How to load embedded linux distribution into SD card from windows computer?

Let’s say following Yocto project image or embedded linux distribution was created by using remote virtual linux box from windows computer:

Image Name: fsl-image-validation-imx
Target: Builds an i.MX image with a GUI without any Qt content.

Please refer to section 5.2 in attached i.MX_Yocto_Project_User’s_Guide.pdf

The created filename that needs to be loaded in Secure Digital(SD) card is: fsl-image-validation-imx-imx8qxpmek-20190904151816.rootfs.sdcard

This file has been copied from linux virtual box to windows computer.

How do I load this file into SanDisk Ultra 8GB class 10 SDHC card using my windows computer?

After successful load, this SD card will be inserted into NXP i.MX 8QuadXPlus Multisensory Enablement Kit(MEK) evaluation board to boot embedded linux kernel.

What do I need to know about SD card in order to successfully load image into it from my windows computer. Do I need to format SD card first? I’m familiar
with formatting hard disk but never formatted SD card? Do I need to create partitions? In hard disk partitions are created to load different OS in each partition. what
about SD card?

Hard disk internal structure consists of tracks and sectors. Do I need to know SD card structure for successfully loading image into it from windows computer?

  1. Don’t overthink it, just do it.
  2. Take your SD card.
  3. Slide it into your SD card adapter which is connected to your computer.
  4. Download this tool, choosing the correct distribution.
  5. Open the downloaded tool.
  6. Select your image file as the source, called fsl-image-validation-imx-imx8qxpmek-20190904151816.rootfs.sdcard according to you.
  7. Be sure to select the correct SD card as the destination, so that you don’t delete the wrong one.
  8. Flash.
  9. Put the SD card into your device.
  10. Boot.
  11. Stay simple and stop overthinking simple things.
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Firstly welcome to the community hope you enjoy your stay with us. Secondly as @Akito says don’t over think it and do as he shows in his reply to you.


After flash to SD card completed successfully, following window popped on my screen:


SD card was detected on drive E:
Why is Microsoft Windows asking to format disk on drive F:
I don’t see drive F: in my File Explorer.

Please advise!