I have lost my micro sd card and am unable to use my raspberry pi 3B. I can't buy a new one since online delivery has been stopped where I live due to the lockdown. Is it possible to boot my raspberry pi using a USB pen drive or another sd card(That one is big, it is not a micro sd card and it is just 2 gb). I also have a micro-sd card reader in case that is required. Thanks in advance.


Your Question is unclear - do you have a Pi3B or a Pi3b+?

The Pi3b+ can be booted from USB.
The Pi3b can be booted from USB only after it is enabled (which requires SD Card).

See https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/hardware/raspberrypi/bootmodes/msd.md

  • How do I know which model I have? Mine says "Raspberry Pi 3 model B V1.2 " – Amay Agarwal May 18 '20 at 8:07
  • 3B+ has metal cap on the wifi and the CPU - raspi.tv/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/… - and says Pi 3 Model B+ on the board – Jaromanda X May 18 '20 at 8:25
  • So, I have a raspberry pi 3 B and I still need an sd card for that, then there is no point in doing all this – Amay Agarwal May 18 '20 at 8:54
  • @AmayAgarwal Please re-read Milliways' answer carefully: you only need an SD card to enable USB boot – Dirk May 18 '20 at 9:05
  • I know but I dont have a card at all let alone use it only once to enable USB boot – Amay Agarwal May 18 '20 at 9:11

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