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Appendix A. Writing an SD Card Image

While this book has focused on the Raspbian operating system, there are many other distributions that can run on the Raspberry Pi. With any of them, you need to simply download the disk image and then not-so-simply copy the disk image onto the SD card. Here’s how to create an SD Card from a disk image on OS X, Windows, and Linux.

Writing an SD card from OS X

  1. Open your Terminal utility (it’s in /Applications/Utilities) to get a command line prompt
  2. Without the card in your computer’s SD card reader, type df -h. The df program shows your free space, but it also shows which disk volumes are mounted.
  3. Now insert the SD card and run df -h again.
  4. Look at the list of mounted volumes and determine which one is the ...

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