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Raspberry Pi, 2nd Edition by Maik Schmidt

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Prepare a Bootable SD Card

As you saw in Chapter 1, Meet the Raspberry Pi, the Raspberry Pi doesn’t have a BIOS or internal persistent storage. It has only an SD card slot. You use a separate computer to install the Pi’s operating system on an SD card that you then use to boot the Pi. Fortunately, people have done this already for several operating systems, and they’ve kindly made available the content of such SD cards for free on the Internet. In this section, you’ll learn how to transfer an SD card image to an SD card.

You’ll need a PC with a card reader (which is quite a misnomer, because you can use it for writing, too) to modify the SD card. Some PCs have built-in readers, but you can also get USB readers for a few dollars. It doesn’t ...

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