Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Conclusion

Raspberry PiThis post is part of the series on preparing a new SD card to install a new Raspberry Pi operating system; this series is a sub-series of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi.

With the SD Card Formatter tool, it is easy to create a bootable SD card for the Raspberry Pi.

I’ve used the tool to install NOOBS, but there are a number of other OSes available. However, if you go with NOOBS, it includes a few different operating systems, some of which allow additional software to be installed (suchas Rasbian Lite which I used when installing a Pi-hole).

Adventures With A Raspberry Pi

Adventures With A Raspberry Pi
Building The Raspberry Pi: CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Complete Starter Kit
Building The Raspberry Pi: Raspberry Pi Build
Building The Raspberry Pi: Install Operating System
Building The Raspberry Pi: First Run
Building The Raspberry Pi: System Configuration Tool
Building The Raspberry Pi: Enable SSH For Remote Access
Building The Raspberry Pi: Securing the Raspberry Pi
Building The Raspberry Pi: Conclusion
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: What is Pi-hole?
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Install Pi-hole
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Change Pi-hole Admin Password
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Configure Network to use Pi-hole
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Blocked Adverts
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Admin Interface
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Disabling Pi-hole
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Whitelisting a Site
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Update Blocklists
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Maintain Blocklists
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Change DNS Servers
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Connecting With SSH
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Updating the Pi-hole
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Conclusion
What Else Can I Use It For?
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Download SD Card Formatter
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Install SD Card Formatter
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Format SD Card
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Download NOOBS
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Copy Files To The SD Card
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Conclusion

Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Copy Files To The SD Card

Raspberry PiThis post is part of the series on preparing a new SD card to install a new Raspberry Pi operating system; this series is a sub-series of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi.

With NOOBS downloaded, extract the files from the zip file:

NOOBS zip file

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Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Download NOOBS

Raspberry PiThis post is part of the series on preparing a new SD card to install a new Raspberry Pi operating system; this series is a sub-series of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi.

You have two options for operating systems available directly from Raspberry Pi; NOOBS and Raspbian.

NOOBS is the New Out Of Box Software which contains several operating systems accessible via an easy to use launcher.

Raspbian is the full Raspberry Pi operating system.

I have opted to use NOOBS for my micro-SD card as it includes a recovery console (hold down the shift key during boot). Download NOOBS from the Raspberry Pi downloads page. Click the large NOOBS image:

NOOBS download page

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Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Format SD Card

Raspberry PiThis post is part of the series on preparing a new SD card to install a new Raspberry Pi operating system; this series is a sub-series of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi.

With the SD Card Formatter Installed, it is time to format the SD card. Place the SD card into the card reader and launch SD Card Formatter from the Windows start menu.

Make sure the corrected card is selected and mark Overwrite Format and then click Next:

SD Card Formatter

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Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Install SD Card Formatter

Raspberry PiThis post is part of the series on preparing a new SD card to install a new Raspberry Pi operating system; this series is a sub-series of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi.

With the SD Memory Card Formatter downloaded, we can now install it.

Extract and launch the application from the downloaded zip file:

Downloaded and extracted application

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Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Download SD Card Formatter

Raspberry PiThis post is part of the series on preparing a new SD card to install a new Raspberry Pi operating system; this series is a sub-series of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi.

I am using a large capacity micro-SD card for install the new OS and it is recommended to use the SD Memory Card Formatter from the SD Association.

You can download the tool from here. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the blue For Windows button.

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Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Series Index

Raspberry PiThis series is a sub-series of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi. In this series, I am going to prepare a new SD card for installing the Raspberry Pi operating system.

I’d heard one or two people say they’d had issues with installing a new OS for Raspberry Pi, but a little searching and I found a simple tool which allows you to easily create a bootable SD card, which I am going to step through in this series.

Adventures With A Raspberry Pi

Adventures With A Raspberry Pi
Building The Raspberry Pi: CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Complete Starter Kit
Building The Raspberry Pi: Raspberry Pi Build
Building The Raspberry Pi: Install Operating System
Building The Raspberry Pi: First Run
Building The Raspberry Pi: System Configuration Tool
Building The Raspberry Pi: Enable SSH For Remote Access
Building The Raspberry Pi: Securing the Raspberry Pi
Building The Raspberry Pi: Conclusion
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: What is Pi-hole?
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Install Pi-hole
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Change Pi-hole Admin Password
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Configure Network to use Pi-hole
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Blocked Adverts
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Admin Interface
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Disabling Pi-hole
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Whitelisting a Site
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Update Blocklists
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Maintain Blocklists
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Change DNS Servers
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Connecting With SSH
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Updating the Pi-hole
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Conclusion
What Else Can I Use It For?
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Download SD Card Formatter
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Install SD Card Formatter
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Format SD Card
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Download NOOBS
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Copy Files To The SD Card
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Conclusion

Adventures With A Raspberry Pi: What Else Can I Use It For?

Raspberry PiThis post is part of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi series.

I’ve posted that my main reason for buying a Raspberry Pi was to use as a Pi-hole for blokcing adverts.

Having found that a very good use, I’ve found myself wondering what else I could use a Raspberry Pi for? They’re almost throwaway in terms of cost (£59.99 on Amazon UK) and there is a lot of software available for them.

One use I have is to piggyback on the Pi-hole by installing a VPN; I travel a lot for work and this would allow me to VPN into the Raspberry Pi when I am away and send all network travel through the Pi-hole. Ad free browsing even when away from home (I have an Android mobile so could use a VPN on the phone as well).

One potential use is as an HTPC (Home Theatre PC). A few years ago there was a raft of HTPCs available, but they seem to have pretty much disappeared (or become horrendously high price).

I will be doing posts in future as I experiment with my Raspberry Pi. Or a Pi anyway as I have a second one sat on my desk waiting to be put to some use.

Adventures With A Raspberry Pi

Adventures With A Raspberry Pi
Building The Raspberry Pi: CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Complete Starter Kit
Building The Raspberry Pi: Raspberry Pi Build
Building The Raspberry Pi: Install Operating System
Building The Raspberry Pi: First Run
Building The Raspberry Pi: System Configuration Tool
Building The Raspberry Pi: Enable SSH For Remote Access
Building The Raspberry Pi: Securing the Raspberry Pi
Building The Raspberry Pi: Conclusion
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: What is Pi-hole?
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Install Pi-hole
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Change Pi-hole Admin Password
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Configure Network to use Pi-hole
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Blocked Adverts
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Admin Interface
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Disabling Pi-hole
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Whitelisting a Site
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Update Blocklists
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Maintain Blocklists
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Change DNS Servers
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Connecting With SSH
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Updating the Pi-hole
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Conclusion
What Else Can I Use It For?
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Download SD Card Formatter
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Install SD Card Formatter
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Format SD Card
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Download NOOBS
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Copy Files To The SD Card
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Conclusion

Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Conclusion

Raspberry PiThis post is part of the series on using the Pi-hole; this series is a sub-series of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi.

I’ve been a Windows user ever since I first started using a PC back in 1995; my exposure to other operating systems has been very limited so I was slightly tentative about buying a Raspberry Pi and setting up Pi-hole. I have to say that the process has been very smooth and the Pi-hole is an effective ad blocker.

The Pi-hole admin interface is very easy to use and the few items which need to be performed at command line are nice and straightforward. If I’d known how easy it was going to be and how effective the Pi-hole is ad stopped adverts, I’d have built one much earlier than I did.

Adventures With A Raspberry Pi

Adventures With A Raspberry Pi
Building The Raspberry Pi: CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Complete Starter Kit
Building The Raspberry Pi: Raspberry Pi Build
Building The Raspberry Pi: Install Operating System
Building The Raspberry Pi: First Run
Building The Raspberry Pi: System Configuration Tool
Building The Raspberry Pi: Enable SSH For Remote Access
Building The Raspberry Pi: Securing the Raspberry Pi
Building The Raspberry Pi: Conclusion
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: What is Pi-hole?
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Install Pi-hole
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Change Pi-hole Admin Password
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Configure Network to use Pi-hole
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Blocked Adverts
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Admin Interface
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Disabling Pi-hole
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Whitelisting a Site
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Update Blocklists
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Maintain Blocklists
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Change DNS Servers
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Connecting With SSH
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Updating the Pi-hole
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Conclusion
What Else Can I Use It For?
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Download SD Card Formatter
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Install SD Card Formatter
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Format SD Card
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Download NOOBS
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Copy Files To The SD Card
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Conclusion

Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Updating the Pi-hole

Raspberry PiThis post is part of the series on using the Pi-hole; this series is a sub-series of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi.

While the Pi-hole blocklists will automatically update, the Pi-hole itself does not. However, updating the Pi-hole is a simple job. Log onto your Pi-hole, most likely using SSH, and type the following command:

pihole -up
Running pihole -up command

The update of Pi-hole will take a few minutes to run through; progress will be shown and a confirmation message shown when finished.

The Pi-hole admin interface will show when a new updateis available for the Pi-hole; it is recommended to keep up-to-date with Pi-hole to ensure the best security.

Adventures With A Raspberry Pi

Adventures With A Raspberry Pi
Building The Raspberry Pi: CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Complete Starter Kit
Building The Raspberry Pi: Raspberry Pi Build
Building The Raspberry Pi: Install Operating System
Building The Raspberry Pi: First Run
Building The Raspberry Pi: System Configuration Tool
Building The Raspberry Pi: Enable SSH For Remote Access
Building The Raspberry Pi: Securing the Raspberry Pi
Building The Raspberry Pi: Conclusion
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: What is Pi-hole?
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Install Pi-hole
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Change Pi-hole Admin Password
Installing Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Configure Network to use Pi-hole
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Blocked Adverts
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Admin Interface
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Disabling Pi-hole
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Whitelisting a Site
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Update Blocklists
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Maintain Blocklists
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Change DNS Servers
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Connecting With SSH
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Updating the Pi-hole
Using Pi-hole On A Raspberry Pi: Conclusion
What Else Can I Use It For?
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Download SD Card Formatter
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Install SD Card Formatter
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Format SD Card
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Download NOOBS
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Copy Files To The SD Card
Prepare New SD Card For Raspberry Pi OS: Conclusion