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Questions tagged [bootable-media]

For questions about bootable devices such as Flash Drives, CD/DVD or Hard Disks.

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PC won't identify Linux Live USB. “non-system disk or disk error replace and strike any key when ready”

I installed Mint 19.1 Cinnamon and it was working poorly. The USB port were not identifying flash drives. I tried lots and lots of things (really, lots of possibilities), but nothing worked. Then I ...
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How to format a bootable Windows USB flash drive on macOS

I have assembled my computer and am having trouble booting my OS of choice (Windows 10), apparently due to a “missing media driver.” I only have a MacBook (2010, El Capitan OS X) to format ...
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How do I create a bootable copy of an internal hard drive?

I have an old laptop that is starting to die. I have really important programs and files on that laptop, and I'm worried that the hard drive will soon fail. Is there a way to create an exact copy of ...
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Windows 10 bootable USB drive when install.wim >4GiB

Starting from a Windows 10 ISO image file with >4GiB install.wim (including current Win10_1809Oct_language_x64.iso of like 4.8GiB built 2018/10/30), how can I make a USB drive that is bootable ...
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Win 7 Professional

Machine crashed during power outage and failed to boot afterwards. After running EasyRE and Dell Restore and Recovery, system became bootable and appeared completely intact. Attempting to image disk ...
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Creat a Bootable Read only Partition in USB

i have 128 Gb of USB Stick and I want to Make a Read only bootable Partition of 32 GB put some bootable software or my windows backup in it and use the remaining storage as normal storing device ...
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Can I boot from a separate partition on my SSD?

I have a failing 3.5" drive, which I want to try to investiage with SpinRite. SpinRite wants to be installed on bootable media, but I don't have a memory stick to hand. I've noticed via Windows ...
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Bootable External Hard Drive Windows 10 while have Files

It is possible my external hard drive to become bootable windows 10 while it have files like videos, music, document?
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How to make a bootable Windows 10 install DVD from an Install.wim file?

I have a GPD Pocket, and I downloaded the firmware for the device from GPD's official website. The firmware was in a RAR file, which I extracted. In one of the folders, there is an Install.wim file, ...
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Can't install linux on old Asus A2H

I found an old Asus A2h laptop and I wish to install Lubuntu 16.04 LTS 32bit on it. I tried everything to get my work done; when trying to boot from usb I get this: DISK BOOT FAILURE: INSERT SYSTEM ...
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How can I add my product key permanently to a Windows 10 install USB drive?

Good evening, I am trying to activate a Windows 10 IoT Enterprise CBB install permanently with its license key by using the DISM tool. I have found this topic which explains how to do it (mounting ...
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How to boot from USB on an HP with BIOS of INSYDEH20 v. 3.5

I rebooted many times with known-good USB drives in different ports. When I get to the boot choice (hit ESC at BIOS splash screen, follow prompt OR just F9 at BIOS splash screen) I see the internal ...
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How can I make an EFI-bootable partition on an external drive, keeping the existing partitions?

I have a 64GB flash drive with Linux on it (as if it were a hard drive), which I would like to shrink and add another partition to. But to do that, I need another Linux install to shrink the ...
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Making ISO from Pen drive or creating bootable DVD with cutom install.wim and boot.wim file

I know there have been many question has been asked in this site (for example: this one) and also have many many answer but not answer does not fulfill my requirement, that's why i am creating this ...
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Windows Bootable Flash Drive & ISO Image

I have a new Windows 10 laptop on which it has a recovery partition. Do I need to create a bootable drive using USB in spite of having a recovery partition? The second question is, can I create an ...
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Booting Windows installation, while the files aren't in the root directory, from pendrive with grub2 installed

When I install grub2 with grub-install command on pendrive with one ntfs partition, open .iso file with Windows, and copy all the contents of it into its root directory, I can successfully boot the ...
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Disable the “format disk” dialog

I have a USB flash drive which has Linux installed on it. Now what I do is insert it into my computer and boot it inside an VM. Works great. The only problem is, that Windows always asks me to format ...
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ReactOS won't boot (black screen) [closed]

I recently tried to install ReactOS, and did so by: Downloading the .iso from SourceForge. Writing it to a USB drive using the "Make bootable USB stick" option on the Nemo file manager (for Linux). ...
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USB Windows 10 “inaccessible booting device” error

I upgraded my internal hard drive which contained windows 10 pro, I wanted to keep the old drive as an external USB booting drive (connected through SATA USB adaptor ), now when I try to boot from it, ...
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Bootable USB not showing up in boot menu in UEFI

Suddenly my Dell, Windows 10 system wouldn't boot and the Dell service representative asked me to reinstall the OS. On using a bootable USB created using Windows 10 media creation tool it just wouldn'...
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Creating multible bootable partitions on USB drive from terminal? (macOS)

I have a 64GB UBS flash drive, and I want to divide this in multiple partitions. Then I would like to put a different bootable volume on each partition, for example various USB/Live versions of ...
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GrubX64.efi not found error

Facing grubX64.efi not found with UEFI boot install. I am using rufus to convert it to usb and the strange part is, EFI folder(iso) has the following files: "BOOTIA32.EFI,BOOTX64.EFI,fonts,grub.cfg,...
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How can I add UEFI and GPT support to Hirens BootCD for a bootable USB created Rufus?

I am trying to make a customized Hirens BootCD that will be bootable for a UEFI with GPT support. I plan on using Rufus. When I currently attempt this Rufus prompts me for a ISO image that has UEFI/...
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How to setup a Freedos with old Kernel version (2026a) to system

I bought a laptop with Freedos 1.1.26a build (2026a) and I formatted it to Windows 10. Now I want to get it back to Freedos with same version before. A solution on web was saying that formating where ...
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Windows 10 ISO on USB stick won't boot

I've been trying to install Windows 10 on a Thinkpad R60 for two weeks and went through several tutorials on how to create a bootable ISO on Linux/Debian 9. This one finally seemed to work (i.e. ...
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Restore bootable USB flash drive to normal

I’m trying to create a persistent installation of Parrot OS on my 16GB USB flash drive. I made the mistake of making the USB flash drive bootable without partitioning the drive into 2 in the beginning....
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How can I run macos High Sierra in Linux using Qemu?

How can I run macos High Sierra in Linux using Qemu? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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If I copy a bootable USB drive to another USB, will it create a duplicate bootable drive?

I thought it's kind of a dumb question but a search with Google seems to indicate that it is not even possible to copy/paste data on a bootable drive to another USB? But even if we were able to copy ...
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Remove GNU Peppermint Linux loader

Story: I tried to do a full install of Linux Distro Peppermint 9 on a USB stick. I went through the install process clicked custom and installed to the USB stick I succeeded but not how I wanted. I ...
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Having trouble making a live windows USB

I've been attempting to make a bootable windows USB and keep failing miserably. I formatted a brand new 32 gb USB to fat32. The first thing I tried was Windows Media Creation tool. It got through ...
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Making bootable USB via XCOPY method not working

I found a method to make a USB bootable via CMD here: Bootable USB flash drive from iso using windows CMD (I can't find the tutorial...) However, my USB did not show up in the boot menu. My ...
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Rufus can't see my Kali .ISO

I have an Iso file on my desktop. I go to select this in Rufus to make a bootable drive and it doesn't see it's existence. It saw this very iso when it was in my D USB drive but I had to move it ...
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Create USB flash drive with two partitions: first to boot, second to store data - for Windows, not Linux

I know this should be simple but I cannot for the life of me find info online about how to accomplish it. What I'm after is: With a 32GB USB flash drive 1. Create small (1GB) FAT32 partition 2. ...
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No partition active; Reboot and select proper boot device

I am experiencing the following issue, after having tried to install Kali along Windows 10 on an Asus ROG 551J: I have first installed Windows, then Kali. Trouble is, Grub did not install properly ...
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USB drive bootloader that redirects the boot process to an ISO image

I'd like to have a bootable USB drive that contains a boot loader that can prompt to select an ISO image to continue booting from. In this question I've already provided an answer containing a tool ...
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Windows 10 recovery only works in UEFI

I can't boot into Windows 10 anymore. I created a USB Recovery disk, however the recovery-disk only boots up in UEFI-mode, but my Windows-SSD (that I want to recover) is only being recognized in "...
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System Repair Disc vs Windows 10 on USB Stick

Windows 10 Home. I already have the Windows 10 installation image on a USB stick. Is there any benefit for me to create a "System repair disc"? Or can I accomplish the same thing (fixing unbootable ...
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Alternative to Rufus for Windows Vista [closed]

Are there any alternative to Rufus which would work on Windows Vista? I need to make a Windows 8.1 bootable UEFI USB and a Windows 10 bootable UEFI USB. Thanks!
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Can't Format my USB disk after trying to make it an install bootable key for Linux

Few days ago, I wanted to install CentOS 7 on my computer, without passing through a VM. I downloaded Win32diskmanager to make a bootable disk with an installer for CentOS from an ISO I downloaded on ...
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Cant get Red Hat 7 USB out of Emergency mode, ( vi /etc/fstab not showing at all)

I'm having an issue with a bootable USB I made. So this is an ongoing project that I have been working on for a while now. Basically, I installed red hat 7 onto a usb so that the usb is essentially ...
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Live USB boots into emergency mode after being DD'ed from source USB

I have a Live red hat 7 USB that I made, and I dd'ed the first 5 gigs of it into a .raw.gz that I then zcatted to the new USB. The new USB boots, however for some reason it is booting into emergency ...
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Creating a multi boot usb drive containing windows to go, Ubuntu and falcon fours

hi I am new to the world of multi booting, i am trying to create a multi boot usb with, windows to go, Ubuntu and falcon fours. i tried using yumi but there is no option of installing a win to go, i ...
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Windows 7 starts normally when trying to boot from USB

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium The title pretty much says it all, I'm trying to format this laptop of mine and I can't do so, because windows is booting normally When I click on USB option ...
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How to turn a raw.gz image file into a bootable ISO?

I have a raw.gz custom image file that was an image capture someone sent to me. I was able to use Rufus put this on to a USB and boot from it, however I am trying to turn the file into a bootable ISO. ...
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Windows 10 Unable make a bootable USB using Power iso

While i was making a bootable USB using Power iso in Windows 10 I opened power iso with administrative rights and it showed.. "failed to make bootable USB at Sector 0" What is it and how do i over ...
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installing OpenMediaVault 4 from usb stick fails with “failed to create file system”

I've been trying to install OpenMediaVault 4.1.3 from an usb stick on my HP Microserver Gen8. I created the boot stick in various ways (dd, etcher, UNetbootin) but during installation (in the ...
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Any way to install Raw.GZ image file to a specified hard drive location from a Bootable USB environment

I have a Bootable USB that I created which is running basic redhat 7.5. the job of this USB is to be used as a boot device that will boot a basic version of Linux so that I can try and install an OS ...
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Can I install Ubuntu on an Acer Swift 1 out of the box

I am looking at purchasing an Acer Swift 1 laptop. But I am not interested at using Windows at all. Do Acer laptops, and more specifically the Acer Swift 1, allow me to access the BIOS on startup, to ...
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Is it possible to store multiple Apple ASD images on one bootable USB?

If I wanted to create a bootable USB flash drive that contained 20+ images of various Apple ASD images as an "all-in-one" solution for ASD, is this possible? The total amount of data is a bit over ...
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Changing laptop OS from Liinux Mint 18.2 to Windows 10

My current laptop is running Linux Mint 18.2. I want to change it to Windows 10, but I'm unable to do so. I created a bootable USB drive with a Windows 10 ISO image from here. I followed the steps ...