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Create a bootable device manually, without ISO burn

I'm looking to create a bootable USB memory stick. However the USB stick has data that I can't afford to delete. If I were to burn an iso image on it the ordinary way, say with Ultraiso, the data will ...
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What are the prerequisites for a USB device so an OS can be booted from it?

I've been reading a bit about it, and although things are more clear to me now, I'm still in the dark about some details. What determines (apart from having a newer BIOS, the one that enables you to ...
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Why should I make my pen drive bootable manually when I can do it in the boot menu?

I know there are a number of steps to make a pendrive bootable by changing its file system and all, but my question is, what is the need to do it anyway when I can simply go to the boot menu in my ...
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1answer
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Create bootable USB drive for Windows 8 clean install on UEFI

How do you burn a Windows 8.x ISO image to a USB drive such that it can be clean installed on a PC with UEFI enabled? I tried using the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool, but the target PC didn't see ...
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usb flash no longer bootable?

Hi I have a sandisk 16gb titanium cruzer, a bit dated but its worked like a charm for years. I partitioned it years ago to get rid of the U3 stuff as it just annoyed me and I have for a long time used ...
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1answer
215 views

USB multiboot: Everything except Clonezilla works

I am trying to add the Clonezilla live iso to my multiboot USB key. Every other distro seems to work, but Clonezilla boots to the prompt (initramfs) instead of launching properly. I have modified ...
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Flashing bios on an HP Machine with no hard drive

I have an HP Elitebook 2530p http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/public/psi/home/?sp4ts.oid=3782222 There is a common bios problem (I know I am not the only one who had this problem) that asks ...
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2answers
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diskpart multiple primary partition keys

I am trying to set up partitions on my USB drive, 1x as a boot partition, 1x as operating system data, 1x as shared with windows files. I am trying to assign the shared with windows partiton a drive ...
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1answer
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How to boot from USB in Windows 8?

I'm trying to install Ubuntu along with Windows 8. I have copied the Ubuntu 64bit ISO in a USB Pendrive [aka USB Flash Drive] and now I'm trying to boot from there. In the BIOS, I select First Boot ...
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1answer
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USB making tool for Windows detects flash drive as fixed, need to be seen as removable

I downloaded the Windows 8.1 ISO file but my laptop doesn't have an optical drive. The only choice is to install it from USB. I found a Windows 7 USB making tool (the some works for Windows 8 as I ...
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1answer
493 views

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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2answers
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Why a pendrive isn't visible in BIOS after setting a boot flag to one of its partitions?

I have a pendrive with 3 partitions, and it works well but there's one thing that causes troubles. I'm using this pendrive for booting live debian system, but to do this I have to set a boot flag to ...
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129 views

unable to boot from USB flash drive (kubuntu 12.04.3 LTS)

I've downloaded kubuntu 12.04.3 LTS .iso and tried to install it on a flash drive to install the system on my hard drive. I've tried to use usb-creator-kde 3 times and unetbootin once and each time ...
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0answers
60 views

My USB bootable thumb drive, no longer boots on a single particular computer on which it previously worked

I created a bootable drive, booting CrunchBang, about 2 months ago. About a month ago, I booted into it on another laptop. After shutting down, I have been unable to get it to boot on my own laptop, ...
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1answer
2k views

How to make OS X Mavericks Bootable USB flash drive

i'm trying to make a bootable OS X Mavericks USB flash drive but cannot run the script. Visit this link: ...
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USB Flash drive issues

I've searched online but can't get an answer. Must be how I'm asking the question in the search bar. I've found that when making a bootable USB stick that some sticks will work without issue and ...
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2answers
1k views

A computer that fails to boot if certain USB devices are plugged in

I don't have an active problem with this but I am curious. Over time, my repair work has lead me to experience many instances (repeatable and reliable ones) where a computer (desktop, laptop, every ...
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1answer
253 views

How can I make DBAN bootable from UFD?

I want to make DBAN bootable from a UFD (USB Flash Drive). I have the ISO image (dban-2.2.7_i586.iso) and I am using a tool called Rufus (rufus_v1.3.4.exe). I first tried using the default settings. ...
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660 views

USB-HDD vs. USB-FDD vs. USB-ZIP, USB Flash emulation

From http://agnipulse.com/2011/11/partition-usb-flash-drive/ am I right in believing that the USB boot emulation is controlled by nothing more than the partition table, and therefore any USB drive is ...
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202 views

No GUI when Booting in UEFI From USB Flash

I'm trying to dual boot my new Acer V5-122p with the pre-installed Windows 8 and Linux Mint 15 Mate. The laptop doesn't have a DVD drive, so I have to boot through USB. When I boot Mint in UEFI mode, ...
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0answers
128 views

Macbook 3.1 won't boot from usb drive

I have a macbook 3.1. I am trying to install lion on the system. I've created a usb installation drive. But when I turn on my computer, and hold the option/alt key, the system displays only the hard ...
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1answer
183 views

How to prevent “evil maid” attacks? How to move /boot to a USB pendrive?

Apparently using full-disk encryption is not enough to secure a computer, because the /boot partition is not encrypted, and could be modified to include a keylogger. I have read about different ...
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1answer
270 views

flash disk size is not normal after using suse image writer

Ok I don't know what to do, and decided to ask here, here's the problem : I have a 8 GB flash disk that i use to boot image. I decided to try opensuse 12.3, and then i use unetbootin to extract it to ...
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1answer
276 views

Create a bootable USB with DFT using UNetbootin

My Dell inspiron 8600 crashed and on restarting its showing the "unmountable boot volume" error. Occasionally the HDD is also making a strange clicking noise. I suppose the HDD has died. It looks like ...
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Howto create a bootable pendrive for windows manually on Linux? [duplicate]

I've been trying around but am not through yet. Where is my procedure failing? I have a 2G usb disk which I prepare the following way: 1 - Make a partition with fdisk yielding /dev/sdb1 2 - mkfs.ntfs ...
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How can I create a bootable iso image from a bootable flash drive?

I have a bootable installer image of Win7x64 on a flash drive. How can I create a bootable iso of it to use with VMware Workstation et al? I have used Plop Boot Manager, but I'd really like to make ...
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1answer
47 views

Booting an encrypted system from a flash drive without user interaction

I have an unused desktop that I'm planning on turning to a household server running (hopefully) Arch Linux. I know that I can fully encrypt the system and have to enter a password upon each boot but I ...
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0answers
32 views

Running XMBC 12 off a stick, sans HDD

I have a laptop whose hard drive is toast, so I'm booting XBMC off a stick. It works fine, but I would like to not have to manually intervene halfway through booting up to tell it to Try Ubuntu, ...
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2answers
733 views

How to identify USB-sticks that will appear as non-removable before buying?

For a home lab project, I'm going to install Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 on a USB-stick. The process is described in this guide (for Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, but also works for 2012): Deploying ...
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1answer
310 views

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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248 views

Troubleshooting old motherboard USB boot

Today I faced a situation I'm not clear how to try to get around. I will have to perform a maintenance operation on a pair of Win 98 computers weekly. In that operation I will need to input and ...
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3answers
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Downloading Windows OS on usb pen drive to reinstall on Lenovo ideapad 32bit

I have the necessary software (iolo system mechanic pro)needed to wipe out my hard drive on my lenovo ideapad 32bit. I don't know much about this stuff but follow directions well. There is no cd ...
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2answers
1k views

Remove memtest from usb

A while ago I had some hardware issues with my desktop and used a USB stick to put a bootable memtest on it to do some diagnosis (at the time it was that one of the memory sticks was bad). Fast ...
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0answers
319 views

Laptop crashed while BIOS update

[...] I installed a BIOS update the other day and while the update was still in progress my Laptop crashed. Ever since, I cannot boot my device. As in many forums described my screen also remains ...
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3answers
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Installing XP through USB-flash disc

I don't know whether this could be asked here... So, Pardon me for this. Probably, this is based on My laptop and a contradiction to this question asked already here... I tried to format my ...
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Windows 7 on bootable flash

I have two quick questions, I used the Windows USB tool to put ISO on my flash drive, but it made me delete everything first. Do you know why this is? Also, once I have Windows on there, is it okay ...
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1answer
633 views

Why does USB thumb drive screw up boot sequence?

I am looking for understanding to a boot issue. I have at times had some files and such that I save and retrieve from my thumb drive. I use the front panel as it is nice and easy to get to and I ...
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4answers
4k views

How to make an USB bootable with Windows XP?

I've tried for several days to make an USB Bootable with Windows XP, I want to install the OS in a computer that doesn't have CD. I know there are some utilities that make this but the thing is I ...
2
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2answers
1k views

What is the difference between these boot order options?

I am trying to install XP on a Compaq netbook. I am getting a pendrive ready to boot the system with xp installation. Which of these three options is the correct one when choosing the boot order ...
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Can't boot flash drive on GIGABYTE motherboard

Situation When I try to boot from my flash drive, my GIGABYTE 970A-UD3 motherboard returns this: Loading Operating System ... Boot error All other motherboards I've tried support booting from that ...
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1answer
1k views

Boot from USB in HP laptop

I have HP Laptop Probook 4421s. I want to install Linux Mint 13 from USB drive. My usb is Toshiba 8 GB. I've tested in another laptop, it is working perfectly. Bios Boot Priority is USB. When I'm ...
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1answer
119 views

Using halt from grub4dos on USB causes problems

I'm multibooting serveral different Linux distros and repair discs from a single USB using grub4dos. While testing menus and such it would be helpful to boot to the device, look at the menu, and ...
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2answers
147 views

How can I create a bootable stick with Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Install Windows 7 from USB flash drive with linux distributions is possible. Can this be done with windows too? Basically I just want to move the files from my ...
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3answers
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Install XP over Ubuntu. (Flash Drive)

My girlfriend needs to install Windows XP over Ubuntu on her PC, because she need to run some software that Wine and a visual machine can't handle as well as the 'real' thing. Problem is, it seems ...
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1answer
148 views

Can you change the name of a flash drive on the boot menu?

I have two Staples brand Flash Drives. They work fine and they boot okay, but they have the same name on the boot menu, so when I have them both in the computer, I can't tell which one is the one I ...
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1answer
2k views

How can I make Windows XP bootable from a flash drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Install Windows XP to USB Hard Drive and Run from It Can I run Windows XP from a USB flash drive? I know how to make a bootable flash drive, but when I attempted to ...
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Flipping the Removable Media bit — alternatives to BootIt?

There's a utility called the Lexar BootIt utility that flips the Removable Media Bit on certain USB flash drives. I want to flip the bit on my USB flash drive (it's supported) but really am not too ...
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350 views

Boot from flash drive then start VirtualBox

I want to put a very small OS on a flash drive with minimum necessary requirements for running VirtualBox 64 bit machines. Can I make it with Tiny Linux or something similar?
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205 views

Boot Error when booting from USB flash drive

My HDD crashed (probably due to a high re-allocated sector count), so I made a bootable USB flash drive with Ubuntu 10.04 live on it. But I get the error: BOOT ERROR I disconnected my HDD and tried ...
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Checking that a USB key can be made bootable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I identify which of my usb drives can be made bootable I don't know if this is the best place to ask hardware-related questions. If not and you know of a better ...