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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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Maintaining Bootability of volumes in Mac OS X Lion

What makes a volume bootable in Mac OS X? I have backed up all the files on my bootable volume and I want to restore it back with bootability. All the files required for booting is present in my new ...
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Creating bootable USB drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I place a bootable ISO on a USB drive? I'm wanting to install another OS on my network with no CD drive and wondering how to create a bootable ISO on a USB drive. ...
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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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Bootable OS + data on USB?

Can I make an bootable USB with a live OS while still keeping other data functional on my USB? I want to make an USB bootable Slax OS (Linux), but to be able to access other data while running the OS ...
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Custom live Linux distro

How can I make a bootable CD / DVD / USB (read only) after setting my non-broadcasted SID and installing specific applications (Closed source FLASH if needed)? But still act like a Live CD (have all ...
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Is there a utility to create a multi-Windows bootable USB stick?

After reading this article on the SuperUser blog I set out to create a (primarily) Windows boot/install USB, with hopefully a few utilities on it as well (see my answer here for examples). I've ...
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How can I determine if a CD is marked as bootable?

I am trying to install Windows XP on a old laptop (Compaq Presario 700) with a stored verion of XP that I burned to an ISO. The copy of XP is legitimate but it won't boot to it. I am able to boot to ...
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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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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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Bootable repair tool for Windows, created on OSX/Linux

My friend has an unbootable Windows laptop, most likely a software issue, but in any case I need to run chkdsk and maybe some other diagnostic stuff or otherwise get access to the files. Safe mode ...
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How to access HD contents with Ubuntu Bootable USB

I've got a 16 GB USB with 4 GB persistent memory running 10.04.3 Ubuntu on my T60 Thinkpad. (The Thinkpad is running WinXP if it makes any difference) The problem I'm running into is that I can't see ...
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How to make a USB flash drive bootable like a CD made from an ISO

Apparently my installation of syslinux was incorrect and liveusb-creator installs it somewhat correctly. Now I am getting the error "chain.c32: not a COM32R image".How do I make a USB flash drive ...
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Create Multi-Bootable USB disk for installation Win Xp, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008

Hi I need install Windows Xp, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003 from one USB flash stick. I google it and I found some tools such as WinSetupFromUSB but I would like have all type windows on one usb ...
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Create a bootable CD that can can load USB drivers

I have an older laptop doesn't allow boot to USB. It has a CD drive instead of DVD player. How do I create a bootable CD that can then load USB so I can install Windows from my thumb drive?
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Creating Bootable CD from a Folder on Mac OS X

How do I create a bootable CD from a folder on Mac OS X. I have a set of OS files and I need to burn it on to a CD so that I can Install during boot.
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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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Multi Boot USB Stick [duplicate]

I have several Boot CD's/DVD's where I'm able to make a bootable USB-stick and put into it. But I can do this separately only. Is it possible to merge several bootable CD's/DVD's into a single ...
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Boot from Blu-Ray

I'm currently downloading Windows 8 Developer Preview with developer tools which is unfortunately too large for a normal DVD. Since I don't have oversized DVD's nor an USB stick with enogh capacity ...
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How to see if USB stick has MBR?

I have a USB stick supposed to be bootable, but the computer does not boot it. I suspect that there is no MBR (Master Boot Record). How do I test if this is so, preferably from command line in ...
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Copy bootable linux compact flash to SD card

I have a bootable Linux compact flash card and want to copy it to an SD card. What would be the easiest way to do this?
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Partition Bootable Flash Drive

I created a bootable flash drive with Chromium OS installed on it. However, Chromium OS only needs about 4GB of space, and my flash drive is 8GB. I wanted to make the rest of the 4GB a FAT32 ...
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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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How to make a bootable XP USB Disk with additional software?

I know how to make a USB disk bootable but I want to know that how can I add additional software's like Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, Notepad++, etc. with the installation of Windows setup?
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Windows 7 boot from downloaded .iso

Downloaded Windows 7 .iso off the net and want to install from USB key on old laptop (previously/still running XP) that has no CD/DVD drive. Here's what I've got so far: Read the instructions in ...
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Creating a Windows 7 bootable flash drive from a Windows XP machine? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7 boot from downloaded .iso I have a Windows 7 CD that I copied the contents to my Flash drive, unfortunately it doesn't boot up. I tried looking up various ...
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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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nLite Windows XP Bootable USB Drive

I've found a number of tools for writing a Windows XP install to a bootable USB drive, but they all remove the customization from nLite. The target computer lacks a CD drive (it's technically an IO ...
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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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Can I create a bootable recovery partition on my hard disk having XP/Windows 7using freeware?

I have windows XP and windows 7. I want to create a recovery partition with a custom back up image on my hard disk. I know that Acronis can be used to create one but I want to do it using freeware. ...
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Boot from multiple USB drives

I want to setup a bootable USB drive for Windows7. As I read from tutorials everywhere, I need at least a 4GB drive to store the setup files. The problem is I don't have a single 4GB drive. I have two ...
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HP Usb storage Format tool : Error

I have a 2 GB Kingston Usb drive. This is working fine- I am able to format and access from 'My computer' I am trying to format this drive using HP USB Storage format tool to load a bootable image ...
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How can I create a bootable CD-ROM/USB Drive? (With NTFS + USB Drive support)

My motherboard got fried and I was forced to get a new hardware set (MB+CPU+RAM) so in most likelyhood I'll need to reinstall my Windows 7. I usually follow procedure and put the OS on the primary ...
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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 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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How to create bootable ISO image? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Create Bootable CD from ISO I have a Windows XP ISO image, I extracted the ISO image and access the Windows setup manager wizard to configure an unattended setup answer ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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!