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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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 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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Kaspersky rescue Disk on USB

I'm trying to use Kaspersky Rescue Disk from a USB key. I followed this procedure and it works fine but when I restart my computer, instead of getting a GUI I get "GRUB". I don't know what to do to ...
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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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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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How to access both partitions on a bootable USB flash drive in Windows

I have a 16GB USB Flash Drive that is partitioned into two different sizes. The first partition contains a bootable version of Ubuntu, the second partition is for general saving of files. Windows ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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run centos 5 from a usb stick to test a program

I have a very specific issue, I wanted to run a C - program on Cent OS 5, but i dont really use cent os for much work. I was wondering if I can have a 'live' version on a pendrive and test the C ...
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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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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 ...