In early March I spent over two weeks breaking and then rebuilding my raspberry pi webserver. I just wanted to play a game and the whole site came tumbling down.
You see, my neighbor girl, whom I was watching, was obsessed with these YouTubers who recorded themselves playing Minecraft. The videos were mildly entertaining for the first few hours but became quite annoying after that. Wouldn’t she rather play Minecraft?
I can’t install any paid apps on her little notebook pc but fortunately Minecraft comes on my raspberry pi which she can use remote desktop to access. The problem was that the game would never load. I would only get a black window.
Hm…? Probably outdated X windowing systems. I update regularly but maybe now would be a good time to upgrade to Raspbian Jessie. So I started that upgrade and said yes to everything. Yes, yes was not the always the correct answer.
Grinding halt. I couldn’t even get a login script… And to top it all off I discovered at this point that Minecraft for pi doesn’t work remotely. No wonder!
Fortunately, a wise person early on told me “why don’t you just start a fresh image? It won’t take very long.” So that is what I got to do.
Unfortunately I don’t keep backups of the pi because the only I currently know how is by swapping the microsd into a laptop. So even though I could not log into the pi I hoped to at least pull my website and some other files info off of if manually. First I had to teach myself about Linux partition EXT formats. Then I had to find a way to mount that type of system to my PC. I discovered that Paragon Software has a drive mounting program. I am familiar with Paragon because I like the free version of their partition manager. (After the trial period the program will only allow the user to use a few basic tools. Fortunately those are the only tools I ever need.)
Once I had it mounted in a readable format I was able to copy everything to my laptop and free up the flash drive to be reformatted. And I was off! Of course, I abandoned my attempt to load Minecraft and instead loaded WordPress. Better use of my time anyway. And my neighbor girl doesn’t watch Minecraft videos anymore anyway. Now she just plays with fidget spinners.