I am repurposing one of my Raspberry Pi’s and need to format the microSD card. I did this from my arch linux laptop.
Formatting the disk with
I started from the official Raspberry Pi Install Docs and that eventually linked me out to this blog by Norman Dunbar. I looked through it but decided to follow this guide using
parted to format the disk from the command line. I came back to Norman Dunbar’s blog later on for instructions on loading NOOBS onto the microSD in prep for installing raspian.
# parted /dev/sda --script -- mklabel msdos # parted /dev/sda --script -- mkpart primary fat32 1MiB 100% # mkfs.vfat -F32 /dev/sda1 # parted /dev/sda print Model: Generic- SD/MMC (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 31.9GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B Partition Table: msdos Disk Flags: Number Start End Size Type File system Flags 1 1049kB 31.9GB 31.9GB primary fat32 lba
Loading an Image onto the microSD
I looked into the official instructions for installing boot images onto the microSD here. Those instructions are complicated and involve using
dd a whole lot. I decided I really don’t want to brick my laptop and I should use NOOBs. The Raspberry Pi docs link to this blog by Norman Dunbar for loading NOOBs onto the disk, it’s pretty easy.
Verify the sha1 of the downloaded NOOBS zip is the same as the one on the downloads page.
$ sha1sum ~/Downloads/NOOBS_v3_4_0.zip
Find where the disk is mounted.
$ mount | grep -i sda
For me, this informed me that I needed to go here to extract the NOOBS zip.
$ cd /run/media/nackjicholson/571C-B47B $ unzip ~/Downloads/NOOBS_v3_4_0.zip $ cd ~
Unmounting the disk.
# unmount /dev/sda
Done! This microSD is ready for the pi.
Installing Raspian with NOOBS
Start up the Raspberry Pi 3 with the NOOBS disk, follow the easy to use application to install an OS.