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Will Raspberry Pi boot without an SD Card?

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Will Raspberry Pi boot without an SD Card?
asked July, 15, 2021
Marcus Schappi

2 Answers

Short answer: No 

Long answer: We need to use an SD card to install the operating system for the Raspberry Pi, and boot the Pi with it. If you're starting out, we recommend using the Raspberry Pi Operating System (formerly known as Raspbian). When the Raspberry Pi is 'switched on', i.e. connected to a power supply, a special piece of code called the bootloader is executed, which reads more special code from the SD card that is used to start up the Raspberry Pi. If there is no SD card inserted, it will not start. Do NOT push in or pull out an SD card while the Raspberry Pi is connected to the power, as this is likely to corrupt the SD card data (you might get away with it, but it is best not to).

  1. Raspberry Pi's documentation on SD Cards
  2. Elinux's documentation on SD Cards

answered July, 15, 2021
However, if you want to tinker around, check out this article :-)
answered July, 15, 2021

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