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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.

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

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