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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Will the usb disk wear out when it is set to read-only

I'm aware that usbs' have a limited read/write cycles. What if, I put a whole linux installation, about 4Gb, on a usb and set the usb to read-only. Then set a ramfs for those apps that needed a ...
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Is there Linux Live USB that works with Snow Leopard macbook pro from 2010 april

I was searching for a long time for a Linux Live USB that I can boot my MacBook Pro from. Is there such a distro I can install on Snow Leopard or Windows 7? Update: I've found this: "isohybrid" ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I create an Ubuntu 14.04 live CD from a persistent live usb stick?

I have installed some apps on the usb stick. The usb works wonderfully and I simply wish to transplant it onto DVDs. I created an .img file of the USB stick and burned it onto DVD, but it didn't work. ...
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Kali linux throws ' isolinux.bin missing or corrupt ' error using USB 3.0

I'm having a problem with a Live USB Kali Linux with Encrypted Persistence. I've downloaded kali-linux-1.0.9a-amd64.iso from the www.kali.org for my 64bit machine. And I've make sure with the checksum ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 "./liveusb-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Trying to access laptop's internal HD from live USB

What's the most straight forward way of accessing a laptop's internal HD from a live USB? I've tried a damn small linux live USB drive, and then tried mounting the internal HD, but fdisk only finds ...
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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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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 ...