Flashing SD from Windows 7

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by dconner » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:05 pm
Can any one help me with this procedure:- When I activate the WRITE button in "..win32-image-witer" I get the message "Write successful" after about 1second. Nothing is written to my Trancend SD. What am I doing wrong ? Any help will be greatly appreciated !!
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by MattHawkinsUK » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:41 pm
What image are you attempting to write?
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by gragib » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:56 pm
How many external drives are connected to your PC? Did you select the right drive? I ask this because flashing a USB hard drive is usually much faster than flashing an SD card with the same image.
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by aaa801 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:52 am
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by dconner » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:16 am
MattHawkinsUK wrote:What image are you attempting to write?

Attempting to write the "Win32DiskImager.exe" file from the binary "Image Writer foir Windows Zip File", as detailed in page 22 of the Raspberry Pi User Guide.
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by WeUsePis » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:22 am
The "Win32DiskImager.exe" is not an image file, but the tool that needs to be used to write an image file to the SD card. The image files have a file extension of .img. That is also the default file extension filter set in the browse box of Win32DiskImager. Here are some other (?) instructions:
http://elinux.org/RPi_Easy_SD_Card_Setu ... on_Windows
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by alexeames » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:34 pm
Fairly comprehensive tutorial on this here...


You need to download the image creation program (which you have) and also the file which contains the disk image data as well (that will usually be around a gigabyte or more).
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by dconner » Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:38 pm
Many thanks for all your help. Firstly, a full format FAT32 was needed and then the information contained in "RPi Easy SD Card Setup" cleared my problems.
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