Burn piCorePlayer onto a SD card

pCP Team 5 September 2020 pCP 5.0.0 Setup • How to


Win32 Disk Imager

Step 1

Insert SD card into PC.

Step 2

Click [Cancel] if prompted to format disk.

Never format the SD card even if prompted.

Windows Format Drive


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:).

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.

Ensure Target Device is correct.
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


Using dd command

Step 1
Make sure you know what your doing here. dd can write to any device and wipe out your hard disk in a second!

Depending on your system, finding the card device can use different tools.

Use lsblk or blkid to identify your device. Typically /dev/sd? or /dev/mmcblk?.

Run the command before and after inserting SD card.

Step 2

Using lsblk, type:

$ lsblk

dd - Find SD card

In this case, the card is located at /dev/sdf.

Step 3

Using blkid on piCorePlayer, type:

$ blkid

dd - Find SD card

In this case, the card is located at /dev/sdb.

Step 4

Unmount all partitions of the SD card device.

Type the following commands:

$ sudo umount /dev/sdf1

$ sudo umount /dev/sdf2

Step 5

Write the new image using this command.

$ sudo dd if=piCorePlayer3.11.img of=/dev/sdf bs=1M

dd - Write SD card

Step 6

Remove SD card. Image is ready to use.


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