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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Installing Ubuntu Desktop

I have burnt Ubuntu Desktop onto a USB that is currently plugged into the Ubuntu server 12.10. I would like to know how I can run the install from the USB as no other ways work.
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Rewriting the MBR to start using the Windows 7 Partitions I have imaged on my external “My Book” USB HD

I'm trying to use bootsect to create a bootable USB HD. I keep getting the error Could not map drive partitions to the associated volume device objects: Access Denied. To give you some background on ...
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Can I improve my battery life under a Linux Live CD by loading the CD into RAM or using a USB key instead?

Would loading a linux live CD to RAM improve battery life? (knoppix toram or SLAX Copy to RAM option) Compared to running it from the CD. Would booting a Live CD off of a USB increase battery life ...
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What are the differences bewteen using ISOs vs extracting distributions in multiboot LiveUSBs?

I've created a multiboot pendrive with a couple of Linux distributions by using the YUMI tool from pendrivelinux, and by default it extracts the content of the chosen operating system's ISO on a ...
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SYSLINUX? Booting off a Live USB?

I used Unetbootin to install Xubuntu to a Live USB (a 4 GB SanDisk). By default, I'm running Windows 7 (which is also what I ran Unetbootin on). The computer I'm trying to use to boot off the Live USB ...
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Can I move Linux from running on a USB to a hard drive partition?

I'm working on helping my brother with a project. He has been running Lubuntu Linux from a USB drive while he was setting up some server and web projects (proof of concept). Now that he has the ...
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Lubuntu LiveUSB made with UNetbootin not bootable

I tried to make a Lubuntu 13.04 LiveUSB with UNetbootin (Mac version), but it is not bootable. Not on the PC I want to boot it, and not on the Mac I made the drive with (On Mac it just doesn't show up ...
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Booting Linux from USB - countdown repeating

I have a Windows computer that I am trying to convert to Linux. I have downloaded the .iso file from Linux Mint 14 and have used UNetbootin to convert my USB to a bootable drive. I choose to boot ...
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Can I reinstall Linux from live USB?

I just wanna confirm, if I uninstall Linux and have a problem booting Windows XP, I'll still be able to reinstall Linux from my live USB, right? I guess it would reinstall Linux and reinstall Grub2, ...
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Multiboot on usb with syslinux

I'm trying to make a multiboot usb with Ubuntu, Backtrack and Mantra-OS on it (all ubuntu as you can see). Those are the steps I've done: sudo su unmount /dev/sdb1 # unmount ...
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How can I access the USB drive my Live Linux is running on? [duplicate]

I'm completely new to Linux. I've downloaded Ubuntu, then using a Linux Live CD, I've created a bootable USB drive. Ubuntu works beautifully on the USB boot. However, while I can read the hard disks ...
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I can't boot from any USB device after installing Linux

Here is my current situation along with the events that followed up to it: I installed Ubuntu 12.10 amd64 to my Lenovo Ideapad S300 by booting to a USB Drive that I prepared with Unetbootin (v583). ...
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Laptop freezes upon booting Linux distributions from USB flash drive

I'm trying to boot a live distro on a VAIO YB35AL ultrabook. It doesn't have an optical drive, so I'm using a USB flash drive, and deploying the Linux ISOs to it using either unetbootin or Universal ...
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UNetBootin without admin rights?

Is it possible to run UNetBootin without admin privileges? I downloaded it then did chmod +x and then tried to run it with ./ but then a window popped up prompting for admin password. Is it not even ...
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Why does diskpart not find my hard drives when booting from Windows 8 USB recovery drive?

I'm trying to repair my Windows 8 EFI bootloader (after I set up Ubuntu, Windows won't boot ... I believe the main Windows partition is fine but the Windows bootloader files on the EFI partition have ...
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How to safely install GNU/Linux distro on a Samsung UEFI enabled laptop

I have already bricked and replaced my Samsung Chronos Series 7 NP700Z3C laptop. I have discussed it in the following question: Why does my Samsung Chronos 7 not boot anymore after installing Ubuntu? ...
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How to setup a bootable Linux USB live stick?

I like to setup a 4 GB USB stick to act like a bootable media that boot a small debian lxde environment. Everything should be editable so there is no special persistent section (it all is). How to ...
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Booting Linux from external HDD, with persistence

I am trying to install Linux, specifically Lubuntu or BackTrack 5 on an external HDD (Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex) but I have had no luck using YUMI, or UNetbootin to get it working. I do not have a CD ...
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HP Pavilion laptop not booting Fedora 18 LiveUSB

My HP Pavilion g7 1075dx laptop will not boot past the SYSLINUX copyright when booting off a 8GB USB Flash drive that has Fedora 18 KDE Live CD copied to it via LiveUSB Creator. What should I try? I ...
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Does the work I do with a Live USB Drive or Live DVD leave any trail (eg: tmp files) on my machine?

I want to know how Live DVD and USB drive work. Do they use the disk of my PC at all? If so, do they delete everything after I shut down the PC? If so, are the tmp files deleted securely? Or they ...
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How can I make a Linux USB installation persistent from a running instance

I am writing this from Kubuntu running from a USB (Started as "Demo") How can I make the changes I make persistent? (From inside this running instance).ion If not, how can I make it persistent before ...
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Having a hard time with live-debian on USB

I already tried everything.... I download the file from this link: http://live.debian.net/cdimage/release/current/i386/usb-hdd/debian-live-6.0.6-i386-kde-desktop.img and then I dd the image to my USB ...
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How to create VHD disk image from a Linux live system?

Once more, I have to resort at the experts here at SuperUser, as my other sources (mainly Google ;-)) didn't prove very helpful... So basically, I would like to create a VHD image of a physical disk ...
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Mistakenly overwritten USB HDD with linux dd command

So I created a linux live cd with the dd command. On the wrong usb drive. My 1TB drive now has a 500MB live usb installation on it. I have ~500GB of files that I'd quite like back. Is there any hope ...
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Running Windows 8 from USB stick

For debug purposes I need to create a bootable windows 8 image on a USB drive (32 GB flash stick for preference but I could probably do a portable HD version) Specifically our software is having ...
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How can I chainload a USB drive from GRUB2?

I'm using GNU GRUB version 1.99-12ubuntu5, booted over the network using PXE. I used grub-mknetdir to generate the GRUB image and directory tree, which I'm serving on a TFTP server using Tftpd32 in ...
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Live USB boot within an existing virtual machine

I need to resize a partition on an Ubuntu 12.04 virtual machine, so I'm trying to boot up a live USB operating system inside the virtual machine, and then re-size the hard disk partition using ...
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Error while booting Fedora 17 from Live USB on Windows 8 HP Envy 4 1102tx

I am trying to run Fedora 17 using a Live USB on my recently bought HP Envy 4 1102tx which came with Windows 8 pre-installed. My system has a 500GB HDD and a 32GB SSD. Every time I try to boot from ...
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Install a dedicated Fedora on USB key

I'd like to install Fedora on my USB key, not the LiveCD one but a real installation, with my username, encrypted disk, updates & configuration saved between reboot, etc. I'd like to install it ...
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What downsides are there to running an OS off of a flash drive instead of a hard drive (USB 3.0 and 2.0) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does a hard drive compare to Flash memory working as a hard drive in terms of speed? I recently purchased a 16GB USB 3.0 flash drive, and I'm considering using it as ...
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Full Ubuntu Install on USB

I am trying to install Ubuntu 10.04 in a 16GB Verbatim USB flash drive so I can boot my computer from the usb and have a full ubuntu running (I also need an encrypted home folder). I just want to run ...
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Making my usb stick bootable

I am using unetbootin to load my Ubuntu ISO image onto my usb stick. I have formatted it as fat32 various times but I am still unable to boot from it. Is there any option on the usb stick which makes ...
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Filesystem for Linux OS on cheap thumb-drives (liveusb)

Simple version: what filesystem (or more complex setup, perhaps) is best for use on a liveusb system? LiveUSB system with filesystem directly on the drive, not one with compressed system image a-la ...
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How to install archlinux 64 bits with openbox, broadcom-wl and zydas1211b without internet?

My only access is a hotspot, I could use it to download after activation ... As I install it to my netbook, I will use an usb key so I maybe be able to add some stuff needed to it ...
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Unable to boot USB drive created from Live GNOME 3.4 ISO

I have downloaded GNOME 3.4 Live cd (promo cd) from gnome.org, how do I create bootable USB drive from it? I'm using Universal USB installer but don't know which distro to select from the list to ...
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Lock files on LiveUSB

This is kind of two questions in one. I have Hirens on my 2GB flash drive. Somehow, while tweaking and adding files to the list, I killed the bootability. I had used unetbootin to create the usb. ...
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Can I create a local ubuntu user from live USB?

Is there a way to create a user on the local system (running Ubuntu) when the system has been booted with a live USB? All drives are read/write accessible.
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LiveUSB operational issues

I'm running UNETBOOTIN on my USB stick. Ubuntu 10.04.02 is running OK, but I have two usability questions: 1) Is there a way to enlarge the persistent storage now that I've found need for more than ...
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Booting a virtual machine non-virtually

I have a VirtualBox virtual machine that I use regularly. In order to use it on many computers, I carry it around on a USB drive. Sometimes, however, I come across a computer that doesn't support ...
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Create bootable ISO from Live USB

I have created a Ubuntu 11.04 Live USB with Unetbootin. I was wondering if it was possible to create a bootable iso from the usb stick.
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Ubuntu live-USB does not start under MacBookAir3,1

I downloaded Ubuntu here http://www.Ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download and followed step 2 to create a bootable USB flash drive. But when I restart my MacBook Air and press 'alt' during the ...
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Can I set up Ubuntu on ONE partition of a multi-partitioned USB stick?

I'd like to make a Live USB for Ubuntu. In an ideal world, I would: Partition USB drive in two parts. Install Ubuntu on one part. Use other part for storage. Is this possible?
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Ubuntu live USB drive not recognized by mac

I created a USB drive of Ubuntu 10.4 desktop edition (64-bit) on a 13" macbook pro following the steps from http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download but when I restart the system and press ...
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Live USB image created by live-helper in Debian cannot be mount

I make custom Debian live usb via live-helper. So far it works great, but when I add some extra packages to the default installation, the output image cannot be mounted. Basically I create image ...