TLDR: My Pi will randomly not boot and need to be reflashed fresh, thus losing my setup.

Hey Guys! So I have a RasPi 3 that I have been able to flash the OS to. I'm typing this on my Pi 3 now actually.

So I use this primarily as my programming CPU. I can VNC or SSH in while I'm learning Python. I hate Windows for programming but need to keep it, and would rather not dual boot.

My problem is: Randomly, the OS won't boot and I have to reflash, losing everything. Is this normal? Is there anything I can do to protect it from that? Maybe create a new user with less permissions?

I don't do anything too crazy. Mostly Git stuff and programming.

Any advice is welcome.

  • 1
    I agree with joan's comments BUT "thus losing my setup" - why don't you make a backup?
    – Milliways
    Oct 19 '19 at 22:49
  • When it doesn't boot, does that mean that the green light doesn't turn on at all?
    – SkyPlayX
    Mar 18 '20 at 13:03

Hard to see how we can help.

You need to find out why it will not boot. Perhaps look at this boot sticky.

If you are only using standard Raspbian software from the Raspbian repositories you should not have problems. If that's the case that indicates a dodgy SD card. Buy a new one from a reputable supplier.

If you are downloading software from other sources then stop doing so until you have ruled out that software as the likely problem.

  • So I'm able to boot a clean flash. And as I do work or apt-get, it'll randomly just not boot anymore. I've tried different cards and USBs. All from reputable. Even tried on the 3 different Pi's I own. I'm not the greatest at Linux yet, maybe that's my issue
    – rathor1622
    Oct 19 '19 at 23:49
  • Also, I never thought to backup my pi. I have no idea why.
    – rathor1622
    Oct 20 '19 at 1:01
  • Dodgy USB cable. Have you worked through the boot sticky and checked every point?
    – joan
    Oct 20 '19 at 7:39
  • 1
    And you do a clean shutdown sudo poweroff before you power off your Raspberry Pi?
    – MatsK
    Oct 20 '19 at 11:06
  • Yes, i did go through the sticky. I don't use a cable. I just plug the USB directly into the PI. I've downloaded the Deja-Dup and going to backup to a thumbdrive going forward.
    – rathor1622
    Oct 21 '19 at 17:44

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