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Crowdsourcing Mornings: pISO: The Most Versatile Flash Drive Yet


This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Many people work with multiple operating systems like Windows, Linux, or MacOS. Unfortunately there is no single filesystem that works well across all of these. When moving files around, you often find yourself needing to reformat a flash drive (after ensuring that you’ve backed everything up) or find a different drive.  pISO is a hat for the Raspberry Pi Zero that solves this problem by transforming your Pi into a ‘super’ flash drive with the ability to create lots of virtual flash drives at once. These drives will look exactly like a normal flash drive to your computer but can be formatted however you want. So if you need to copy some files from a windows machine and you only have a drive formatted for Linux, just create a new drive, select Windows as the platform, and copy the files over. Your other virtual drives will not be affected.

It’s also annoying to need to format a flash drive when you want to create a bootable USB from a disk image like an ISO. pISO solves this problem as well. Just create a folder called ‘ISOS’ on one of your virtual flash drives and copy over disk images. Then, you can select one of those images and pISO will create virtual USB CD drive. To your computer, it will look like you’ve just inserted a CD with the image burned to it.  pISO comes with screws and nuts needed to connect it to a Raspberry Pi Zero. Just screw it on and your ready to go! No soldering is required.

As of April 4th, this project has raised $18,000 of their $6,000 goal. This project has 9 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $27, you will get one pISO device.  For a pledge of $50, you will get two pISO devices.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/178023282/piso-the-most-versatile-flash-drive-yet

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