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How to install Windows 7 on a Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A laptop / notebook [closed]

(Question + answer since it took me 12 hours to find a solution) I had big trouble installing Windows 7 (Professional or Enterprise) on a Samsung NP900X3A, without using the recovery media DVD or ...
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Making a Linux live CD bootable from Compact Flash (CF)?

Making a live CD using tools such as livecd-creator seems like a good solution to create a bootable read-only image to install on Compact Flash. My goal is to prevent failure due to write cycle ...
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Software for system backup, with differential backups and bootable restorations

Reminder: I do understand that we have tens and perhaps over a hundred of questions associated with the backup and community faqs are being written for that but I am asking a different question. If ...
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How To Backup System To External Source And Then Use Boot From It?

I know Windows 7 has built-in backup facility and i also am familiar with 2BrightSparks' SyncBackSE utility. I have questions about backing up sensitive information to external source and booting ...
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Create boot media (CD-Rom or USB) to boot to a completely white screen

I am going to take my laptop for repair because of screen issues. When the screen is displaying a fair color, I see some light dots appear. Because of sensitive data, I am not including my harddrive. ...
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Install XP (non bootable CD) from within Windows 7

I'm in need of some help. I'm currently running on Windows 7 ultimate x64. I need to intstall a fresh copy of XP on my machine (dual boot) but I have a non bootable CD of XP. Is there any way to ...
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Is it possible to have a bootable Ubuntu partition that you can also access via a VM (ala Windows/Boot Camp/VMware or Parallels on Mac)?

I'm hoping to do something similar to the way you can install Windows on a Mac's 'Boot Camp' partition, but then you can also open that partition as a Virtual Machine using Parallels or VMware from ...
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Boot from USB stick, with old bios (no usb-boot option)?

Are there any ways to boot from USB stick on old PCs, whose BIOS doesn't have any USB-boot option? do you know of any workarounds ? ps: the BIOS is up-to-date.
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How to view computer hard disk contents when booting Ubuntu from USB?

I think my laptop's HD has crashed. When I turn it on, it makes a "click-click" sound before giving a "Operating system not found" black screen (whilst booting into Windows 7). So I have booted up the ...
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Bootable Low Level Format Tool

I am looking for a bootable low level format tool, specifically for an old maxtor HDD (ATA). I remember that long time ago I repaired a disk with such a tool, but now, googling i only find Windows ...
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Windows 7 - making Bootable DVD

i have downloaded an ISO file that is around 3.36 GB in size. I am running Windows 7 so i used built in burn option to burn the ISO. Now i restarted my system and changed the boot options and selected ...
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Restoring Ubuntu image to a partition on a external drive

My goal here is to install a bootable version of ubuntu onto a partition on my old ipod photo. Here is what i have done: I have been using disk utility to do all of this * 1) Enables disk mode ...
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Making bootable USB flash drive from ISO image in Ubuntu

I need to 'burn' an iso of a bootable dvd (not ubuntu dvd) image onto my USB flash drive. How can I do it in Ubuntu. In windows I was using MKBT tool. I am looking for something like UNetbootin that ...
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HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool format error

I am using Windows 7, and trying to create a DOS bootable disk. Ideally, I would like to be able to install a bootable version of Spinrite on it per these instructions - Running Spinrite from USB ...
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Dell Inspiron 1720 Ubuntu 10, no bootable device error

Hello I have a dell inspiron 1720 and I have the following message when i turn on the computer: No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility Press F5 to run onboard ...
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How to create a Windows 7 installation usb media from linux ? (to install Windows 7) - Help need to know better method

I have been reading some web pages and posts here and in other forums about how to create a Windows 7 installation Usb media (to install windows 7 using a usb) from linux. I asked in technet about ...
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Can't install Ubuntu or Fedora from USB flash drive

My previous problem was describe here: Can't boot OS from USB drive, showing black screen with blinking cursor and there are informations about my laptop. Please look there and then read rest here. I ...
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How to burn a DVD of Windows 7 with a dump on hard disk

Hello I had my Windows 7 DVD with me, and I had earlier copied all the files from it and dumped them into a folder on my computer's hard disk. Now I want to burn a bootable DVD from this dump, how can ...
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How can I make a bootable backup of Windows 7?

How can you make a bootable backup of the C: drive (bootable, or in safemode windows)? I've got a problem with Windows and I can not boot Windows in normal mode!
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Is it possible to put only the boot partition on a USB stick?

I've been looking at system encryption with ArchLinux and i think I have it pretty much figured out but I have a question about the /boot partition. Once the system is booted up is it possible to ...
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HDD from Mid-2009 MacBook Pro works OUTSIDE laptop, but not INSIDE

Leading up to the problem: I was working late one night on a Keynote presentation. My battery ran out, and the computer did that hibernation thing it does when there's no battery power. I got my ...
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What makes bootable media bootable?

Out of curiosity, what makes media bootable? Links to explanations would be appreciated.
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Can't boot into Ubuntu from CD, or from Acronis True Image recovery disk

I can boot my computer off a home-burned-from-ISO-image Windows 7 (x64 or x86) installation CD, without problems. It's a Quad 6600, 4GB RAM, 8800GT and most of the time runs Win7 with no problems. ...
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What driver should I say to Debian that my Mac Mini needs?

I can't get the Debian netinst boot disk (AMD 64, v5.7.0-7) to recognise either of the SATA disks in my Mac Mini Server. I had thought that the ATA-PIIX driver was the correct choice, but after ...
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Is it possible to boot DOS from USB?

I've got a pc running CentOS, it has no CD or floppy drive. It has an Intel board and I need to upgrade the BIOS because the current version doesn't support CPU vt (however CPU got it) for KVM. I ...
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Having trouble booting my laptop from a Windows 7 USB key

I used unetbootin to install a Windows 7 ISO onto my USB key. I've then plugged it into my EEE PC 1000H and tried to boot up. I boot up, hit the Esc key to get the boot menu, select USB drive and it ...
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How install Ubuntu to notebook without [bootable cd-rom,usb,( Smart Boot Manager), or pxe] using floppy?

Welcome, I would like use my old notebook as ssh client. I was trying to install Ubuntu but BIOS don't have boot option from CD, because drive is build in docking station. I have network card ...
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Can't boot from Linux CD

Recently, I got a new hard drive and decided to install Ubuntu on it. Unfortunately, I can't seem to properly boot from the Ubuntu 64-bit CD. What happens is the CD gets loaded, I get the initial ...
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Eee PC won't boot from USB

I have an Asus Eee PC 901. I want to install Win7 on it and at the same time, re-partition it into one large drive (it's currently complaining about HDD space issues). I've downloaded a Win7 ISO and ...
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Linux livecd antivirus that doesn't need internet connection

I'm looking for a bootable (livecd) cd that will perform an antivirus scan on a computer without needing an internet connection. It should have its latest virus signatures included so I can simply ...
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How do I create a bootable USB Flash PcRepair Kit?

I do PC repair on the side and am looking to use a bootable flash drive as a PcRepair Kit. I'm also looking for anit-virus, anti-malware, Data-Recovery, Hardware testing. It would be great if it was ...
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How do I get my Windows CD from Lenovo extra hard drive partition?

Back in 2007 when I purchased my Lenovo T61 Thinkpad I was told by the support representative that my cd was actually a partition on my hard drive and that if I wanted the cd, I'd have to burn a cd ...
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Bootable XP CD from iso.img file

I've got a downloaded version of windows XP as an iso.img file. How do i turn this into a disk i can boot from? Edit - I've downloaded this from MSDN site. It's a .img file and I'm trying to ...
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Can you boot from any external HDD?

I am going on vacation and I am taking my corporate Win7 laptop along. To keep personal and private data separate, I'd like to have two OS installs, but I don't want to dual-boot from the laptop HDD. ...
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How to save settings on bootable USB drive?

I have a bootable USB drive w/Ubuntu 10.04. I use it to learn Ubuntu and to diagnose, repair, or recover other people's computers and files. The problem comes when I constantly have to keep ...
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transfer bootable windows 7 to smaller hard disk

I want to transfer my Windows Vista install from a 70GB partition to a new smaller but faster 40GB hard-drive. If it were the other way around (small->big) I'd just plug them both into my Ubuntu ...
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Reusing a USB Boot Drive - Format back to factory state?

I am trying to reuse a USB boot drive (Mac) for regular file storage on Windows ... when Windows detects it, it won't let me reformat to anything greater than a 40 MB or so - and this is an 8 GB ...
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Creating a bootable DVD

I made a Windows XP ghost image of about 4.2 GB size. I now want to write this image onto a DVD and make it bootable, so that I can apply the image any time OS is corrupted. How do I do this?
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Installing Win 7 without a DVD drive

I've got the same end goal as this like named question but a different starting point. I have a Win7 Ultimate DVD (not an ISO), one XP box with a DVD drive and less than 4GB of free disk, an XP ...
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Which USB flash drives work well with Live USB? [closed]

Please do not answer unless you habitually use Live USB.(booting an operating sytem from USB) I have been booting Ubuntu 10 Notebook edition with a 2GigaByte Kingston flash drive. I used the USB ...
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How to write/make bootable Dvd? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Create Bootable CD from ISO How to make bootable Dvd?? I have copied files of my Windows DVD in my Pc and DVD is not working now I just write its DVD but its not ...
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How to make a Windows 7 USB disk using only Unix commands?

I think I can use newfs_msdos to format it. and dd to copy the contents of the iso to the usb. I can't get it to boot. I've tried to do it before but it didn't work. Has anyone successfully done this? ...
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PC only boots from Linux-based media and won't boot from DOS-based media

I have this problem where the PC only seems to boot from a floppy disk or CD if it was created as a Linux-based bootable media. If it was created as a DOS-based bootable media the system just freezes ...
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What's a good setup CD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Multi-purpose bootable CD Can you recommend good (and not just any) free downloadable recovery CD What's a good bootable setup CD with a bunch of tools like ...
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How do I make a bootable USB flash drive that can run memtest?

It seems that the canonical instructions for making a bootable USB flash drive that runs memtest are at: http://forum.canardpc.com/showthread.php?t=28875 However, after following them to a T, I boot ...
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Want to install OS from USB instead of CD : How to deal with *.img image files?

I'm on windows. I'm trying DragonflyBSD operating system. as you can see here: http://www.dragonflybsd.org/download/ there are two kinds of images CD (.iso) and USB (.img) files available for ...
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Create a CDROM Bootdisk to update BIOS

So, I have a Tyan Opteron board with a very old BIOS version. I realize Opteron's aren't exactly common like Athlons, Phenoms, Intel CPUs, etc. but my question revolves around updating the BIOS, ...
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Working bootable CD now suddenly freezes at starting point

I have a strange problem with a bootable CD I created that uses floppy disk 1.44MB emulation. The PC originally worked with it just fine and booted from the CD several times from the prior occasions I ...
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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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howto move existing linux installation to usb-flash and make it bootable?

Is there any possibility to move my already installed ubuntu linux to the usb flash and make it bootable. So that it would boot on the other machine? P.S. I have an installed ubuntu karmic linux ...