A Live USB is a USB flash drive designed to act like a Live CD. An operating system is installed to it and it may be booted, but it does not install itself on the computer's hard drive(s).

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Create multiboot usb stick in addition to live + persistence OSs

I have a strong usb 3.0 32GB stick, and I would like to make a "super stick" from it. I wish to be able to: Install various OSs (windows/linux/osx) from the stick onto Internal PC HDD. Use various ...
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Kali linux throws ' isolinux.bin missing or corrupt ' error using USB 3.0

I'm having a problem with a Live USB Kali Linux with Encrypted Persistence. I've downloaded kali-linux-1.0.9a-amd64.iso from the www.kali.org for my 64bit machine. And I've make sure with the checksum ...
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Will the usb disk wear out when it is set to read-only

I'm aware that usbs' have a limited read/write cycles. What if, I put a whole linux installation, about 4Gb, on a usb and set the usb to read-only. Then set a ramfs for those apps that needed a ...
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Wlll reversing boot order in Win 8.1 provide a measure of safety when attempting dual-boot install of Ubuntu 14.04?

I am brand new here please notify me if I am not properly styling my question, thanks. I am ready to install dual boot Ubuntu 14.04 from LiveUSB but I am appalled by how many people have problems ...
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Linux: locking root filesystem to read-only

I have an industrial computer (read: no keyboard/mouse/monitor except during maintenance) which will control some machinery. The operating system will be Linux (I would prefer OpenSuSE, but it's not a ...
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What might cause a bootable USB to trigger a not a bootable device error?

Having created a bootable USB and checked that the bootable flag is set it nevertheless triggers a "not a bootable device" error on everything I try it on. What might cause this to happen? The USB is ...
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uefi: linux live cd/usb blackscreens

I have a Medion Akoya P2310 D PC with Windows 8 pre-installed, and I have been trying to install Ubuntu alongside it as well as making a third partition for data storage. After struggling with UEFI ...
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Is there any only-terminal linux live usb distro?

I was looking for distro with not GUI that I could use in a live USB. The idea is that when I turn the computer on and choose to boot from the USB I could get only a terminal from which I could ...
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AMD Radeon video card/display only works with UEFI Fedora

When I was using my onboard graphics, Intel HD4600, I was able to set up a dual boot on my SSD with a legacy BIOS Windows 8.1 64-bit installation and legacy BIOS Fedora 20 64-bit installation. I put ...
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Configuring boot on Tails linux

I put a Tails Linux 1.1 livecd on usb drive and cloned it to another flash drive. Then I've created a persistent volume and it works. But I have to choose settings, language and set up a new root ...
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How to revert the settings in a live linux USB?

I created a live usb using Ubuntu 14.04 and made it persistent through universal usb installer.I created 2 user accounts in my ubuntu and set passwords for them.I made one of them as automatic in the ...
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Copy Fedora Operating System with settings to USB?

I have a fedora machine running on my PC and I have certain software and configuration that I use often. I want to copy Fedora with all these settings and software to USB and make USB boot-able. I ...
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Install VMPlayer on Ubuntu Live USB

I want to install VMPlayer or other virtualization software on a Ubuntu Live USB. How can I edit the image file so can write new image file to USB and can boot live usb image , and run VMPlayer ...
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Where is target folder on USB booted Debian?

I need to fix some stuff on my debian sitting on my hard disk. So I booted from an USB, as it has its own ash shell. The file system is mounted to /target (so it says), but there is no folder called ...
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OS Installation order

I have a laptop with a blank hard drive and I want to install Windows 8.1 Pro along with Ubuntu 14.04 (dual-boot) Which should I install first?? But before I install anything, I'm going to split the ...
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How to set up a Live CD or USB with GParted?

How do I set up a Live CD or a Live USB to run GParted? Alternatively, how can I install GParted on my already set up Linux distribution? This is a Q&A blog-like question to refer any ...
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How can I specify what directories my overlay uses on a liveusb?

I'm using a Red Hat system (4.4.7-3) to generate a CentOS live USB/CD. I have figured out how to create an overlay as well as a home overlay; however, I cannot seem to grasp how to change the ...
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Is a bootable OSX USB stick live: can try, to test an app?

I want to test my OSX app on an older version of OSX (10.8). Will a 'bootable install USB stick' (official from Apple) be live? That is, like a Ubuntu stick that offers the choice of 'install' or ...
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Unable to boot Grub2 using UNetbootin

I downloaded the ISO files for Super Grub2 Disk as well as a usb-live creator UNetbootin. After an apparent successful write to USB, a restart does not elicit a boot. I have checked my BIOS settings ...
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why does syslinux say 'syslinux: impossible sector size'?

I have a usb that I have erased all of the data from using scrub, shred, and dd. I have openSUSE. I used a partition editor to format to fat32. I formatted the partition to the maximum size allowed. ...
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How to adjust the size of the root partition on live Arch Linux system? (/dev/mapper/arch_root-image)

Summary: I created a bootable usb drive with a live Bridge linux (ARCH based) on it. Everything works fine. The live system mounts a device called /dev/mapper/arch_root-image as its ext4 root ...
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Error “usb 4-5: string descriptor 0 reado error: -22” when booting into Ubuntu

I'm assembling a computer to use as an HTPC/small home server. Here's the hardware I have: Motherboard Asrock FM2A88X-ITX+ CPU AMD A10-7700K (3.5GHz) Black Edition RAM Kingston 2x4GB DD3 1600MHz ...
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Creating a bootable Linux USB key from Haiku

Note: Usually a question about Haiku would be the opposite--creating a bootable Haiku USB key from Linux or perhaps Windows--but since I have Haiku running and not Linux, I do actually mean what is in ...
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Unformat laptop windows drive using a bootable ubuntu usb stick

I would like to recover the hard drive on my laptop which had windows 7 but was formatted. Assuming I have an Ubuntu live usb stick, how can I unformat the laptop's drive? Notice I rather not open ...
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Old hard disk does not load OS

I have this old computer but upgraded the motherboard and the processor just recently. Everything was already used except for the motherboard, processor and RAM. The rest, was already used, the hard ...
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Ubuntu LiveUSB not booting in HP laptop

I am using a HP Pavilion laptop pre installed with Windows 8. I am trying to install Ubuntu 13.04 on my laptop using a LiveUSB, which I created in the conventional way given on the Ubuntu official ...
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How exactly do you create your kali live usb stick for mac?

I have read that you have successfully created a kali live usb stick for Mac. Can you please tell me exactly how you have done it? I searched for about one week for an solution but I don't found ...
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How to create a Live USB with Persistent mode of customized kernel (buildroot)

Using Buildroot i have builded my kernel image the output images are: rootfs.tar, rootfs.cpio, rootfs.ext2 and bzImage With use of above i need to create live usb with persistent mode I have used ...
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Cannot login to Kali Linux

I just created a Kali 1.0.6 live USB using a tool called "Mac Linux USB Loader" and everything seems fine up until the point where you are supposed to login. At the login screen I'm greeted with the ...
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How can I make a bootable partition to run XP.iso from USB stick in Linux?

I have a 16GB USB stick, and I am on Ubuntu 13.04 OS. I want to place XP.iso into one of the partitions and then use it to install XP from within USB stick. I searched for the web but I didn't find a ...
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How to create bootable USB drive from DVD

I have a DVD with fedora 20 in it. My DVD drive doesn't work so I need to boot from an USB. I have copied the contents of the DVD into a USB drive and now how can I make this drive bootable?
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What Linux distros are most suitable for use on a persistent live USB?

I have noticed that not all Linuxes work well in persistent live USB. I am aware that large distros are not recommendable, and the most suitable are the lighter ones (for example, Lubuntu or Xubuntu ...
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Unable to find live file system error while running Ubuntu from USB

First of all there are existing Q&A on this issue on different forums (mainly on AskUbuntu). But none of those solutions worked for me hence I am asking in a new thread here in SU. I earlier had ...
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linux live on SD card - booting with persistence automatically

i am running a live debian distro with persistence off an SD card with linux live. this is all working fine, but in order to boot with persistence, i must currently press TAB and manually type in ...
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Error while booting from a live removable disk

I am getting an error while trying to boot from a live USB that contains a Fedora 20 installation media: [ 1.73447] nouveau E[ PDISP][000:01:00.0] chid 0 nthd 0x02a4 0x0000000 0x100032a4 0x00000000 ...
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Boot from USB with Lenovo G710

What I wish to achieve: Have Debian linux on a USB stick and boot from that without touching my HD. Problem: Can't boot from USB. I put the Debian Live distribution on a USB stick using unetbootin ...
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Fedora-20 not booting from Live USB stick

I tried to configure my USB with the image file for the latest Fedora-20 release using Image Writer. When I try to boot the installation from it in my PC the boot-loader is showing up but the load ...
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Trouble installing openSUSE 13.1 via live USB

I downloaded the 32-bit KDE iso for openSUSE 13.1 from software.opensuse.org/131/en. I am attempting to install, from USB, to a computer currently running Debian/Fedora. After downloading the openSUSE ...
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Tails “clone” LiveUSB wont boot

I'll try to be as clear as possible. I did install Tails to a USB, then I cloned it over another USB and thats where the problems started. The "clone tails usb" won't start in my laptop. I did try ...
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Is it possible to install software on Windows from a Linux live USB?

I do an awful lot of software installs in work (Microsoft Office, Norton, McAfee, etc.) on Windows 8 machines and having no real way to automate the process for a variety of machines. Primarily I'm a ...
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Create a usb bootable with OSX on Ubuntu

I have an iso of OSX Mavericks 10.9 and I want create a bootable usb stick with it, I have a usb with 16 GB. I already did it on OSX, and it was easy, but today I need do it on ubuntu 13.10 machine, ...
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YUM and RPM crash due to the liblua-5.1 library being missing

I've been playing around with a LiveUsb install of basic Fedora with persistence. I attempted to install moonscript, which requires Lua and LuaRocks. After installing Lua and discovering there were ...
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Create a bootable USB flash drive on a different computer

How do you create a bootable flash drive from a computer and then use it to boot another computer? I need to do this because my computer is not booting, so I can't create one. Im on windows 8 by the ...
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Arch Linux from live USB - how do I launch the GUI?

I run Arch from a live USB. I want to use it to repair a broken Windows XP installation. I was presented with a console and I thought that starting the GUI windows system would be as simple as issuing ...
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USB live boot into any windows OS?

I want to boot from a USB stick into a windows OS (any), however I can't find an ISO that will work on my USB. I have found pe builder but its a windows program and I am on linux. Could anyone link ...
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Trying to access laptop's internal HD from live USB

What's the most straight forward way of accessing a laptop's internal HD from a live USB? I've tried a damn small linux live USB drive, and then tried mounting the internal HD, but fdisk only finds ...
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How to make Tails Live USB Bootable

I set up a live Tails (a linux distro) USB drive. It boots fine and I can select it using either rEFIt or while holding down option. However, when selected it always says No Bootable Drive Found, ...
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Linux on USB 3.0 flash drive/SSD disc - load to RAM or standard boot

I am thinking of getting myself a portable (generic x86_64) Linux distro (Gentoo or Kali) on a USB stick. The thing is that I am unsure whether to: load it to ram at boot (as some livecds do), or ...
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Linux Live USB Drive Created with dd Corrupt Partition Table and Reliability Issues

I am trying to create a Linux Live USB drive from an isohybrid (.iso) image. To accomplish this task, I have taken these steps in the past: Securely wipe the flash drive using the command: sudo ...
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Arch Linux install while on a network that requires browser-based login

I need to be able to log in to my dorm's internet connection using a web browser. Without doing so, I have no internet connection, and can therefore not install Arch Linux or any packages or what have ...