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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Make bootable flash drive that runs in any OS

Is there a way to make a bootable disk that runs on Mac and other operating systems? I found out that bootable drives not created in Mac will not be able to boot on a Mac. There is a special way of ...
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Trying to install liveusb-creator onto ubuntu

i tried following this tutorial: https://ifireball.wordpress.com/2011/10/14/running-fedoras-liveusb-creator-on-ubuntu/ , but i got this error: Traceback (most recent call last): File ...
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Boot Kali with custom Filesystem

I'm trying to customize my "filesystem.squashfs" file, for my Kali live system. For modifying I used "unsquash" and for rebuilding "mksquash" without additional parameters. Now I replaced the old ...
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Unable to start GNU/Linux installation process while installing from USB

I use Trisquel GNU/Linux 7.0. I am trying to install it on my uncle's desktop-pc (running with Windows7 currently) from (bootable) USB. The scenario is: I plug USB stick, choose boot from USB, choose ...
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How to make Open SuSE - Manjaro usb key

I am trying making a Multiboot USB key with Open SuSE 42.1 Leap and Manjaro 15.09 but it doesn't work. I tried with XBoot, Multibootusb, SharpBoot and YUMI, but they all failed making the USB Key. ...
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“Boot-repair-disk-64” : boots from cd, doesn't boot from usb stick, why?

I want to use boot-repair-disk on my pc. This is a program that is previously burned in a removable media such as CD/DVD/USB stick, and then you boot on it (power off the computer, press the BIOS menu ...
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Unable to add persistence to a Kali Linux “Live” USB Drive

I am attempting to add persistent storage to my bootable Kali Linux 2.0 USB drive (instructions). The drive is 32GB and I'd like to use most of that for persistent storage. When I get to ...
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'Missing Operating System' Windows USB on Ubuntu Machine

So I created a Windows 7 Bootable USB on Ubuntu using 'YUMI' The USB was formatted to NTFS and ISO loaded on using Yumi. I am able to see all the files on there on the Ubuntu Explorer however when ...
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Manual GRUB installation on USB: Filesystem is unknown

I'm trying to manually install GRUB on my USB pendrive. I do the following steps: I check whether the partition table is correct: sudo fdisk -l I get the following output: ... Disk /dev/sdb: 2 ...
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Iceweasel crashing on Debian Live USB?

Occasionally, the Iceweasel browser crashes to desktop on my Debian Live USB. This appears to be a RAM allocation problem. How do I fix this?
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Debian Live USB limitations: Is it safe to install adobe flash player?

I'm running a Debian Live USB and I want to install Adobe Flash. I want to know if this is a bad idea because I 'bricked' a USB once before when I installed an application on it.
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How to create persistence storage on a Debian live USB?

I want to create persistence storage on an 8gb Debian live USB. I am on a windows 10 machine, and Win32 Disk Manager is not an option because of malware warnings. The guides I've found say to use ...
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How to write Debian to a USB flash drive from a Debian live CD?

I’m new to Linux, and I want to create a live USB flash drive for Debian Jessie. I burned Debian to a CD in order to then create a live USB flash drive of it. Win32DiskManager doesn’t download due to ...
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Live USB wont boot even though it works before

After break Ubuntu I decided to reinstall it. I lost my old liveUSB but burned a new one. The new one works on another laptop but, even after enabling legecy, the USB won't recognised by the boot ...
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“Login incorrect” when booting from fedora

I created a Live USB of an ISO image, using Unetbootin and the Fedora 22 distribution. When I boot from the USB, I receive an "prefdm respawning too fast stopped" error, and it hangs. If i then ...
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YUMI is unreliable

I'm using YUMI by Pendrivelinux to make a multiboot flash drive, but it seems to be unreliable. I have a USB 3.0 64GB flash drive and I can get it to boot, but I've had problems. Seemingly ...
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Getting “premature end of file /syslinux/vmlinuz0” during Fedora 22 installation

I am trying to install Fedora 22 64 bit using an USB. I have created the bootable USB stick using Fedora live USB creator. When I start the boot, I get this error. error: premature end of file ...
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Fedora Live Usb won't boot

I have written the fedora 22 32-bit iso to a 32gb usb thumb drive with the dd command in ubuntu 15.04. The terminal stated the write was successful. I have verified my iso isnt corrupt with the ...
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Boot from live Tails SD card on Mac OSX El Capitan

Goal: Boot into Tails from an SD card on a Macbook Air running El Capitan. Specs: Macbook Air, 8Gb RAM, i5, Running OSX 10.11 "El Capitan". Solutions tried and problems with each: Follow Tails ...
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Linux live OS determine current boot media(CD/USB) which is used to boot the kernel and rootfs residing on the same media

Is there a way to detect the current boot media used to boot a Linux Live OS? In a live OS system, I would like to uniquely determine the current boot media(CD/USB) that has been used to boot the ...
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How to reset a lost root password in SmartOS

I'm running SmartOS version joyent_20130405T010449Z off a bootable USB. Long story short, the root password is lost to the ages. I tried "root" as the password, no luck. I tried no password, didn't ...
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how can I fix a Windows XP comp which has BSOD at startup through Ubuntu liveUSB?

My uncle has an old netbook with XP. It won't boot somehow. I already tried safe mode, the result is the same. While loading, it restarts with BSOD. I can not read error message. I tried to boot it ...
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Clonezilla Live - mix command line and wizard

I am running Clonezilla Live from a USB drive. I would like to start the backup process using the wizard, then goto the command line (mounting the "partimag" folder manually) and return to the wizard ...
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Arch Linux fails to tty

I'm trying to boot Arch Linux from a USB drive, but I cannot open pacman or whatever. I've downloaded the Arch Linux .ISO file and put it on a USB using Rufus, but it fails to load properly. I am ...
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Red Hat live USB creation

I am trying to install Red Hat OS on my laptop. I tried to create live USB disk from .iso file in Ubuntu 14.10 by using Startup Disk Creator, but I am not able to select any other .iso file than ...
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How to lock away hard drive filesystem from USB booted Kali-Linux

I've currently got Kali-Linux installed and running on a USB drive. I recently realised that I can access all the files from the hard drive on the Windows and OSX partitions from file browser. I ...
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Live disk based computer

So while I am waiting for my terabyte external hd to format I figured it would be worth my time to double check if the project I have planned for it is likely to work. My plan is to load an os (that ...
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Combine serveral images into one Live-USB [duplicate]

I wanted to know if it's possible to combine at least two systems into one image : Example : I have a Debian image (.iso) and a Clonezilla image (.iso) and I want to make one image and the GRUB ...
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kali live usb not persistant

I've been searching a lot but can't find the answer to my problem. I made a kali linux live boot flash drive. I am using an UEFI system so I made the drive boot-able using this tutorial ...
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UEFI BIOS won't recognize USB

I recently tried to install Kali Linux from a live USB. This didn't go too well. I used Rufus to create a live cd on my USB from the Kali Linux ISO. Then I rebooted, and went into BIOS to boot from ...
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Booting USB with LiveCD GRUB

Under VMWare Player, I cannot boot directly Ubuntu 14 from an USB drive, so I would like to start with the LiveCD and boot from GRUB, issuing a custom command. Is that possible? What should be the ...
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Laptop as *primary* display for desktop PC via LAN remote desktop

As the title says, I want to use a laptop as the primary display for a desktop PC. There's a few added challenges to this, however: The desktop PC does not have a display device of its own. By ...
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How to create a virtual machine from a bootable USB?

I need to take a live USB, that has Ubuntu 12.04 and a ton of customization on it, and create a virtual machine in Virtualbox from it. I ultimately actually want to get this installation up to Google ...
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bootable USB key cannot boot in legacy mode?

I used the netbootin to generate a Mint 17.1 live USB on a EFI kubuntu system. It can be boot in computer with UEFI mode. However, if I change to legacy mode, the live USB cannot boot at all. Is ...
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Can't boot from USB in UEFI mode

I am trying to install Linux on my Asus notebook (Asus K45VM). But I cannot make it boot in USB mode to do so... At first I was unable to make the USB option show up, tried for a day of hard research ...
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NTFS Partition on a USB Stick shows up as FAT32 and is unaccessible in Windows 8.1

Hi I have the following Problem: I installed Tails on a 16GB USB Drive (Kingston DataTraveler SE9 G2) and then created an 8GB NTFS Partition (also tried FAT32) and then created an 4.6 GB encrypted ...
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Can rootkits and malwares affect a live ubuntu usb with no peristence?

Can rootkits and malwares affect a live ubuntu usb with no peristence ? Can any malware possibly persist and affect all the sessions ? Also, can it affect current session if it cannot persist ? I am ...
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NEC computer won't boot from USB - I have tried everything I can think of

System hangs after 'Verifying DMI Pool Data.......Update Success" I have tried: Set boot priority (USB boot supported) Reset BIOS Search for BIOS update - none available Booting from CD - this ...
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Windows won't boot after trying to boot linux live usb

I've created a Linux Tails liveUSB with YUMI, and tried to boot it. I got to the main screen where you get to choose which distro you'd like to boot (since YUMI makes multiboot usb) but I chose the ...
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how to rename the Linux OS name installed in USB stick (LIVE USB)

I am looking for the solution for modifying the query. The requirement is as follows Installing the Any Linux OS in USB stick, here i have installed Fedora 21. Now I need to rename Fedora OS to "Nik ...
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Difference between a live cd/usb and bootable cd/usb

What is the difference between a live cd/usb and bootable cd/usb? Most of the times when I have a live cd (in general of Linux distributions), I have the option of installing from it as well.
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What are the drawbacks of using linux on a usb flash with persistence? [closed]

I've been interested in installing a linux distro on a 64gb flash and using it as a portable os. I've heard many of the pros, such as the obvious portability, but haven't really heard about the cons. ...
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No Southbridge IOAPIC fedora 21 workstation live USB

I get the follow errors when I try to boot with a Fedora workstation 21 live USB on my computer: [ 0.175275] [Firmware Bug]: AMD-Vi: IOAPIC[7] not in IVRS table [ 0.175279] [Firmware Bug]: ...
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Linux Mint doesn't boot properly

I created USB flash drive Linux Mint 17.1 using Linux Live Usb (Lili - link) with persistence storage. When I boot my laptop with my USB flash drive, it shows the page that says "Try Mint Linux live" ...
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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 ...