I bought a CANA RPi2 starter kit that came with a microSD card preloaded with NOOBS and some OSs to use. It did not, however, come with OSMC and that's what I want to use on my RPi2.

Should I reformat the SD card before I put OSMC on there per the directions on OSMC website? Or can I just add it to the SD card as is?

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    I didn't end up reformatting and just put OSMC on preloaded SD Card. When I turned on RPi2, it automatically started installing OSMC and didn't bring up NOOBS menu at all. So I guess I don't need to reformat. Jun 24, 2015 at 14:14

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Well. If it's not there, you can simply reflash your SD card. Do the following.

The flashing process can be easily achieved through NOOBS, which you can download here.

As taken from the docs, to flash the drive:

To set up a blank SD card with NOOBS:

  1. Format an SD card that is 4GB or larger as FAT. See instructions on how to do this below.
  2. Download and extract the files from the NOOBS zip file.
  3. Copy the extracted files onto the SD card that you just formatted so that this file is at the root directory of the SD card. Please note that in some cases it may extract the files into a folder; if this is the case then please copy across the files from inside the folder rather than the folder itself.
  4. On first boot the "RECOVERY" FAT partition will be automatically resized to a minimum, and a list of OS's that are available to install will be displayed.

For more information on that process, you can check this link.

After that, you'll be able to install and use the XBMC distribution. First, boot your Pi with NOOBs, then on the selection screen, chose either OpenELEC or OSMC and then press Install. After that the wizard will prompt you to confirm, press Yes. Now you'll just have to wait until you see a message like this:

OS(es) Installed Successfully

Now click on OK and your Pi will reboot on XBMC. Pretty straight forward.

This tutorial was taken from this link. You can check it for more information on how to use XBMC, and how to mount network drives such as a NAS.


please follow the "tutorial" on the OSMC website!

you can return to use NOOBS every time by this tutorial of the very good Raspberry Pi Documentation.

optional: you can also follow this tutorial to copy any image direct to your SD card.

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