Questions tagged [bootable-media]

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windows 10 install usb stick that runs on Uefi and Bios systems

I know how to create a usb install stick with Rufus that works on either Uefi/GPT or on Bios/MFT Systems. But is there any way to create a Stick that supports both flavors at the same time?
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Windows 10 Installation USB - Can the USB hard drive have other partitions on it?

When using the Microsoft Windows Installation Tool to create a bootable USB to install windows 10, can the USB hard drive have other partitions on it? I ask because I can't boot to it for some reason,...
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Can I use an SSD as a multiboot usb as well as for storage?

I am considering buying a 500 GB external SSD for booting Kali and Ubuntu OS from the said external drive on my Windows laptop. I am thinking of using https://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-...
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How to make a Bootable USB Stick with just CMD on it? [closed]

I want to make a Bootable USB Stick that when it is Booted it opens a CMD. I realy just need a Console Window like in Windows to make changes to a HardDrive but i dont know how to create such a USB ...
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Bootsect arguments result in nothing happening

I'm currently trying to create a bootable USB with Windows Server 2019 on it. I've used diskpart to clean and format my USB drive and create a new primary partition. After I mount the Windows Server ...
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Bootable media not working

So i have Ubuntu installed in my system. I formatted the 8GB usb stick (mbr partition) created a FAT32 partition and copied contents of ISO. After sometime i notice error in copying because install....
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SD Card Partitions Corrupted

https://imgur.com/6o4fFa6 : Screenshot of partitions I have a Micro SD card on which I was trying to burn a Raspberry Pi boot image. The write process stopped at about 2% saying "Fatal error: ...
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How to fix USB not showing up?

I was trying to make bootable USB for windows 7 for my friend with rufus tool.It worked fine,but when i restarted my Windows 10 I have stopped seeing my USB.I see it in DISK MANAGMENT though:
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Windows installation starts back up once installation is complete

I recently finished building my first ever pc. While installing windows 10 onto this pc, I encountered many issues since I was using a bootable USB formatted on a Mac. I got through all these issues ...
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BlInitializeLibrary failed 0xc0000017 error after random shutdown

My computer was running perfectly, as normal, then shutdown and started going into a bootloop, getting to the first windows 10 loading step, then restarting. When I forced it to shutdown, and started ...
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InsydeH20 BIOS does not recognize my bootable Windows 10 USB device

I created a Windows 10 bootable USB device for my laptop, but the UEFI/BIOS doesn't recognize it in the Boot menu (while pressing F12). I'm booting with the UEFI boot mode, and my boot menu has only ...
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How to boot parabola linux from usb from grub command line?

I'm trying to boot the parabola usb drive from a grub command line. (I'm running libreboot on a X200 laptop and my grubconfig on it is a bit messed up) currently I just try to load the kernel and ...
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SSD not recognizing in BIOS after troubleshooting Windows boot

I have just built my new PC (parts: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/zMKtsk) and I'm trying to boot Windows from a USB hard drive (that I've successfully used before) onto my SSD (a Samsung Evo SATA 6gbs)...
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Does chroot make effect on bootable usb-pendrive?

Let's suppose I put my Linux usb-pendrive inside my PC. I start the system and the I use chroot to apply same changes to the system. What happen if I reboot the usb-pendrive? Are the changes I made ...
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Refresh EFI entries that show under efibootmgr

When I type efibootmgr into the terminal I get output that looks a little something like this: 0001 Ubuntu 0002 Windows 1001 Random Partition 1 1002 Random Partition 2 1003 Random Partition 3 Now ...
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Live-USB vs Bootable-USB vs USBwithOSonly

So much confusion amongst those three. Say I have a Laptop with C: drive only which is crashed and not booting up..probably a corrupt MBR or MFT...and I want to recover the C: Having not enough ...
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Create a bootable Mac high Sierra OS X on Ubuntu

I have a problem. I tried installing cubes off a bootable USB on my Mac running Catalina. But it would not install. So I pulled the pin and now it will not boot into the Mac OS X. So I installed ...
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Fix the order of Windows partitions to free up 'lost space'

I am not sure how I managed to do this, but somehow I incorrectly ordered the partitions when installing Windows 10. This happened months ago so it is a little too late to reformat and start again. ...
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How do I install Kali Linux (Not Live) onto a USB?

The last few days I've been trying to install Kali onto an empty flash drive. I flash a second drive and run the graphical installer, choose the empty flash drive as the disk to install onto as well ...
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Windows will not boot from new SSD

I am trying to migrate my current C drive with Windows 10 installed (250GB M.2 SSD) to a 1TB M.2 SSD. Both are physically installed in my PC. I used Macrium Reflect to clone the drive to the new SSD, ...
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Does windows media creation tool on copy any of my personal files on USB ( like photos, etc.)?

My friend asked me if I could make bootable W10 USB for him. I used media creation tool option. Now because it makes it from windows on my pc I want to know if my personal files are safe (is there any ...
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How can I create a multiboot USB drive? i.e. one USB stick that can be booted to Windows, Linux, diagnostic tools, etc

I'm aware this can't be done with Rufus, and I've tried YUMI to no avail. I use several diagnostic tools on a regular basis (Hiren's Windows Boot CD, Lenovo utilities and a lightweight Linux OS) and ...
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Using smart phone as bootbale external media

is it possible to turn a smart phone (while retaining its core functionality as a smart phone in some way) into a bootable media so that you can use it to do the heavy lifting on a lower spec laptop, ...
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Windows 10 bios how to enable booting from USB device?

does someone know how to solve the following problem? I like to boot from a bootable USB device on Windows 10 When clicking on advanced restart options and selecting boot from USB, it says that the ...
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Are all bootable flash-drives created equal?

I sometimes have a flash drive that is a bootable drive, and would like to use the drive for something else (erasing the files on it) but without losing the option to use it in the future. The simple ...
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How do I create a portable Mac OS flash drive?

How do I create a portable Mac OS flash drive? I installed Linux on my MacBook Air, but I would like to be able to boot into Mac OS to play Minecraft, since it's much faster for some reason. I have a ...
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Create Bootable usb for Win 10 1909 from Ubuntu/KDE Neon

I have KDE Neon installed on my laptop and I want to dual boot with windows. I downloaded Windows-10 ISO from Microsoft download page. This is Windows 1909 version. I have tried many approaches ...
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How do I make an MS-DOS bootable USB?

I'm trying to install Windows 1.0 on a PC and I don't know how to make the MS-DOS boot USB. I have MS-DOS version 5.0 bootdisk ISO from https://www.allbootdisks.com/download/iso.html I have tried ...
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Accidentally made my hard drive a bootable disk to restore previous files [duplicate]

This morning I tried downloading Windows 10 on my portable hard drive, not knowing that when I did that it would turn the whole hard drive into just a bootable disk. It seems that the files are still ...
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Windows/Linux Bootdisk ISO

I am currently producing a bootdisk (similar to Medicat) that will boot live/installer linux and windows PE/install. I have managed to get bootmgr to load on the ISO but it says boot/BCD is missing. ...
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How to test windows iso usb boot

I just created a windows 7 iso to usb drive boot. How can I test to make sure it works. I used the windows tool I found online. Thanks!
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Rufus 3.8 creating windows 7 iso [closed]

I am using rufus 3.8.1580 to create a windows 7 64 bit iso on a 16 gb flash drive. Do I go with the automatically selected options of rufus got and uefi (non csm) ETFs file type. Or do I change it to ...
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How to use rufus to create bootable usb(Sony 16GB) for WIndows 10 iso file(Win10_1909_English_x64.iso of 5.04GB size)?

Downloaded file Win10_1909_English_x64.iso Size of downloaded file - 5.04GB USB - Sony 16GB USB 2.0 (14.4GB available space) Downloaded Rufus 3.8.1580 Using diskpart and typing list disk shows there ...
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Cleaning drive and installing Windows

Today, while trying to install windows on my machine i used rufus on mac instead of the windows media creation tool on windows and that somehow nessed up my installation. Windows booted only after ...
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Bootable Windows Iso and live Ubuntu Flavors on same Drive

I want to put bootable windows 7 iso and all the Ubuntu flavors on same either large flash drive or a external drive. I also would like to be able to run these flavors as live instead of installing it....
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How can I create a bootable Mac OS with an image of the EFI and OS partitions?

I recently installed Linux Mint on my Macbook Air, and saved my old OS to a couple disk images (The EFI and the OS). I created two partitions the exact size of the EFI and OS images on an external ...
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Create Windows Installation Media with Updates

I often need to install a specific version of Windows 10 from a flash drive; however, the problem is that after I install it, it needs to install security updates from the internet, which takes an ...
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how to configue vmware workstation 15 to boot a virtual machine from a bootable usb drive

I want to try a lot of tutorials as given here windows tutorials (tutorial index) So I need to prepare a lot of live USB sticks or USB sticks in the formats in which tutorials mention.Most of these ...
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How does dd know about correct disk label when burning iso to usb?

I used dd to burn arch linux image to usb stick, but now I need to store additional files on the same usb stick. The usb stick is read-only after dd so I decided to format it manually. The stick was ...
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Create Bootable Windows USB

My friend's old laptop got a new hard drive, and we're having trouble installing Windows. The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite E45t-A4300 and originally ran Windows 8.1, but did not come with install ...
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How do I create a bootable copy of my operating system on an external HDD?

I have a MacBook Air which I'll be installing Linux on, and want to copy the operating system to an external hard drive so I don't lose my files. I tried using Clonezilla, however it does not show up ...
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Disable computer to boot from CD or USB in windows 10 build 1809

How should I disable boot such as CD,DVD,USB in Windows 10 Build 1809. I went to BIOS but couldn't find the option to disable the Removable Drive and CD-ROM Drive
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Can I boot from a hard drive which contains a copy of the entire filesystem?

I have a MacBook Air, which has a 120GB SSD. I copied the entire file system to another hard drive by just click-and-dragging the root directory. Is it possible boot from this hard drive? I know I can'...
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USB 3 stick very slow after creating a bootable usb with Rufus

I created a bootable windows 10 usb with Rufus and when I didn't need windows on the usb anymore I reformated it back to defaults so I can use it as a normal usb like before, but now when copying ...
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Bootable Windows 10 USB doesn't boot up in Linux

I want to install Windows over Linux. I followed these instructions (https://itsfoss.com/bootable-windows-usb-linux) to create a bootable Windows USB. I got the Windows ISO from here (https://www....
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Create bootable usb with rufus on a pc with Bitlocker enabled

I want to create a w10 bootable usb from a pc with bitlocker enabled. Everytime I plug an usb drive pc asks me if I want to encrypt the drive etc. When I have tried to create a bootable I receive the ...
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How would I create a bootable ssd with Linux that can work on multiple machines

I bought a ssd recently and am trying to make it bootable for Linux, I have downloaded the Linux .ISO onto a USB and have then installed Linux onto the ssd and partioned it with a 8gb swap, 500mb efi ...
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LG Gram install Ubuntu with USB

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 18 LTS on an LG Gram 17 laptop. I created a bootable USB with the Ubuntu 18 image. I disabled already secure boot and also removed signatures (I think it is called setup ...
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Unable to read FAT32 formatted drive in Windows 10

My Dell XPS13 notebook will not read any FAT32 formatted drive, be it a USB flash drive or the bootable UEFI partition. This is preventing me from: Updating Windows 10 Entering Safe Mode Reading ...
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Can we copy recovery usb files to another recovery usb as bootable

I am using HP 15-DK0045TX Gaming Laptop which has Windows 10 Home. I created a system recovery USB drive by using the "Recovery drive" application inside Windows 10. My doubt is, can we boot from ...

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