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Using Win32 Disk Imager

pCP Team 5 November 2020 pCP 6.1.0 Setup • How to

This program is designed to write a raw disk image to a removable device or backup a removable device to a raw image file. It is very useful for embedded development, namely Arm development projects (Android, Ubuntu on Arm, etc).

Step 1

Insert SD card into PC.

Step 2

Click [Cancel] if prompted to format disk.

  Danger
Never format the SD card even if prompted.

Windows Format Drive

  Danger

Depending on software loaded on your PC, you may be get a series of messages when you plug your SD card in.

  • Ignore formatting requests.
  • Ignore anti-virus warnings.
  • Ignore requests to do backups.
Step 3

Note the new drive letter that has been created (ie. F:).

Step 4

Click [Win32 Disk Imager].

Win32 Disk Imager - Blank

Step 5

Select Image File (ie. piCorePlayer3.11.img).

Win32 Disk Imager - Image File

Step 6

(Optional) Click [MD5 Hash].

Compare MD5 checksum with contents of piCoreImagex.xx.img.md5.txt

Win32 Disk Imager - MD5 Hash

Step 7

Set Device to your SD card (ie. F:).

  Danger
Ensure you have your SD card selected. You can accidently overwrite USB drive!

Win32 Disk Imager - Device

Step 8

Click [Write].

Write data on “Image file” to “Device”.

Win32 Disk Imager - Write

Step 9

Read Confirm overwrite message.

  Warning
Ensure Target Device is correct.
  Warning
Ensure Target Device label is correct.

Click [Yes].

Win32 Disk Imager - Confirm Overwrite

Step 10

Writing should take about 10 seconds.

Exact time will depend on SD card quality.

Click [OK].

Win32 Disk Imager - Complete

Step 11

Click [Exit].

Win32 Disk Imager - Exit

Step 12

Click [Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media].

Step 13

Click [Eject Device] pCP (F:).

Win32 Disk Imager - Eject SD card

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