If I click "storage" while using the Raspberry Pi Imager, I only get a blank Window blank window

Selecting the OS works fine. The sd card is connected to my pc and recognized

Device         Boot  Start       End   Sectors   Size Id Type
/dev/mmcblk0p1        8192    532479    524288   256M  c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/mmcblk0p2      532480 249737215 249204736 118.8G 83 Linux

Im am using Arch Linux and install the rpi-imager from AUR. There are two packages and I tried both

aur/rpi-imager 1.7.5-1 [+72 ~2.31] [Installed:]
    Raspberry Pi Imaging Utility
aur/rpi-imager-bin 1.7.5-1 [+16 ~0.44]
    Raspberry Pi Imaging Utility
  • he sd card is connected to my pc and recoginzed what is your PC? looks like not Windows, is that correct? Jul 1, 2023 at 2:36
  • yes it's an arch linux
    – papanito
    Jul 1, 2023 at 7:54
  • how did you install rpi-imager on arch? Jul 1, 2023 at 8:31
  • probably from AUR
    – papanito
    Jul 1, 2023 at 9:03
  • Fair enough ... I guess that's why it's not the current version ... have you tried running it as root? Jul 1, 2023 at 9:31

2 Answers 2


It seems like a recent update to the util-linux package on Arch (that includes lsblk) makes it so that some SD cards are no longer flagged as removable. This makes them not selectable from the UI.

There's already an issue created to address this case.

For now you can try to create the image via the CLI with the enable-writing-system-drives flag (which includes "non removable" devices) such as:

rpi-imager --cli --debug --enable-writing-system-drives [image file] [SD card device]
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    Downgrading util-linux with sudo pacman -U /var/cache/pacman/pkg/util-linux-2.38.1-4-x86_64.pkg.tar.zst made the gui show the SD card to me
    – ritiek
    Jul 30, 2023 at 11:06
  • I simply installed the latest version of the RPI Imager using rpi-imager-git AUR package. The issue should be now resolved in version 1.7.6of RPI Imager Oct 6, 2023 at 15:25

The storage window on the Pi imager shows up as blank only when there is no SD card inserted into the SD Card slot on your laptop or desktop i.e. it shows as blank when it does not detect a card in the SD card slot

So step 1: Check if your SD card is inserted into your laptop's SD card slot Step 2: Check if it is inserted properly & being detected in File explorer

If both the above are done you will not see a blank window on clicking the storage button

Beginners might also mistakenly insert the SD card into the Pi device assuming that one can write to the SD card even while it is inserted into the Pi device. This is not the case

Hope this helps.

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