I have recently acquired a Raspberry Pi 4B and I have just tried set it up with NOOBS on the SD card the whole process ran smoothly until the download of Raspbian began. I waited for an hour and only 34 MB of the 5479 MB had downloaded and so I shut it down. I suspect the SD card might be to blame but i am not sure. Does anybody know why it is not downloading properly? I would be grateful for any help.

  • You are running Raspbian smoothly. Why do you want to download the Raspbian image again? What exactly is the command you are using to download?
    – Ingo
    Mar 12, 2020 at 18:45
  • No I just set my pi up and I had installed NOOBS and the setup went smoothly until i started the download of raspbian
    – Manav
    Mar 12, 2020 at 19:06
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    Manav, I think the consensus around here, based on all the problems people have, is that NOOBs causes new users more headaches than it supposedly saves them. A better choice is to just download Raspbian directly and use that in place of NOOBS.
    – goldilocks
    Mar 12, 2020 at 19:44
  • Where do I download Raspbian from?
    – Manav
    Mar 12, 2020 at 19:48
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    raspberrypi.org/downloads <- Looks to me like they (quite recently) re-vamped that and the "Setting Up" help section to focus on Raspbian and have removed all references to NOOBS. \O/
    – goldilocks
    Mar 12, 2020 at 20:37

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The Bit Torrent download works much faster in my experience than the direct image download from the website. If you are running Linux, chances are that you already have a client installed for Bit Torrent (e.g. Transmission is bundled with Debian). I use Deluge which works on all platforms.

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