I'm working on a project for work involving Python code and some hardware components. I recently attempted to install some drivers to get a small touch screen to work and now my Pi won't boot. I've gone through different methods of troubleshooting for about 3 hours now and I've given up on trying to fix it. I just need to get my files off of the current microSD so I can flash it and start over. I have the contents of the SD copied to my desktop PC. How can I view individual files and remove what I need to?

tl;dr: Tried and failed to recover bootable OS. I just want to get my files and start over.


1 Answer 1


You should be able to mount the SD Card in a reader on any Linux machine, including the Pi. Trying to do on a Windows or Mac is a lot of trouble.

You can mount an image on any Linux machine.

You can use a Linux bootable CD.

I suggest you get a new SD, install Raspbian and copy the files.

  • Thank you. I've been digging around in the files from another raspberry Pi. The files that I needed were all on the desktop and I can't seem to find how to navigate to it.
    – Alexzoin
    Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 12:32
  • @Alexzoin The files hould be in /home/pi/Desktop which will probably be mounted in /media/NAME or similar, depending how you mount it.
    – Milliways
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 7:12

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.