I just download a .img file, and formatted my SD card. Now, what should I do in order to install the distribution on the card for raspberry boot?

  • Formatting was a completely unnessessary step, you are just going to blow that partition away anyway, the IMG you dowloaded is not just a file, it is aa disk image complete with partitions and formatting intact. See the question linked as a duplicate for details.
    – Caleb
    Feb 15, 2014 at 18:52
  • Just want to add a little. Use SD Formatter to format SD cards. Jan 2, 2017 at 23:36

2 Answers 2


Simply use WinDiskImager. Just select your file and drive and hit write.


You don't tell us which .img you downloaded or what you've already tried.

You can read here for how to use Win32DiskImager: http://elinux.org/RPi_Easy_SD_Card_Setup#Flashing_the_SD_Card_using_Windows

Or you could try NOOBS instead, that's another way to do it and very very easy. Just unpack the zip to the sd card. See here.

  • Seems to be a good alternative, but I wanted to use a special .img, thanks
    – Thomas
    Feb 17, 2014 at 18:42

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