should appear that allows you to select the drive in which
your microSD card is located (Figure 4). Once you’ve
made sure to select the correct drive, click Format and OK
on any subsequent prompts.
Now, let’s install the NOOBS files. Go to the
Raspberry Pi downloads page (see Resources). If the link
fails, a quick Google search works. Click on “NOOBS”
and scroll down to Download ZIP for NOOBS (Figure 5).
Once that has downloaded (this may take a while),
copy and paste the files into your empty SD
drive. When that’s done transferring, safely
remove your microSD card from the computer. We’re now
ready to begin booting up the Pi!
Insert the microSD card into your Raspberry Pi 3.
Make sure that the orientation of the card is correct; if the
Pi is facing up (with the USB ports on top), then the SD
card slides in with the print facing down and the copper
contacts facing up (Figure 6). Notice this is a friction fit. In
other words, there won’t be a spring or an auditory click.
Choose any two USB ports to plug in your keyboard
and mouse. Plug in the HDMI cable to the HDMI port on
the Pi and the HDMI port on your monitor. Finally, plug in
the micro USB power supply into the Pi. If it’s plugged in
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FIGURE 6. Inserting the SD card.
FIGURE 5. Downloading NOOBS zip file. FIGURE 4. SD formatting tool window.
FIGURE 3. SD Formatting terms and conditions.