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7.1: SD Card Formatter

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    SD Card Formatter

    This is required because you need to format a micro SD card and install an image of the Raspberry Pi Operating System (RPi OS) on it.  Disk formatting is the process of preparing a data storage device such as a hard disk drive, solid-state drive, floppy disk or USB flash drive for initial use. In some cases, the formatting operation may also create one or more new file systems. It also erases any previous data on the drive.  

    An SD Card Formatter is not included in the Windows operating system, so we need to install it.  To do so, go to:

    Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Blue Accept button. When you do so, it will automatically start to download the installer software as a Zip file.  Right click on the file and extract. Double click on the Setup file go thorough the installation wizard and install the software. When you have done so, the SD Card Formatter App will show in your start menu (you can type it into the search box of the start menu). 

    clipboard_ed227698f5ae044eb936c99284201cacd.pngFigure \(\PageIndex{1}\):SD card formatter appears in start menu.  You can also type SD Card... in the search option of the start menu and it will show up (CC0.0; Bob Belford)

    You will need to use this software in section 1.1 when you install your Raspberry Pi's operating System.

    This page titled 7.1: SD Card Formatter is shared under a not declared license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Robert Belford.

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