So, I was going to get Arch Linux on my Raspberry Pi as a test, and so I plugged the microSD card into my laptop. It's a Dell Latitude E6230 running Windows 10. Turns out it counted at like 5 different drives? Does anybody know how to completely format the microSD? If so, thank you so much in advance!

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  • What does "Turns out it counted at like 5 different drives?" mean? What laptop? – Milliways Dec 31 '18 at 0:59
  • It's a Dell Latitude E6230 running Windows 10. This is what I mean by "5 different drives" – Thou Dec 31 '18 at 1:57
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    If you want anyone to read your post include detail in the question - preferably as text. There are so many things missing from your post - like WHAT you did or tried. – Milliways Dec 31 '18 at 2:08
  • The bottom line seems to be that nowadays you need a working LINUX system that can reformat and write the SD card with the ext4 filesystems/partitions that are needed for the ARCHLINUX version of Linux. This will likely rule out the average PC that is only running a Windoze OS. – SlySven Dec 31 '18 at 13:28
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Welcome to Raspberry Pi SE. I'm editing my answer based on Millway's comment. I agree with others here that you need to include more information about what you tried. These appear to be the instructions for Arch for the raspberry pi, armv6. Also though, I would suggest a different linux distribution for you. With Arch linux you are basically expected to know how to figure things like this out for yourself.

  • The problem with this "Answer" is the Download the image step. The is NO image for Arch! You are not helping anyone by posting answers to poor ill-defined questions. – Milliways Dec 31 '18 at 6:36
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    @Milliways good point, I read too fast and missed that it was Arch. But if you knew that, you could have pointed the user to some instructions. They're new and I don't think it hurts to try to help. – T. M. Dec 31 '18 at 8:54
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    There are no instructions for Arch which work for current models. Installing it is a black art, and requires a Linux OS. It is far from clear from the question what the OP is actually doing, and has not clarified. – Milliways Dec 31 '18 at 8:58

I have that not 1 drive too. I have two drivers but it's he same with your problem. When you installing ARCH LINUX to microsd(burn) Arch linux dividing microsd by 5 sectors. One of them are boot that you can see files in it. But 4 drives you cannot see because they are in different type drive that WINDOWS not able to read.(not exFat,Fat16/32/64/...). When you click them they are seeing thet you must format microsd. Don't do it! It will work.

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