Quote from Burngate on October 20, 2011, 18:01
Not sure if this is a good place for this question, though I've tried searching and not found anything relevant.
I picture, a few months from now, a village somewhere in the Masai Mara (or it could be an igloo on Novaya Zemlya) a young lad about 13.
He's got his RasPi (free to the village via the buy-one-give-one), he's got the SD card (also hopefully free via BOGO?) loaded with the OS etc., a keyboard and PSU (maybe in the pile of recycle trash shipped to his village from London), and he's been allowed to use the village TV. All well and good. It works.
Now a couple of days later, it's stopped working. He did somat silly, wiped the SD card! He's in trouble - including with the village elders who had let him play with it!
What does he do? He needs to reflash the card from scratch.
Ok, he's got everything he needs on a USB stick, he's got the RasPi, connected to keyboard and TV, and the now-blank SD card plugged in, but nothing happening.
To get the image off the USB stick onto the SD card, he needs all the USB and SD card drivers on the SD card, but they're on the USB stick not the SD card, so he can't use them.
He could go on-line using another computer, down-load it all on to the SD card using the other computer's SD card reader. But there isn't another computer in the village.
Maybe he could use another RasPi, assuming someone else in the village has one. But the other RasPi needs its card in the card slot to work, so he can't just swap it out to re-image his card - or can he?
I can see me in the same-ish position. If the image exists on a USB stick, can I boot off the USB stick, then transfer the image to the trashed SD card?
Or, I've bought two cards, I've trashed one, can I transfer the image off the good one to the trashed one using only the RasPi?
Maybe a third party business,school,mission group (or even the raspberry pi team) could set up a system where kids can send in the sd cards that they've accidentally wiped, and have some sort of main computer that could fix it for them. I'm sure where ever this little device goes, there will be someone technically inclined to either be able to fix it for them or teach their parents, teachers, or guardians how to. It might just be wishful thinking on my part, but it sounds plausible.