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This guide shows you how to install an Operating System on a Raspberry Pi 4. The one I chose for this guide is Ubuntu Server 20.10 64 bit, so if you are installing that, you can follow along easily. If you are wondering which hardware I used, the exact items are linked at the bottom

On a Windows computer
Insert your USB M.2 Drive into the USB 3.0 Port on your Windows computer
Open a web browser
Navigate to
Download the Raspberry Pi Imager

Once it is downloaded, double click the imager.exe file
Select Yes
Click Install
Checkmark Run Raspberry Pi Imager
Click Finish

Now that the Raspberry Pi Imager is running
Click Choose OS
Scroll down and select Ubuntu
Then select Ubuntu Server 20.10 (RPI 3/4/400) 64-BIT
Select your SD Card (500GB WD M.2 Drive)
Click Write
All existing data …. will be erased. Are you sure you want to continue?
Click Yes
Data is written to the SD Card
The data is automatically verified after it is written
Once it finishes you will see the message that “you can now remove the SD card from the reader”
Remove the card
Click Continue

Now back on the Raspberry Pi
Plug in network cable
Connect the keyboard
Plug in a mouse
Connect the HDMI cable
Install the M.2 USB Drive you just made (up above)
Plug in the power (Last step)

Boot up your Raspberry Pi
The first time you login the username is ubuntu
The password is ubuntu
You will be forced to change the password immediately
Now you will want to run the following commands
sudo bash
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade
apt install net tools

Note your ip address

You can now connect remotely and finish setting up the system

You are done. Your Raspberry Pi 4 is setup with the Ubuntu Server 20.10

Hardware that I used:
Raspberry Pi 4 (4gb)

SanDisk 32GB Ultra microSDHC UHS-I Memory Card with Adapter

CanaKit 3.5A Raspberry Pi 4 Power Supply (USB-C)

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Micro HDMI Cable – 6 Feet

Western Digital 500GB WD_Black SN750 NVMe

Plugable USB C to M.2 NVMe Tool-free Enclosure

Thanks for reading…….