We have done what we can to optimise the builds for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 but microSDHC I/O throughput is a bottleneck so we highly recommend that you use a Class 6 or Class 10 microSDHC card.
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Making a microSDHC
The image can be burned to a DVD, mounted as an ISO file, or be directly
written to a USB stick using a utility like
dd, but we prefer
(from the gddrescue package, for example:
sudo apt-get install gddrescue unxz ubuntu-mate-16.04-desktop-armhf-raspberry-pi.img.xz sudo ddrescue -d -D --force ubuntu-mate-16.04-desktop-armhf-raspberry-pi.img /dev/sdx
The drive may be mounted on any
/dev/sdX so use the command
lsblk to check.
If you prefer a graphical tool we recommend using GNOME Disks and the Restore Disk Image… option, which natively supports XZ compressed images.
sudo apt-get install gnome-disk-utility
Making a microSDHC with Windows
If you want to make a microSDHC using Windows we recommend:
Frequently asked questions
There are some questions we are asked frequently so we’ve compiled a list of answers to the most common questions.FAQ