I had a working copy of Raspbian but need to try another version with a weather station program installed and working as my attempt wasn't getting very far and was reading 0 values for several of my sensors. I know the sensors are working as I get correct values when I use Windows.
I downloaded an image file as a .gz (rpi_consolewd.gz) file, extracted the 1.img file (there was also a 0.fat file there as well) and then used Etcher to Flash the formatted SD card (I use SD Card Formatter for this).
During this process it gave me a warning: "It looks like this is not a bootable image. The image does not appear to contain a partition table, and might not be recognized or bootable by your device."
Not knowing any better, I decided to carry on and pressed Flash and waited for it to write it to my card.
This gave me an SD card that said it needed formatting and was undreadable. Tried it in the Pi anyway and nothing. Wouldn't boot. Wasn't surprised.
In windows, If I right click on the 1.img file and select Mount. Windows errors with: "The disc image file is corrupted."
But, going back to 7-Zip, if I open the 1.img file I get a list of dirs.
My next step was to format the card again. Extract the contents of 1.img into a dir on my desktop then copy this across to the card giving me:
Directory of F:\ (F:\ being my SD Card)
05/07/2017 11:44 <DIR> lost+found
05/07/2017 10:30 <DIR> media
05/07/2017 10:30 <DIR> mnt
13/01/2018 12:39 <DIR> opt
07/01/2015 02:09 <DIR> proc
13/01/2018 12:41 <DIR> root
13/01/2018 12:39 <DIR> run
05/07/2017 10:55 <DIR> sbin
05/07/2017 10:30 <DIR> srv
12/04/2015 10:20 <DIR> sys
16/07/2017 21:05 <DIR> tmp
13/01/2018 12:39 <DIR> usr
13/01/2018 12:39 <DIR> var
13/01/2018 12:39 <DIR> bin
05/07/2017 11:44 <DIR> boot
13/01/2018 12:39 <DIR> dev
13/01/2018 12:40 <DIR> etc
13/01/2018 12:39 <DIR> home
13/01/2018 12:40 <DIR> lib
13/01/2018 14:27 33 dir.txt
1 File(s) 33 bytes
19 Dir(s) 14,189,658,112 bytes free
Popped this into my Pi and again. Nothing. It wouldn't boot.
Not sure how to proceed from here. Any pointers would be appreciated.
And... As you can tell I'm new to this so please be gentle.