Monday, August 10, 2015

How to Backup Your Pi's SD Card as an Image file

In this tutorial, I will show you how to save your Pi's SD card as a .IMG file. This is useful because it allows you to switch operating systems, easily while saving all your settings and files.

Time: 15 minutes.
Difficulty: Easy.

You Will Need:

  • A Windows computer.
  • An adapter for your Pi's SD card if using a model B+ or 2B.
Steps:
  1. Remove your Pi's SD card.
  2. Insert it into your Windows computer. 
  3. Download and install Win32 Disk Imager HERE.
  4. Remove all USB flash drives and SD cards except the one from your Pi.
  5. Start Win32 Disk Imager and under "Device", select your Pi's SD card.
  6. Select a location for your file under "Image File" and click "Read". WARNING: The .IMG file will be very large. They are usually around 5-7 gigabytes.
  7. This will take a while but once it's finished, you will have a copy of your entire SD card.