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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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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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Using an iPhone as a bootable USB drive?

How do I use my iPhone as a bootable USB drive? I tried this one but I cannot find my disk after putting LIST DISK. What should I do? I hope someone would be glad to help me sort out this problem ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the nuisances of creating a bootable Windows 7 USB drive from linux with ms-sys or dd?

I have been reading some web pages and posts (here and in other forums) about how to create a Windows 7 installation USB media from linux (to install Windows 7) I asked in TechNet about this, and I ...
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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 ...