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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External video card prevents liveUSB bootup

External video card prevents liveUSB bootup Whenever I attempt to boot any Ubuntu liveUSB with a PCI video card installed, I see the initial ubuntu screen then it reverts to a text screen with the ...
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How do I password protect usb boot?

I want usb booting to still be allowed but only with an admin password. I found out this is possible from trying to usb boot a live usb of linux on a school computer but it required the admin ...
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Missing Operating System message while booting

I just erased my whole disk drive and I created a single unpartitioned space to my hard drive using GParted(http://gparted.org) usb stick (which proves that this system can boot from usb). The problem ...
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Live USB flash drive with a persistent user home directory [duplicate]

I want to be able to create a Live USB flash drive that I can run Ubuntu/Xubuntu on and be able to keep my configs intact. And maybe install some extra stuff. Tried using the USB flash drive creator ...
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Sylinux 5.x and YUMI - “no default or ui directive found”

I'm on Ubuntu 14.10 and I'm trying to create a multiboot USB with YUMI. the usb is formatted with fat32 I have installed on the usb a couple of live linux ( ubuntu, archbang ... ). When I try to ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 does not boot from USB

I have emachines e732g, SSD with windows 7 64 and HDD, on which I want to install Ubuntu 14.04. I try to create liveusb with help Universal-USB-Installer and unetbootin-windows-608. But my BIOS does ...
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How to copy X drivers and settings from one

I have an old laptop that I've been booting the Crunchbang 11 x64 Linux distribution off a thumbdrive for several months. I've made quite a few customizations, installed software, etc. on it. A ...
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How can I create an Ubuntu 14.04 live CD from a persistent live usb stick?

I have installed some apps on the usb stick. The usb works wonderfully and I simply wish to transplant it onto DVDs. I created an .img file of the USB stick and burned it onto DVD, but it didn't work. ...
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NAS4Free istallation from LiveUSB to USB: not working

I'm trying to install NAS4Free on my home server but I have some troubles. There are several step-by-step instructions in the Internet, I used this one: ...
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Explore contents of Live USB(Ubuntu) from other OS(Ubuntu)

I have made a LIVE USB of Ubuntu OS (latest) . I booted form USB stick and saved some data in the pen drive. Now I booted my Ubuntu OS from my Laptop. Suppose now I want to access the data stored in ...
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Cannot reformat bootable usb drive on windows

So I made this linux live usb and I'm having trooble returning it to being a regular storage drive. I'm using windows 7, by using compmgmt.msc I can see the drive but I can't format it. usually when ...
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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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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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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 ...