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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Install Vector Linux 7.0 from USB

I am using windows, I have downloaded ISO of Vector Linux 7.0 (VL7.0-STD-GOLD.iso). I don't have a CD Rom, How can I create a bootable USB of this Linux to install it on my system. Unetbootin don't ...
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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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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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dd to create bootable linux usb, resulting filesystem unrecognozed?

I tried to create a bootable usb of kali linux using "dd if=kali.iso of=dev/sdb bs=512k" as per http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-live-usb-install but the resulting filesystem is ...
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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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ASUS laptop refuses to boot to USB?

All of a sudden today, I can no longer boot from USB. I've tried installing a Crunchbang Linux ISO to a USB drive using a method (LiLi USB) that's worked for me dozens of times in the past. Now, for ...
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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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Recover Persistent Storage from Fedora Live USB

I'm using Fedora Live 19.1 on a USB drive to try salvaging a harddrive with bad sectors using ddrescue. The program was doing its thing and then crashed after 5 hours (as expected), but I'm supposed ...
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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 USB Key - Only able to boot when formatted to FAT (Gigabyte motherboard)

I am able to a USB bootable memory stick (My motherboard is a Gigabyte EP31-DS3L see Fig 2) using either Universal USB Installer or unetbootin if I have formatted the drive before hand to FAT see Fig ...
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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 ...