Loading Raspbian onto your microSD card

In order to run anything on a Raspberry Pi, you first need to install an operating system. There are a great many OS flavors to choose from and most would probably suffice but we used the standard Raspberry Pi OS.

  1. Download Raspberry Pi OS image or your OS flavor of choice
  2. Download and install a SD OS flasher. I recommend balenaEtcher.
  3. Place the microSD card in the microSD card reader and connect it to a USB port
  4. Open up balenaEtcher, click on "Flash from file" and select your image
  5. Click "Select Target" and select the microSD card / USB drive
  6. Click "Flash!"
  7. After the microSD card has been flashed, insert the card into the Raspberry Pi and follow the instructions to finish the installation