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Portable hard drive broken media

My portable hard drive fall on the on floor hard yesterday and stopped working, the hard light is flashing blue but my PC can't see it, i tried it with many machines, but the same , it is not working, ...
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Bootable hard drive to install Windows XP?

What to write onto hard drive, so that it will be bootable and it will be possible to install operating system (like Windwos XP) from it onto itself? I have old notebook with broken CD-ROM and which ...
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Create Bootable .iso with Windows 7 [duplicate]

I had a .iso with the installation to Windows 7. I unzipped it and stored the files in a folder on my computer. I use these files, copied onto a USB, to install Windows on my devices. However, now I ...
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Chromium OS Image Creator

I downloaded and unzipped the image for Vanilla for usb from hexxeh. I downloaded and installed the Image Creator for Mac. When I run the image creator and select the local image, i am requested to ...
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Samsung Laptop cannot read my bootable disc

I have a Samsung Series 5 laptop (NP530U4C). I want to format it and install Ubuntu 12 LTS. I can access the BIOS and set the hard disk priority but it does not detect my bootable disc on startup. How ...
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Run Windows from SATA to USB enclosure?

I have a SATA HDD with an integrated SSD that has Windows 8 installed, which I've put into a SATA to USB 3 enclosure. I'd like to run Windows from it, but it will not automatically boot from it after ...
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How to check if the pendrive controller is okay?

I've bought Mach Xtreme ES SLC 32GB (USB 3.0) pendrive, specifically for portable Ubuntu installation (a real one, as on HDD, not LiveUSB made by Unetbootin etc). The pendrive seems perfectly fine - ...
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After making bootable usb it is not recognized

I used some software (I forgot name...) to make bootable usb. In the middle of process it showed error and from than I cant use usb on only on this computer. I hear sound but nothing else is visible. ...
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Create USB Bootable windows sticked to backtrack

I have a Backtrack 5 R3 Bootable USB, and I would like to make it also Windows 7 bootable.. Then I can choose when my USB plugged on in a dual boot Backtrack or windows 7. Is it possible ? Then how ...
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Unable to boot OSX after upgrading to Mavericks, among other things

Last night I upgraded from Mountain Lion to Mavericks (mid 2009 macbook pro). Everything went smoothly during the upgrade, but it resulted in an extremely long and unstable boot process. If I was ...
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Recover Bootable USB disk data

I have a bootable USB disk. There is a program in the USB disk for controlling a micro-controller. Yesterday my friend did a big mistake. He connected the disk to his laptop, and after creating backup ...
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Boot from the CD/DVD

I'm having trouble to boot from a CD/DVD in my new computer with a Windows8 installed. I've changed the first boot device in BIOS with 'CD/DVD', but doesn't work. Every time I reboot, I don't see any ...
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How can I make a DVD bootable Windows 8? [duplicate]

I've bought a computer with Windows 8 pre-installed. I don't want Windows , so I intend to format and install Linux. But I don't have any Windows 8 CD/DVD that I'd like to keep . How can I make a ...
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Can I install Debian from only one DVD?

When I try to download Debian from the main site, I find 4 DVDs images of 4 GB. Is it possible to install Debian from only 1 DVD image?
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Make a bootable USB drive that can install both Windows XP and Ubuntu

I have ISO images for both Ubuntu and Windows XP. I want to host both of them on a USB drive so that I can install either without needing installation CDs (I don't have a CD drive). How can I do that? ...
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I want to copy the boot files from bootable ISO to another non bootable ISO

I have two ISO files (Windows 98SE), the first file is bootable ISO, and the second is non bootable ISO. -- What I want is (My question) -- Copy the boot files from first iso that is bootable ISO, ...
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How do I reset a bootable USB so that it no longer is bootable?

I made a bootable USB stick (Fedora) to install on a system. I'd like to reuse the stick, so I want to remove all traces of the functioning system; in particular I'm not sure how to reset the MBR ...
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Create a Linux (Knoppix) bootable USB (with multiple partitions) with Linux or Mac OS X

I want to create a Knoppix bootable USB flash drive. I've found instructions about how to do this, but I would like to do it fulfilling the following conditions: The USB I am planning to use has 8 ...
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Is there a bootable program to find out detailed hardware info? [closed]

I am wondering if there is a bootable program which can be run from a USB stick to get detailed hardware info of my PC?
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“Select driver to be installed” issue while installing Windows 7 from USB [duplicate]

The start of this question is copied from here. And stems from the first comment underneath. Just now while installing Windows 7 from a bootable USB which wasn't successfully because of some ...
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Which usb drive the system boots from in case multiple bootable usb drives are plugged in?

Just now while installing Windows 7 from a bootable USB which wasn't successfully because of some bizarre Select driver to be installed. issue, before the setup had even started, after which I thought ...
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Mount UFD to a VHD or an iso

Can I mount a live folder or a Removable USB drive as an iso or a VHD and present it to a Hyper-V VM to as a bootable device? Is there any way to boot a Hyper-V VM off a Removable bootable USB device ...
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Using an EFI partition to install an OS instead of bootable USB stick, is it possible?

I found myself with no spare DVDs and no USB stick when I wanted to install a new OS on my laptop, so I started thinking about the UEFI boot process that I recently had done some tinkering with. ...
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Windows 7 cannot boot to disk or usb

I have a Toshiba laptop that was a Windows 8 OEM. I recently reinstalled Windows 7 onto the laptop using the boot to disk option within the windows 8 recovery screen. I am now trying to dual boot ...
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Create bootable Windows 7 DVD [duplicate]

I have a complete version of Windows 7 on my hard drive and I want to re-install Win 7 on my laptop (after 3 years of constant use). I can't make my USB stick bootable, so I need to create a bootable ...
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Burning a used DVD-R

Ok, so here's my situation: Yesterday,i was making a windows bootable disk from a .iso file using nero. But accidently instead of copying the contents of the .iso file i added it to the disk.When the ...
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What defines the signature of a bootsector?

I've attempted to simplify the question, by getting at the gist of the problem: What exactly makes the "first sector" of a device the "bootsector?" Is the bootsector a logical sector, a physical ...
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Create a bootable hard disk drive containing multiple OS

I have a portable 1 TB hard disk drive. It contain various folders and it also contain the setup for windows 7 x86 and x64. I also plan to download Ubuntu and backtract later. I also have other files ...
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Write or burn a bootable cd/dvd from a virtual machine in Virtual Box?

I have a virtual machine (Ubuntu 11) running on VirtualBox and have some of my projects in it, I want to burn it on a cd/dvd so that when I insert the cd/dvd onto some other system I can boot and ...
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Creating a bootable CD with custom boot sector

I was interested in learning how to create an operating system from scratch, and I found this guide: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~exr/lectures/opsys/10_11/lectures/os-dev.pdf. At page 4 it is explained ...
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Cannot make MHDD bootable from pendrive using windows 7

I downloaded an MHDD iso file and tried to make my USB bootable of the same using power ISO.But the mission failed.Why its not able to make the pen drive bootable?
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Pen drive size reduced

I made my 8gb pen drive bootable to install Fedora.But after that when i plugged it back to my windows pc, its showing only 514 kb. What happened to the remaining size? I tried formatting the pen ...
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My USB Flash Drive is seen as a fixed disk. How can I add the “removable bit” to my drive to make it bootable?

I am using: Windows 8 Walgreens EasyStore 16gb USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Sandisk internals from my research) Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool The flash drive is seen as a fixed disk in Windows, which ...
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dd to create bootable linux usb, resulting filesystem unrecognozed?

I tried to create a bootable usb of kali linux using "dd if=kali.iso of=dev/sdb bs=512k" as per http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-live-usb-install but the resulting filesystem is ...
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Use multi ISO file in one Bootable CD/DVD [duplicate]

How can i have two or more ISO file that made for Boot (Bootable ISO), in One CD or DVD to boot ? I have two different anti-viruses (Live Rescue) and i want to use them in one CD or DVD and switch ...
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Best way to create a bootable Windows USB from Ubuntu [duplicate]

I am trying to create a bootable Windows installation USB from Ubuntu, and can't seem to find anything on doing this, even after googling it. I have tried "Startup Disk Creator" but I believe that is ...
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Will booting from a USB erase my current OS?

That is all I want to know. I have created a bootable USB stick with Ubuntu installed on it. Will it affect my Windows 7 at all?
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Create Backtrack 5 R3 USB Macbook Air 2012

I have tried to create a USB to start Backtrack 5 R3 on my Macbook Air 2012 without install it in the hard drive. I have tried different solution like: UNetbootin (created on both Windows and Mac ...
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creating a bootable USB from command line on linux

I have a CD that's created from an ISO file which I use to install a custom version of Ubuntu via plop linux. The cd works fine but I'd like to use a bootable USB drive instead. I used the command dd ...
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Booting Linux from USB - countdown repeating

I have a Windows computer that I am trying to convert to Linux. I have downloaded the .iso file from Linux Mint 14 and have used UNetbootin to convert my USB to a bootable drive. I choose to boot ...
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How to create an Ubuntu LiveUSB that will also boot on a Mac [duplicate]

I'm using a Mac computer and I'm trying to install Ubuntu on an external HDD. I have the iso file for installing the OS but after following these instructions from Ubuntu to create a bootable USB ...
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What are the differences bewteen using ISOs vs extracting distributions in multiboot LiveUSBs?

I've created a multiboot pendrive with a couple of Linux distributions by using the YUMI tool from pendrivelinux, and by default it extracts the content of the chosen operating system's ISO on a ...
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How can I create a bootable iso image from a bootable flash drive?

I have a bootable installer image of Win7x64 on a flash drive. How can I create a bootable iso of it to use with VMware Workstation et al? I have used Plop Boot Manager, but I'd really like to make ...
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How can I tell if my USB flash drive can be made bootable?

I'd like to try out Linux Mint before deciding whether or not to install it on my laptop. I've got an ISO image that I've dd'd onto a USB flash drive (sudo dd ...
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DVD Rom doesn't read bootable DVDs

I am using an ASUS K50l with a windows 7 home premium. My DVD Rom reads DVDs normally, a bit laggy but does its job. However when it comes to bootable disks it identifies them as blank DVDs. Is there ...
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booting windows 8 from external hard drive

How I can create bootable external hard drive? or:How To Create A USB Bootable Installer Drive For Windows 8 (some websites said that you must format your HDD with FAT32 but as you know 1TB cannot ...
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Formatted a Bootcamped drive as a dynamic disk, now can't boot to either Mac or Windows

I was trying to create an extra partition to get a file from the Windows side of my Macbook Air to the Mac side, and I accidentally made the disk dynamic without realizing it. I am now unable to boot ...
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How does the boot sector know what to load?

I am just getting started with bootable removable media (DVD, USB, etc) but I have no idea how to make my own. I've reading up on how to make bootable ISOs and this post describes a process by which ...
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Corrupt bootable USB flash drive created using Boot Camp Assistant

Ultimately, I'd like to have a USB flash drive with multiple partitions: two bootable partitions for the Windows 7 install disk and OS X recovery disk and a third data partition for storing assorted ...
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Normal USB Stick from Bootable USB

I have made my usb bootable but I don't know how to make it work as a normal pendrive? if there is any specific process exist for that so tell me....