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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!
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How to create a boot CD

How to create a boot CD for a dual-booting system? Just consider I am having Windows and Ubuntu, GRUB is the boot loader. I just want to create a dual-boot CD for the same operation.
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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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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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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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booting files in a usb

I need to boot my USB which contains a utility program I have written. How can I make my USB bootable?
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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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Installing Windows XP x86 from a non-bootable disc

I have a genuine Windows XP x86 SP3 downloaded from MS Website (Partners) but this CD is not bootable when trying to fresh-install it. The autorun works fine when I put it in my DVD reader but can't ...
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No FORMAT command in DISKPART

I'm trying to get a bootable external USB drive, from which to install Server 2008 R2, but all the online help I find includes a FORMAT comment in the DISKPART session. My diskpart displays a list of ...
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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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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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Create a bootable Ghost CD from a HDD

I have a little issue and it may be quite simple to fix. I need to Ghost some computers (locally) and now, it seems to be really hard to have several computers to boot from floppy. Sometimes the ...
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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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How to create a Linux USB stick that boots on Mac?

If I try to create a bootable USB stick by using dd to copy an ISO file to it, it usually works on PC but it won't appear in the boot menu of my Macbook. Is there an easy way to generate a bootable ...
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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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Are flash drives always bootable?

I have this 8 gb toshiba flash drive and my motherboard also allows booting from removable devices. But I don't know, I've already tried to make the flash drive bootable and set in the bios to boot ...
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Prepare bootable Mac OS install usb on Windows

Is there any software out there that can simulate Disk Utility (Mac app) for Windows? I need to reinstall leopard on my Mac because I screwed something up on the current OS. The thing is, the DVD ...
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Making a bootable pendrive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I place a bootable ISO on a USB drive? How can put image (iso) and flat binary on pendrive to make it bootable ? For example I am writing short system in ...
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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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create iso from windows xp 64 setup files

hi i have the following windows xp 64 bit files(starting with uppercase letter are folders): Amd64, Docs,I386,Support,autorun,readme,setup,... how can i create the iso from these files? it keeps ...