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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?

marked as duplicate by Caleb, RPiAwesomeness, syb0rg, lenik, Piotr Kula Feb 17 '14 at 10:32

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  • 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 '14 at 18:52
  • Just want to add a little. Use SD Formatter to format SD cards. – Widi Widiyanto Jan 2 '17 at 23:36
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Simply use WinDiskImager. Just select your file and drive and hit write.

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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 '14 at 18:42

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