I downloaded "raspbian stretch with desktop" .img file from the official raspbery pi website (kernel version 4.14), changed it to a .bin file so the recovery utility would recognize it, and mounted it onto an sd card with chromebook recovery utility using the following instructions:


The sd card meets the minimum requirements to mount and boot raspbian per raspberry pi documentation. When I attempt to boot raspbian on my pi3 I get the following error:

end Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(179,2)

I have found solutions to this problem for NOOBS that involves editing the cmdline.txt file but not the full rasbian version I mounted. Holding shift as raspbian boots does nothing so I cannot edit relevant files from there. Also, Chromeos does not let me edit text files within the boot directory on the mounted os.

  • The error message means the image is incomplete or corrupt!
    – Milliways
    Sep 28, 2018 at 5:16
  • Ditto. It can't find the second partition, meaning the card is formatted improperly.
    – goldilocks
    Sep 28, 2018 at 13:39

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If you are actually trying to install a new Raspbian image follow the instructions in https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/installation/installing-images/README.md

If this does not apply you will need to use a different system or ask on a Chromebook site. Using a recovery utility is unlikely to work.

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