A live CD is a CD or DVD containing a bootable, instantly usable copy of an operating system. They are popular for installing Linux distributions and useful for accessing data on systems that don't boot properly.

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Creating a custom LiveCD

I am trying to build a custom live cd from a Fedora 14 or CentOS 6 install. I have tried the process found on the Fedora Wiki. It's basically using the livecd-tools program and then using some kick ...
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Booting Linux live CD from USB?

I'm using the Ultimate Boot CD, and I've added a bunch of customized .iso's to it. I can boot into those .iso files fine, but most of them are mini-versions of Linux that are designed to run off of a ...
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Is it safe to run a LiveCD if the host operating system is infected?

If the host operating system is Windows 7 and we suspect it being infected is it safe to run a LiveCD? Is it possible for the session in which the LiveCD runs to be come infected i.e. by trojans, ...
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What needs to be configured on a LiveCD if the device will be used for banking, e-commerce, etc?

Not knowing whether the underlying operating system (Windows 7) is infected or not, is it safe to use LiveCDs to shop, bank, etc online without having to configure the firewall (e.g. iptables), ...
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Replacing notebook SATA hard disk with SSD without reinstalling

So there's a notebook (Lenovo Thinkpad Z61m) with a SATA hard disk, the SATA controller is configured for native AHCI operation & the OS is Windows XP. The hard disk is going to be replaced with ...
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Where do I find the Outlook 2007 Data Files?

I'm repairing a computer for a friend, the computer won't boot into Windows (Vista) and I've tried all of the usual stuff (BIOS settings, repair console etc) so I'm in with a Ubuntu Live CD backing ...
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LiveCDs occasionally get corrupted filesystems

I made some modifications to a custom Ubuntu9.04 LiveCD (unsquash, re-squash, chroot, etc). It seems to work fine, but I noticed the other day things went really bad when a client was booted into it ...
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How much disk space do I need for running an Ubuntu Live CD?

Do you know how much free disk space I need to run an Ubuntu Live CD?
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Does `dd` on a device skip anything?

I wanted to achieve a system disk backup with an Ubuntu live CD. I used the following command: dd if=/dev/sda conv=sync,noerror bs=64K | gzip -c > /media/external/image.gz This seemed to work. ...
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Xbox - How would I boot from a Linux livecd? [closed]

Is there a secret button combination like a PC's F2 or Delete that forces an Xbox to boot from a CD?
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Need a software backup solution with specific features

I'm going to be formatting my machine in the next couple of days. I finally got Windows 7 set up how I like it and decided on a suite of software that I will be installing after each format. Since I ...
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Is running the live CD of an OS a good indicator of future problems?

I've been thinking of changing operating systems for a while (mostly because of Fedora's requirement to upgrade frequently). I think I've settled on CentOS (because of the infrequent upgrades and my ...
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FreeBSD 8.1 on MacBook 5,2

I've been trying to dual-boot FreeBSD 8.1 with Mac OS X on my MacBook (5,2), but am having trouble trying to get the live cd to boot. I reach the FreeBSD Boot Loader Screen with the options for boot, ...
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System Rescue CD on multiboot usb not working

I have a multiboot usb with System Rescue CD and GRUB2 on it. When I try to boot it, it tries to find systemrescuecd/sysrcd.dat, attempts to mount /dev/sr0 and all the partitions on /dev/sda before ...
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remastering knoppix: which version and what method should i use

I'd like to remaster knoppix (mainly add and configure some software). I downloaded newest version (KNOPPIX-ADRIANE_V6.2CD-2009-11-18-EN.iso) but later i read that it has some other window manager as ...
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How to recover files from a re-formatted Windows 7 computer without Administer permissions?

My company re-formatted my work computer after I asked them to fix a bug in one of their programs. However, they did not warn me of the re-format, so in the process I lost some important documents. ...
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Does a Linux LiveCD expose you to the same viruses, malware, etc that are already present on the computer?

If I were to run a Linux LiveCD regardless of the underlying operating system I am running, am I subject to the same problems I can run into when using the installed operating system? What are the ...
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CentOS live CD of current installation

I'm trying to create a live CD of my current CentOS installation. I want it to be almost like a backup, so whenever I want to copy my current installation to another computer I would simply install ...
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Having trouble booting with LiveCD

I re-installed my Windows OS today and wanted to install Linux Mint as a dual boot. Before the reinstall, I used the LiveCD Gparted to expand my C: from 25 to 30 GB. All went smoothly. After the ...
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XBMC won't live boot

I'm trying to run XBMC on a Dell Dimension 4300S (stock parts). I cannot get it to finish a live boot. It gets stuck on "restarting openbsd secure shell server sshd" [see picture]. Any ideas?
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How to roll-your-own live CD for safe home browsing

I'm interested in booting-off-flash (i.e. like livecd) for more secure online banking at home. I like System Rescue CD, but AFAIK it doesn't have the wifi drivers. (These are convenient) Ubuntu ...
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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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Get last successful boot time from a Windows hard drive

I work for a company that has installers go into people's homes and set up their internet connection. In the past 2 weeks we have had a customer say that we broke their computer. Our installers aren't ...
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incognito livecd (gentoo based) won't recognize my hard drive?

How do i mount my hd? I looked into /etc/fstab and there's only firmware and portage there so i guess mounting won't work, i need to add my hd to fstab first?
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How to add big file to linux livecd

I have a linux live-cd linux.iso(600Mb), two files foo.sh(1Kb) and foo.img(1.3 Gb). How to add files to live-cd and create live-dvd?
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What Live CD would you recommend to restore photos from a formatted HDD?

My hard drive was formatted. Do you know any Live CD that could help with restoring photos from it?
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Weird video problem with Linux variants

I decided recently I wanted to give Linux a go so I first download a Ubuntu boot CD. The boot menu came up fine, and then a glowing Ubuntu logo was in the middle of the screen for a while. Then the ...
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Making fdisk see software RAID 0

I am following http://grub.enbug.org/Grub2LiveCdInstallGuide and I am using software RAID 0. I am using Ubuntu 10.10 LiveCD and is trying to restore grub2 after installing Windows 7 in another ...
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How to transfer documents to a new windows installation on an existing disk. Need a boot disk or Live CD?

I've just bought the components for a new PC (Win7-64) but I want to reuse the disk from an existing one (Win7-32). I want to move aside all the existing contents, install the new OS and then move ...
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gparted won't boot from liveCD

Fedora 12 2.6.32.9-70.fc12.i686 I downloaded the gparted iso and burnt it to a CD. gparted-live-0.5.2-1 This GParted Live was created by: create-gparted-live -l en -b u -e e -d sid -m ...
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LiveCD Grub Parameters (isolinux)

I have to use pci=nocrs with my hardware to get my USB ports to work. But because I have to use an external USB DVD drive, I have difficulty booting without passing that parameter. I am able to edit ...
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Can you make Linux (Ubuntu) main hard disk read only? (live CD hard drive)

I have a Ubuntu system that has installed various program and custom stuff. I would like to make it read-only so that against power interruption and other non-privileged user to damage it. I think ...
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Looking for a easy to use Live CD to wipe a hard drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Erasing data before selling a computer A remote family member has a computer that is going in for service, but she wants to make sure the hard drive is securely wiped. ...
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g++ in Knoppix 6 LiveCD

To avoid the inevitable, let me put this in context. I am instructing an Intro to Unix course this semester and the students are using Knoppix 6.4.3 off the LiveCD. They are not required to install ...
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OpenVMS packaged on a thumb drive?

I am looking for OpenVMS distribution on a thumb drive for a PC. I image it would be a Linux system that automagicly starts a VAX simulator then boots OpenVMS on that. Either it would run live off of ...
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How do you enable RAID in the Jaunty Live CD (in order to change partitions)?

I need to increase the size of my Karmic Koala partition, but I believe I can't do that from within the system itself. The CD I have is from Jaunty, which does not support RAID out of the box. How do ...
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Help remembering name of boot CD (maybe it wasn't a live CD)

I am struggling to remember the name of a boot CD I have since lost the disc for. It was great for cloning discs, and resetting passwords. It's NOT the UBCD4Win, and it defos wasn't Knoppix. I have ...
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Unix/BSD/Linux distro livecd without a desktop

Unix/BSD/Linux distro LiveCD without a desktop. Are there any pre-spun distros out there of something unix-ish that doesn't have a desktop? Or maybe just a tabbed/tiling window manager. A plus would ...
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How to create custom Live CD with upgraded linux-image kernel?

I'm following this tutorial to customize a Live CD, http://www.debuntu.org/how-to-customize-your-ubuntu-live-cd I have prepared the rootfs in a new created ext4 partition, after remove/install ...
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Live tools for hard disk check, repair and reformat

In the old days, I had a floppy with CHCKDSK and other tools for checking hard disk failures, repairing them and, if necessary, reformating them. I recently tried to reinstall XP on an old computer, ...
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How to get Grub2 to dual boot Windows 2000 and a Bart PE CD?

First, is this possible? Second, how can I install Grub2? Would it be possible to use an Ubuntu Live CD? Third, what Grub2 settings would be needed to achieve this?
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Multiboot liveCD with custom ISOs

I want to create one bootable DVD, on which I would love to have Truecrypt rescueCD Ubuntu 10.10 liveCD DBAN I have ISOs of all of above. Do you have any idea how to acomplish so?
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Bootable Windows USB drive with custom application [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Can I boot and run windows XP from a USB flash memory stick? How to run windows 7 from a USB thumb drive I want to run an application dealing with sensitive ...
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how to determine underlying problems in a laptop with dying hard disk

I have a laptop with a dying hard disk. Linux said so when I booted using live cd of linux mint. But how do I know if there's an underlying problem. For example, problems in the gpu. Which might make ...
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What is a good and localized live Linux CD? [closed]

I'm tired of fixing friends' and relatives' Windows PC's :-/ I need to find a Linux/BSD live CD with the following features: Under active development, so as to provide recent software Localized for ...
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Set keymap on LiveCD

With VmWare Workstation 7.1 here, I'm having trouble with BackTrack 4 Live CD. For some reason, the mouse won't right-click where it appears to be. This would be due to VmWare tools not being ...
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Ubuntu livecd hangs - unable to access my laptop

My Acer Aspire Laptop is unbootable. I'm trying to reinstall Ubuntu 10.04.1. Boot options accessible OK via F2. In fact, it still leads me into the olg grub2 menu, but I can't use any of the options ...
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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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run a script on startup in an ISO without remastering?

Is it possible to mount a partition on the hard drive that somehow is also scanned along with rc.local (or wherever the appropriate startup files go)? I want to boot a live image and have something ...
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Anti-virus live CD [closed]

I'm looking for a Linux Live CD/USB, that comes pre-configured with basic troubleshooting software, which I could use to check Windows computers. My wish list: Anti-virus (MUST HAVE) Any software ...