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How do I place a bootable ISO on a USB drive?

What's the best way of placing a bootable ISO on a USB drive? ISOs such as a live Linux preview disk, Windows installation ISO, etc.
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How can I keep multiple live/bootable ISO images on a single USB drive?

I am looking to create a USB flash drive that I can put multiple live CD ISO images on and select which boots from startup. The ideal candidate supports Linux and Windows-based ISO images, and is ...
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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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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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How to make an image of a bootable dvd

How can you create an image of a dvd that is bootable? And by that I mean create an image which will let you burn a new dvd which is also bootable. What application should you use? And what actually ...
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How to create a bootable USB Windows OS using Mac OS X

I'm having a trouble here because of my PC got infected today and I've tried everything to get it back to normal, but the only option left for me now is to do a clean install. Now, what happen is ...
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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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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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How to “burn” ISO/img/cue+bin to USB drive?

I don't get it. Why is it so complicated to create a bootable usb from a disc image? Disc images have boot sectors, so why can't you just write the raw LBA values from an image directly to a USB and ...
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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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How I do to modify the contents of a ISO file?

I want to open a ISO file, add files and then burn it to a disc. By example, I get the Windows98 SE boot disk. That ISO have 2.6mb, and if I burn the iso, I will lost the remainder 697mb of the disk! ...
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How do I burn an ISO on a USB drive on Mac OS X?

what's the best way to get an ISO "burned" to a USB stick on a Mac? Restoring using Disk Utility does not work. The ISO is ubuntu mini.iso. It is the minimalist install ISO for installing ubuntu. It ...
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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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What Linux fits on a floppy disk?

Which Linux distributions fit on a 1.44 MB bootable floppy disk? Where can the .img image files be downloaded?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I check whether an ISO image is bootable?

Is there any software available to check whether an ISO Image is bootable, without writing it in to a DVD or running it on virtual machine?
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Multiboot DVD with live-cds?

How can I create a multi bootable (with menu) cd/dvd that contains a number of live cds? Is there any "easy" way of doing this? Isolinux is the way to go I guess, but is there any tool available for ...
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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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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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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 ...
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USB bootable of Chromium OS

Anyone has a USB bootable of Chromium OS? When do you think it would be released? Does anyone have a review about it already?
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Can't boot a 64bit Windows USB from a tablet originally installed with 32-bit OS

I have an Acer Iconia W4-820 Tablet which has an Intel Atom Z3740 64-bit CPU, but the Windows version installed on it is 32-bit. I'm trying to install 64 bit Windows on it by making a bootable USB ...
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“Select driver to be installed” issue while installing Windows 7 from USB [duplicate]

The start of this question is copied from here. And stems from the first comment underneath. Just now while installing Windows 7 from a bootable USB which wasn't successfully because of some ...
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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 do I reset BIOS to user factory setting

I have a motherboard ECS H61H2-M2 1.0 bios One day I noticed that aero doesn't show up unless I disable the sound. I guess it just need a better driver. So I search for google and find a driver. ...
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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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Is it possible to build a bootable CD Extra (i.e. 1 audio track & 1 bootable data track)?

More precisely, I was wondering if the standards for "CD Extra" and the El-Torito extension to ISO9660 are compatible and allow to create an enhanced CD with one audio track (readable on a CD player) ...
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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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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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PC does start but cannot boot from USB/CD

Today I got the problem that the password on one of my PCs doesn't work anymore. I know it's the correct one but the system doesn't accept it. So I thought I'll restore a backup. Now I have to boot ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...