I haven't been able to find a post with an answer for this question despite a while of searching... But, I just downloaded raspbian Jessie to my Pi using the provided browser... And I want to use the image... But there's a plot twist... I want to know if there is a disk imager I can install onto my Raspberry Pi, to write the image to a micro SD card instead of using my windows computer. I do understand that it may take a few hundred years as the Pi is slower than a Windows computer, but that's OK.

Im running the latest distro of RaspiJessi on a RPI2B

  • @goldilocks, turds... I just realized my auto correct change the title to image from imager last minute before I pressed the submit button. Darn. I'll change that. May 19, 2016 at 2:52
  • Yeah that's part of what had me confused and auto correct is a tool of Satan ;) Do beware that using dd is probably way simpler, easier, and more foolproof than anything else. It just requires a keyboard more than a mouse.
    – goldilocks
    May 19, 2016 at 3:00

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Yes, there are tools for Linux for working with disk images.

The main one is the command line tool dd. It should already be there as part of the basic Linux commands.

If you're looking for something with a GUI, look at ImageWriter.

Both are mentioned, along with usage examples in the instructions for creating an SD card for the Pi from a Linux computer.

To install ImageWriter on the Pi, the following should work (but I'm unable to test right now)

cd ~
wget https://launchpad.net/usb-imagewriter/trunk/0.1/+download/usb-imagewriter-0.1.99.tar.gz
tar -xvzf usb-imagewriter-0.1.99.tar.gz
cd usb-imagewriter-0.1.99.tar.gz
sudo ./install.sh

If the wget command fails, you may need to

sudo apt-get install wget


Oh, and don't worry about it being called "usb-imagewriter" - it works just fine for SD cards too ;)

  • that's exactly what I am looking for is a GUI. I am just getting used to the techno terminology. How do I download the GUI provided? Simply type in the Web address to the Internet browser on the RPI, then press the download button and follow the installation procedure? Or is there a specific sudo apt-get install command I must use in the terminal? May 19, 2016 at 2:50
  • Unfortunately there's no apt packaged version of ImageWriter for the Pi that I can find, so it's a bit of a manual install from the command line. Amending my answer with install instructions. May 19, 2016 at 3:13
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    thank you very much. When I get a chance, I will report back to you and let you know if the command works. May 19, 2016 at 13:40

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