Boot Managers
noobs If you would like to install more than one Opperating System (OS) there are a couple of options available.  This gives you the option to start your Raspberry Pi into, for example, RetroPie or OpenElec.  This can come in very useful if you want to test a build or create a backup.

The two main options are NOOBS (New Out Of Box Software) and Berryboot.  Both offer different functionality and limitations.

NOOBS (New Out Of the Box Software)
noobslogo NOOBS is an easy operating system installer which contains Raspbian. It also provides a selection of alternative operating systems which are then downloaded from the internet and installed.

NOOBS Lite contains the same operating system installer without Raspbian pre-loaded. It provides the same operating system selection menu allowing Raspbian and other images to be downloaded and installed.


BerryBoot (Universal Operating System Installer)

For people short on SD cards: Berryboot is a simple boot selection screen for ARM computers like the Raspberry Pi, that allows you to put multiple Linux distributions on a single SD card.

In addition it allows you to put the operating system files on an external USB hard drive instead of on the SD card itself.

Formatting your SD Card with Windows
format sdcard If you are using a Windows computer and would like to reliably format the SD card you are using you will need to make sure this is done correctly otherwise the Raspberry Pi will not boot.  This is especially the case with SD cards which are larger than 32GB.
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