Coding, Crafty, Electronics, Milestones, PiTop, RaspberryPi

We fixed the PiTop! Can’t believe it worked!

It was Simon’s idea to reimage the corrupted SD-card, he tried doing it himself the morning after the crash. He downloaded Noobs and Raspbian from RaspberryPi’s website but couldn’t go any further. The desktop said the files were “damaged”. As it turned out later, they were zipped and the desktop simply had no space on the hard drive to unzip them. But that was a good thing Simon stopped there as he didn’t know he should format the SD-card first, before uploading the new OS.

Later the same day we received an email from PiTop support with the steps to reanimate our newborn. The procedure was quite like what Simon had suggested, except that were advised to start with extracting the old OS and formatting the SD-card. We also received useful links to download imaging software:

The new OS came directly from PiTop’s site.

After reimaging the SD-card Simon reinstalled the tiny thing back into the RaspberryPi inside the PiTop without removing the RaspberryPi – he has thin fingers! It was a very exciting moment, we didn’t know if it would work. But it did!!


Simon went straight on to programming again.

These were the steps we followed:

Extract the old OS from the SD card onto to your desktop.

Reformat your SD card by using SDFormatter which will ensure the the SD card is in the correct format.

For the most up-to-date version of the pi-topOS, download it here:

Follow this link for instructions on installing the OS onto your SD card:

Follow the instructions for, “Writing an image to the SD Card,” based on your operating system. (We had to install new imaging software at this pont). Once you’ve completed this you should be able to plug your microSD card back into your Raspberry Pi and go!


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