In Episode 2 of our Raspberry Pi series, we will be showing you how to install Raspberry Pi OS on a Micro SD card. This is episode 2 of our Raspberry Pi Series.
**This post was updated on 15th July 2022
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Choosing the best micro SD Card:
|Lexar High-Performance 32GB MicroSD Card with SD Adapter
|SanDisk 16GB Ultra microSD Card with Adapter
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Please see our posts THE BEST MICRO SD CARDS FOR RASPBERRY PI 4 to learn more about which Micro SD cards are the best to be used on the raspberry pi 4.
Downloading and Installing the Raspberry Pi OS using the Raspberry Pi Imager:
Please insert your Micro SD card into your adapter and plug it into an available port on your computer. Also, make sure you don’t have any other SD Cards or USB storage devices attached.
Download and install the Raspberry Pi Imager for your Operating system using the official website link below:
Now locate the Raspberry Pi Imager Icon and run the application.
You should be welcomed by the Splash screen.
From here click “Choose OS“.
In the OS selection menu click “Raspberry Pi OS (other)“.
Important!.. Select the lite version of Raspberry Pi OS. This version doesn’t contain a desktop environment and is the image needed in order to create a headless server environment.
Select “Raspberry Pi OS Lite (32-bit)“
Back at the main splash screen click on “Choose Storage“.
Select your storage device from the list. Make sure it is the correct storage device as all data will be overwritten.
Click on the cog icon to set the “Advanced options“.
Under “Set hostname” tick the selection box and add a hostname. This will be the name of your server and used to identify and connect to it on your network.
Under “Enable SSH” tick the selection box to enable SSH. You will also need to set a new password for the pi user.
Set a New password under “Password:“
Important: Make sure you have set this password correctly. There is no confirmation and a wrong password will mean you will have to install the operating system from scratch again.
Now click on “Save” to finish setting the Advanced options.
Once back at the main splash screen click on “Write“.
Click “Yes” to write the Raspberry lite OS image to the SD card.
The Imager will download the chosen Operating System and write it onto the SD card.
Raspberry Pi Imager will now verify the integrity of the written image.
Once finished hit the “Continue” button.
To close the application press the cross icon in the top right. You can now remove the SD card from your computer.
Connect The Micro SD card to your Raspberry Pi 4:
With your Raspberry Pi 4 powered off. You can now safely insert your Micro SD card into your Raspberry Pi’s Micro SD Card slot located underneath the Raspberry Pi towards the back. Then you connect the power supply.
You can now boot into Raspberry Pi OS.
How to find your Raspberry Pi’s address on your local network.
In order to connect to your Raspberry Pi over the network you will need to know your Raspberry Pi’s IP address. Please follow the guide below on how to find it.
How did you get on?. Let us know in the comments below.
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