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Create a bootable device manually, without ISO burn

I'm looking to create a bootable USB memory stick. However the USB stick has data that I can't afford to delete. If I were to burn an iso image on it the ordinary way, say with Ultraiso, the data will ...
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Does the host OS is lost while booting from a bootable USB?

I am running Windows 8.1 on my Sony Vaio laptop and want to run a Linux-based OS from a bootable USB. Can anyone tell me whether my Windows will be safe during and after the booting process or I'll ...
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Unable to Create Bootable USB from Windows Vista ISO

I have this old laptop hanging around and I have Dreamsparks from my university account. I decided to try Windows Vista on this old laptop which currently has XP installed. Currently I am unable to ...
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Windows Bootable USB with applications

Someone gave me a USB drive that is bootable into a Win 7 installation that also automatically installs antivirus and some other software. I can creat a bootable USB with an OS; I would like to know ...
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How do I burn an ISO on a USB drive on Mac OS X?

what's the best way to get an ISO "burned" to a USB stick on a Mac? Restoring using Disk Utility does not work. The ISO is ubuntu mini.iso. It is the minimalist install ISO for installing ubuntu. It ...
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How can I keep multiple live/bootable ISO images on a single USB drive?

I am looking to create a USB flash drive that I can put multiple live CD ISO images on and select which boots from startup. The ideal candidate supports Linux and Windows-based ISO images, and is ...
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USB drive stop working after making bootable

After making my USB drive bootable using WinToFlash, it has stopped working. My laptop now cannot detect the USB.
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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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How to boot from USB with an Asus P8Z77M motherboard

I have an ASUS P8Z77M. I have managed to boot from USB but only several times, out of easily 100 times trying, it's very random. I don't know how I managed to boot from USB. It should be easy but ...
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I Get a Black Screen when Trying to Boot from a USB

A while ago, I had a virus corrupt my OS. I found a Windows 7 boot USB, and tried booting from it. The logo appears, and then I get a black screen, the cursor doesn't blink if that makes a difference. ...
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Does there exist a native UEFI disk/partition manager?

UEFI has the infrastructure to support complex applications at boot-time. One of the most urgent needs of the hour is a UEFI application for GPT disk management. A lot of partition management cannot ...
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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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Reformat Debian Bootable USB Drive back to Regular Storage

I created a Debian Netinstall Bootable USB drive using a SanDisk Cruzer Edge. The USB stick booted fine but now I cannot reformat it back. Diskpart reads it as 0B used and 0B free, Disk Management ...
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Enable to install Linux Ultimate Edition (Ubuntu)

After I deleted Linux partition from Windows 7, I wanted to install a new version Linux Ultimate Edition 3.8 which is based on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail. So I made a bootable usb, but when I boot ...
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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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Unable to access “Boot Menu”on windows XP and MSI motherboard

I have windows XP SP2 & MSI motherboard, but i am unable to know how i can access the Boot Menu on windows start. Currently when i start my windows, i do not have the option to access the Boot ...
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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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Multiboot DVD with live-cds?

How can I create a multi bootable (with menu) cd/dvd that contains a number of live cds? Is there any "easy" way of doing this? Isolinux is the way to go I guess, but is there any tool available for ...
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Can I format a USB stick in Windows XP, in HFS+ format, and make the USB stick Mac OS X bootable?

My Intel Mac OS X computer is corrupt and I feel at this point that I need to perform a fresh install of the OS. It consistently and automatically logs out, right after I log in. I tried logging in ...
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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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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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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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What is the easiest way to make a bootable Ghost disk?

I need to make a bootable Norton Ghost disk (CD/DVD - this old PC won't boot from USB keys! And that is what I usually use.). What would be the quickest/easiest way?
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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....
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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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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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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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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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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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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 flash drive bootable with MULTIPLE Windows Installers

I have seen many ways to make a USB an installer for about any Windows OS. But how can I (using grub or something like that) make it bootable to all editions on Windows XP and 7? I have tried ...
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How do I boot my Samsung laptop from a CD/DVD?

I have a Samsung Series 3 laptop and want to boot from an Ubuntu Live CD. When I press F10 to pull up the BIOS/boot configuration, I don't get an option to boot from the CD. Similarly, in the BIOS, ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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How I do to modify the contents of a ISO file?

I want to open a ISO file, add files and then burn it to a disc. By example, I get the Windows98 SE boot disk. That ISO have 2.6mb, and if I burn the iso, I will lost the remainder 697mb of the disk! ...
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Create Bootable CD from ISO [closed]

I need to create a Bootable CD from a ISO. is there a free software available? I am using Windows 7
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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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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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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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Need help making a bootable portable USB hard drive. [Utility I need will only create bootable CDs or USB flash drives]

I've got a copy of Spotmau's Bootsuite 2012, which is an utterly fantastic tool. It has completely replaced Bart PE for me, and I relied on BPE for YEARS. Anyway, the issue I'm having is that the ...
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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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Boot disc Dual-Core CPU stress tool?

Looking for a tool that can test a dual-core cpu via a boot disc, thus bypassing Windows (and ensuring that only the hardware is being tested). UBCD4Win's included Prime95 is an older version and it ...