I needed my Raspberry Pi SD card for something urgently one day so I just quickly copied the files from the SD card directly into a folder on my Windows desktop.

I know I should've made an image file but did not have the time.

Is there a way to restore my Raspberry Pi to boot off those copied files?


  • This is like asking : I've saved some parts of my house before purposefully destroying it. Can i rebuild it again ? Answer : Depends on the saved parts. – flakeshake Jul 11 '17 at 6:45
  • Probably not as I doubt you've copied anything but the fat32 partition, which holds essentially nothing but operating system settings – Mohammad Ali Jul 11 '17 at 7:14
  • I would suggest you create a new SD card with the OS you previous SD card used, then use FTP or SSH to transfer the files you need back to the SD card. I never try but this should works depends on what you would needed and what you've copied. No guaranteed. – hcheung Jul 11 '17 at 12:23
  • ok, obviously I have made a serious mistake by not making an image of the SD card as I have confirmed all I have now is a copy of the fat32 partition. I am still learning how to develop with the Raspberry Pi and this is definitely a good lesson. Thank you for your help – Joe Jul 11 '17 at 23:25

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