Raspberry Pi SD Card Formatting Tutorial – Step By Step Easy Setup

This tutorial will show you how to format your SD card for your Raspberry Pi.

Start Raspberry Pi SD Card Formatting Tutorial

Step 1: Download Raspberry Pi SD Setup Utility & Raspian Wheezy

First you want to download Raspian Wheezy from the Raspberry Pi Website. It can be found here.

Apple Pi Baker which can be found here, is a setup utility used for OS X setup. It allows you to setup your SD card without using the command line or with any previous programming experience.

Open Disk Utility on your Mac and wipe the SD Card using an EX-FAT partition. Then open the Apple Pi SD Card Setup Utility and select your SD card. Then using the Wheezy download, find the .img file and start the restore.



After that is done your SD Card is setup!


Step 2: Power up your Raspberry Pi

Now you can plug in your Raspberry Pi. Mine is setup with a Logitech Keyboard and the Cana Kit Wifi USB hub. My setup looks like this:

Raspberry Pi Setup Tutorial

When it first boots it will show a blue screen like this:

Rasperry Pi Enable SSH


Here a few options you want to enable:

  • Change user password to something besides the default
  • Advanced Options -> Enable SSH (so we can just remote in from our computer rather than using the monitor and Wireless Keyboard)
  • Change the Time (optional)
  • Make sure you have selected the correct Keyboard (I chose to use Logitech Generic Keyboard)

Then Select Finish.


Step 2: Enable Wifi via Command Line

We are still using our monitor and wireless keyboard but need to connect our Raspberry Pi to our Local WiFi network so we can use SSH to connect from now on.

On your wireless keyboard, type

sudo nano /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

This will allow you to connect to your WiFi using your WiFi name and password. Add these lines to the end of the file. There are a few lines at the top of the file by default, do not delete them.



Now we will reboot but running sudo reboot.

If we setup everything correctly, our Raspberry Pi should now have access to the internet through the WiFi usb hub. Once it is finished rebooting, your IP address should be shown above your login after My IP Address is 192.XXX.XXX.X or something similar.

If you would like to see your IP address after logging in you can run the command sudo ifconfig. Now we can connect to our Raspberry Pi via SSH using that IP Address.


Step 3: Enable Wifi via Command Line

From your computer (not Raspberry Pi) run the command

ssh pi@192.XXX.X.XX



SSH into your Raspberry Pi

Now we no longer have to use the wireless keyboard and external monitor for our Raspberry Pi.


Step 4: Update and Upgrade Raspberry Pi Software and Firmware

From your computer (not Raspberry Pi) run the command

# 1. Get Update.
sudo apt-get update

# 2. Get Upgrade.
sudo apt-get upgrade -y

# 3. Update rpi
sudo rpi-update

#4 Optional Reboot
sudo reboot

Now you are update and connected to your Raspberry Pi. Check out some of my other tutorials and also be sure to post any comments or questions below!

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