This page holds a collection of resources pertaining to the Raspberry Pi both directly and indirectly.
SD Card Preparation:
SD Formatter 4.0 for SD/SDHC/SDXC – Depending on the file format and prior uses your SD card has been exposed to, it is always recommended that you use the official SD Card formatting tool from the SD Association. This tool is required for creating a bootable SD Card for your Raspberry Pi.
Win32 Disk Imager – The operating systems for the Raspberry Pi come packaged as an image file. Basically this is a compressed file that needs to be “burned” to your SD card so that it can extract itself and make your SD card bootable on the Pi. This free utility is an excellent option for getting your Pi ready after you have properly formatted your SD card.
PuTTY – Shell access from a remote machine using a secured connection can be easily done with this open source utility. All that you need running on your Pi is an SSH Server, and that can be easily implemented.
UltraVNC Viewer – When shell access just isn’t cutting it, sometimes it helps to have a remote desktop in place for your Raspberry Pi. Check out my tutorial on setting up a VNC server, then use this utility to log in to your graphical Pi desktop remotely.