheezy-Raspbian on the Raspberry Pi

First you will need to download the Raspbian image; click on the image below. Once the image is downloaded you will need to transfer the image to a SD card; which is 4GB in size or bigger. If the image is transferred to the SD card you just have to plugin the SD card into your Raspberry Pi and you're done. Below you will find a complete list of instructions for different OS systems; Windows, Linux and OSX. If you have any questions or remarks, you can add a comment at the bottom of this post.


1. Insert your SD Card

Ensure that you have inserted the SD card, that you wish to clone, into the SD card reader. If your PC/Mac does not have an internal SD card reader, you will need to plug in an external SD card reader via a USB socket.

2. OSX: transfer image

  • Download the .dmg file (RPi-sd card builder v1.2)
  • Run the app
  • Select the operating system distributions (.img file)
  • You will prompt with this. After you connect your SD card press continue.
  • Now you have to select your SD card. BE CAREFUL, see the name and select ONLY one SD card.
  • Now the program will need administrator privileges. insert your password
  • Confirm that your SD card has been unmounted.

2. Windows: transfer image

  • Download and install the Win32DiskImager.
  • Select the image file you've downloaded earlier and the drive letter of the SD card.

2. OSX/Linux: transfer image with terminal

Locate Your SD Card

Open Terminal and enter the following command to locate your SD Card:

    diskutil list

Look for your SD card; you can look at the size of the disk. In most cases you will be using a 4GB or bigger SD card.

Unmount SD card

We located our SD card at the /dev/disk3 drive; please note that this can be another disk drive, see previous step. In Terminal, enter the following command:

    diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk3

Format SD card

To format the SD card, enter the following command:

    sudo newfs_msdos -F 16 /dev/disk3

Transfer image to your SD card

In Terminal, enter the following command ensuring that you identify the correct destination disc. Be aware, that you have the correct image as the version can be different. Look up the image yourself.

    sudo dd if=~/Desktop/2014-12-24-wheezy-raspbian.img of=/dev/disk3

This can take some time, a couple of minutes. When the image is transferred, you will get some details in the terminal screen. However on OSX you can use the shortcut CTRL+T to view the bytes that have been written to SD card so far.

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