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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SYSLINUX 4.03 EDD Boot error Live USB

I'm trying to install Debian off a live USB onto a server but I keep getting a range of errors such as: "SYSLINUX 4.03 EDDBoot Error" "SYSLINUX 4.03 2010-10-22 EDDBoot Error" "SYSLINUX 4.07 EDDBoot ...
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When powering down kali linux, I get the message “Other users are logged in.”

This is what is displayed: image of what is displayed I am currently logged in as root, so is root (console) a separate user? I just finished setting everything up so I can boot kali from a usb with ...
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Troubles booting from USB on some hosts

I have some USB keys with Linux Live which will not boot on some machines. Are there some useful USBs I can produce which SHOULD work? How? Are there things I can check on the USBs? I want to know ...
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booting from live device space probelm

I am trying to perform data-recover recovery using extundelete (which didn't help) and ext4magic on a live USB and it requires me to update, upgrade and install the packages. (and some times apt-get -...
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How to install Ubuntu onto an OS X bootable and encrypted USB stick?

Im trying for now 3 days to install Ubuntu Desktop on an encrypted USB stick that is bootable by OS X. Preface: I tried it several times, destroyed 3 OS X installations, x Ubuntu installations and ...
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Updating the kernel on a Linux Mint Live USB

I'm following this guide: https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/1784 to update a Linux Mint ISO. Specifically, I'd like to update the kernel of this version of Mint to 4.4.8. For kernel ...
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Can I create a bootable Linux live USB flash drive using a Windows computer? [duplicate]

I have a rescued 2013 MacBook Air with a broken screen backlight due to a beverage spill and missing its internal SSD. I don't yet have any OS installed on it. I have access only to (32 bit) Windows ...
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How do i install Qubes OS onto a USB?

I cannot install qubes onto my harddrive as it has my main windows OS on it and is not easily switched out, and qubes FAQ warns not to do this anyways. I would like to install onto a USB drive instead ...
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What is the difference between “Rufus” and “Rufus portable”

On this site : https://rufus.akeo.ie/, there are two downloads, one labeled "Rufus 2.8" and the other labeled "Rufus 2.8 portable" I have tried both, and they do not differ in functionality as far as ...
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How to create a basic yet useful USB toolbox with a selection screen?

I'm an EasyTech at Staples, and I had an idea on how to make my job easier and make me work more efficiently on computers. My idea is to create a USB toolbox. Similar to what the company provides us. ...
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running Xubuntu on usb

I want to be able to run Xubuntu on usb. I have made the usb bootable using pendrivelinux, and set persistence to the maximum so I can save changes I make. The question I have is: Is it safe to go to "...
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Is there a way to create 1 usb stick which can install multiple versions of windows and linux? [duplicate]

Well the question is clear. The reason behind it is, that I think it would be handyt to have 1 64 GB USB stick on my keychain to repair or reinstall computers with. I was thinking of some kind of on ...
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Making a live & installable media from a Debian Jessie variant?

I enjoy trying different distros as I hear of them, and lately have installed several based upon Debian 'Jessie' (x64) - Q4OS and PrathamOS. I have also grabbed a couple of others that I will check ...
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Can a live USB be “partitioned” so I can use it for both normal files AND an OS?

I normally use a USB for carrying files around, like anyone. However, I'm now also carrying a Linux distro around on a live USB to boot from. Is it possible to combine these? The USB is 16GB, so it is ...
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Run another Boot sector in a vm?

Most (if not all) V.M. engines that I have seen require that I'm using an ISO or other format and will not allow the use of separate boot sector on a separate drive. Admittedly, I'm a bit of a N008 so ...
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How to force bios to boot from usb

Imagine you have Hiren's Boot Rescue CD on a flashdrive on a flashdrive, and your intention is to restore windows password, but you cannot access the bios, because it is locked with a password. I ...
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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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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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Can I use Windows to Go as it were a Linux live distro?

I hold a tablet with Windows 8 installed and I want to be able to boot a totally empty operative system from there when I cope with financial activities. My primary option would be run a Linux live ...
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Burned TrentaOS ISO to USB Stick: Not detected in UEFI

Well, I decided to try out the TrentaOS distribution and downloaded their ISO image from sourceforge. First, because I was on Windows, I tried to burn that image to my USB stick with Rufus, but when I ...
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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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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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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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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 "./liveusb-...
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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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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 creating/...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 disk....
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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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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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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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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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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: http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/nas4free/?...
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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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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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“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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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 ...