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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....
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Run Startup Disk Creator as Root

I am having issues with permissions while trying to create a startup disk using Startup Disk Creator. I was able to accomplish this task by using UNetBootin but the disk it creates is failing to boot. ...
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How to make Windows XP USB flash install media under Linux? [duplicate]

I have: ISO image of Windows XP install media 4 GB USB flash drive no CD/DVD drive Linux (Linux Mint 14) installed Note: WinToFlash is for Windows OS. UNetBootIn doesn't work unless you've ...
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Way to write a bootable CD to a partition?

Arch-Linux comes with the best recovery CD I have ever come across. Although I don't always have it with me, so I want to have it on a partition. What I would like to do is have this CD on a ...
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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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Is there a place to download the Windows 8 System Builder ISO?

I'm looking to install Windows 8 on a new desktop I've built which lacks an optical drive. Microsoft seems to offer a downloadable upgrade at their store, but (supposedly?) that can't be used to ...
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Creating a Norton Bootable Recovery Tool from within Norton Internet Security (2013)?

I have heard rumours that I can create a Norton Bootable Recovery Tool straight from within my Norton Internet Security 2013 interface/settings. Does anyone have experience in creating this & ...
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Create bootable partition from image

I have a Macbook Pro with a dead CD drive. I don't have easy access to a replacement drive. I'm trying to install Ubuntu, and I can't get the MBP to recognize a USB stick as a bootable media (I ...
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Where can i find a bootable ssd diagnostics tool?

I have a laptop, which has a Micron 128GB SSD. I have a feeling that it is defective, but I don't know for sure. I need a bootable SSD diagnostics tool to verify this. Where can I find a bootable SSD ...
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How to export and make a virtual box .vdi bootable

I have recently been working on a modified version of Windows 7 in virtual box and am now happy enough with it that I want to try it on an actual machine however I can seem to figure out how to export ...
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How to tell which physical disks have bootable MBR?

The computer I am using right now has 6 physical disks attached. Using the BIOS's "select boot device" functionality I have discovered that I can boot off 3 of these disks into the exact same ...
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How do I make a bootable USB that deletes files?

I would like help on making a boot-able USB that would delete a .exe file in the D partition (Windows). How can I make this possible? I have searched all over Google and still I found nothing.
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Multiple Bootable Images on Flash Drive UEFI mode

I am aware that there exists tools that can change the mbr of the drive so that it can boot up multiple operating systems such as the Windows XP installer, Windows 7 installer, Windows PE-based live ...
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Windows 7 on bootable flash

I have two quick questions, I used the Windows USB tool to put ISO on my flash drive, but it made me delete everything first. Do you know why this is? Also, once I have Windows on there, is it okay ...
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iMac will not boot from WININSTALL USB, but MBP will?

I have a MacBook Pro, and I was able to "burn" my Windows 7 ISO onto a USB stick, boot from it, and install it onto a Boot Camp partition. Now I'm trying to install Windows 7 on my friend's iMac, but ...
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How to access Windows Registry from actual real MS-DOS

How to access Windows Registry from DOS? I need to access registry from DOS, while I boot from DOS bootable disk. I've searched all the internet, and found only Offline NT Password and Registry ...
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How to create bootable DOS USB stick which sees NTFS drives?

How to create bootable DOS USB stick which sees NTFS drives ? I've found ntfs4dos.exe by Mark Russinovich, but I don't know how to use it with dos. Also I've found many ways to create DOS bootable ...
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Does there exist a bootable Raspian Image that forgoes the need for monitor, keyboard and mouse?

I'm looking for an SD Card or thumb drive image that I can plug into a brand new raspberry pi which will "just work", meaning I plug SD card or Thumb drive in I plug ethernet cable in I turn ...
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Using Windows 8 with Bootcamp?

I am trying to install Windows 8 using Bootcamp on an Apple machine. I need a bootable CD. Does the bootable CD have to be the size of the ISO image or can it be smaller (since it only contains the ...
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Making a bootable USB for Solaris

Is it possible to create a bootable USB of Oracle Solaris 11? I don't want to install Solaris on an Oracle VM Virtual Box.
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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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Installing Windows 8 from USB Stick on VirtualBox [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to boot from a flash drive OS using VirtualBox? so I've got a bootable USB stick with windows 8 on it, and I need to install it as the guest OS on VirtualBox. ...