Questions tagged [liveusb]

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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How can I boot a Live CD on laptop with broken internal hdd?

My laptop’s internal hard drive is broken, and while there is an SSD, it is 22GB capacity and is also not the boot drive. Whenever I try to boot from a Live CD (ParrotOS) it loops an I/O error (...
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Is Windows to Go Live USB isolated from the main drives of the PC?

If you create a Windows10 "win to go" portable flashdrive with the official ISO file from Microsoft's Website, and then boot from this UEFI USB, will this "portable" Windows10 system be entirely ...
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How do you access the BIOS if your machine boots too fast for you to enter it, but your OS is broken?

This is purely hypothetical and technically OS agnostic, but I usually see issues like this suffered by Windows 10 users who have got truly fast machines and have turned on Fast Boot. The process goes ...
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Tails on live USB flash drive freezes

I'm testing Tails 4.6 on a Terra USThree 32 GB USB 3.0 flash drive. The host system is an IBM ThinkPad R60 with 3 GB RAM. When loading multiple script-heavy websites on the bundled Tor browser or ...
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Security difference in using Linux by live USB vs. by VirtualBox?

Can an expert please explain me which of following three methods working with an OS is technically considered more "secure" - and why (pros/cons)? Security I mean aspects like: preventing any ...
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Can't use live USB

I'm having troubles with USB bootloaders. I tried two kinds of them but after loading files, it's stuck at windows logo (the first boot image is windows installation, the second one is Minitool power ...
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Cannot normally boot Tails from USB on Clevo N857EK1

I cant normally boot Tails on my laptop.It start freezing when I press button Start (See photo) or when choosing Wi-Fi. Please see my Bios setting.I try with different settings but it doesnt help.Also ...
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Issues about using an external USB HDD for multibooting & data storage [closed]

I’d like to use a 5TB external USB HDD for multibooting GParted, Ubuntu Studio 19.10 and Windows 10, while still being able to use it as my data storage drive. I know I could buy a 16GB pendrive for ...
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How can I boot/load my Armbian system into tmpfs?

I'd like to boot my Armbian system into tmpfs. Or I'd like to load the already running system into tmpfs, chroot into. Goal is me being able to take the SD card out and still have the OS running kind ...
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Why there's no DD image for Windows 10 UEFI+GPT+NTFS [closed]

I'm currently installing an Windows 10 and realized that, it's so difficult to create a windows 10 bootable installaion media. Since installaion.wim is larger than 4 GiB, FAT32 is not working. I ...
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How to know if the hard drive is corrupted or the iso or the usb?

I had deleted all the partirions of my internal hard disk and created an unallocated space for the clean installation of windows 7. I also have a bootable usb of windows 7. But when I boot from it, it ...
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Flash drive file system is different depending on device?

I have a Samsung 64 GB USB 3.1 flash drive, that was previously used as a Kali Linux Live OS. Recently, it has been formatted to exFAT, and it is used to hold all my personal files for projects and ...
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How can a drive appear in lsblk but not in the file manager?

As the only internal storage medium, I've recently installed a new and totally blank internal M.2 PCIe SSD in my Lenovo Ideapad. The Amazon link appears to give more information than Samsung's website,...
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How do I make a Kali Linux live USB with persistence

I bought a pretty large USB drive to turn into a live USB to use to boot Kali Linux on. I am doing this on my Chromebook, so I used the tool "Chromebook Recovery Utility" to flash the file (kali-linux-...
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Multiboot USB with OTG Windows

How can I create a multiboot USB with Windows On The Go as 1 of the boot options? Ideally with MultiBootUSB. Maybe I can create Windows OTG ISO from original one? Tried to find answer from Creating ...
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How do I get my USB back to its original settings after using as a live usb?

For your information, I'm using windows 10.The problems started after I used DD method with rufus to create a live Fedora usb. I'm not able to format it or create a drive letter or anything using ...
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How to get legacy bios to load uefi bootloader?

I have a liveusb, it currently works on an uefi computer. I encountered more and more computers which are uefi only and which are configured to boot only from gpt with password locked bios. But in the ...
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How to Completely Reset a Flash Drive? [duplicate]

Over the previous few days I have made a series of dumb mistakes while trying to encrypt my flash drive with BitLocker. I wasn't careful when setting the unlock password, and I misspelled it. I got ...
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Mounting as loop device fails with “wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock, …”

I tried $ mount -o loop ./live-cd.iso /mnt on a Live-OS image, which failed: mount: /mnt: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/loop0, missing codepage or helper program, or other error....
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Laptop doesn't boot nor enter bios

Model: samsung np300e5x Short story: The laptop doesn’t boot from anywhere (usb sticks nor cd) and I can’t enter bios (by pressing buttons nor via app menu). Long story: On the hdd I had Xubuntu ...
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Can't Create Bootable USB on macOS Catalina

After trying for hours, I'm still unable to create a bootable USB on macOS Catalina. I'm trying to boot into a Manjaro session. Steps I've taken. Download Manjaro iso. Format USB to FAT32 with GUID ...
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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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Live system vs guest (virtual machine) system

Suppose I had a custom *ix image file, and I wanted to use it for testing something, be it a program, a website or something else which I need to be in an isolated environment. If I make sure I was ...
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Would it be possible to download Kali Linux with the latest packages already installed?

Would it be possible to download Kali Linux with the latest packages already installed? I got this pendrive that I want to use with encrypted persistence, but installing the packages with sudo apt ...
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How do I recover my USB to a Normal state from a Kali Live Persistance bootable USB?

So, I made a Kali Live Persistance bootable USB but now I want to format and get it to it's normal state. Can someone tell me how to do it? When I try to just right-click format it, It shows the size ...
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Do software for creating Live Medias work whatever the CPU architecture of the target is?

So say with a software, you're flashing an image of Linux distro in a certain CPU architecture (say x86-32) to a USB drive & it's been know to work quite well. Then with the image of the same ...
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Getting Rufus to output to a disk image file

Basically, I require different Live USBs for different needs. I have a single USB drive & when I need to switch to another distro/OS, I simply flash this USB drive with the right boot attributes, ...
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Failed Live Ubuntu 18.04 LTS USB Drive with Persistent Storage

I've tried different methods to create a live persistent copy of Ubuntu 18.04 in my USB drive. However, none of the methods I've tried (Rufus, Live USB Creator, etc) keep the data saved after booting ...
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How can I create system image file from a bunch of backup files?

I have a bunch of system backup files, which I need to create a bootable drive or a live image on a flash drive. I tried to search for all the available post online for creating a system image file, ...
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Booting from Ubuntu 19.04 USB drive - no Installation dialog box, just background image

I want to use Ubuntu 19.04 (x64) as a live system ("Try Out") from a USB flash drive. But when there should be the "Try Out or Install" dialog box on-screen I just get the background image. It ...
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What USB size(32GB, 128GB etc) is good for black arch live?

I used a 16GB pen drive to make a blackarch bootable. When I boot from it, the working is okay but on right click I get weird options. In general right click on black arch gives terminals, browsers ...
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What is non-deterministic about remaking bootable USBs?

I have had extremely variable luck with bootable USB sticks, and over time I have become puzzled and wonder what exactly is going on. In threads such as this one and this one, it seems that I am not ...
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Blocked from BIOS and booting from USB by Harddisk Security

I bought a second hand laptop and was in the process of cleaning and resetting the hard disk until it started asking for a password and doesn't let me get to the BIOS anymore and also doesn't let me ...
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How to make a bootable USB and install Windows 10 using only Linux?

So I want to make a dual boot installation with Windows 10 and Ubuntu. In order to do that, I need to install Windows 10 first. The problem is that when I create an installation USB with a Windows 10 ...
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Ubuntu 19.04 Live USB Not Persistant [closed]

Ok, So I have been trying to create a persistent Ubuntu Live USB, I was successfully able to create a Bootable drive, but the problem is that it's not persistant, I have tried a lot of Tutorials ...
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Pendrive with CentOS Live USB not showing options to boot

I downloaded CentOS DVD ISO and created a bootable NTFS USB pendrive using Live Linux install program. When I was trying to install CentOS in my laptop using this pendrive, it booted from the ...
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Bootable usb gone haywire

I know it sounds like repeat questions but it’s not hear me out first. Thanks in advance! So I was trying to install Android x86 on a USB stick. I partitioned it with bootable ntfs. Installation ...
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What file stores the theme that XFCE uses on boot?

I'm working on a custom live boot of Debian with XFCE and I want to boot to a specific theme by default. I have the theme loaded onto the ISO so it's available when it boots, but it still boots to the ...
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Kali linux portable usb installation

So I downloaded Kali Light 64bit and decided to unpack it with rufus on my USB "W". Then I booted up usb W without any problems and did a full install on a USB "Kali". So after finishing the ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 boot from USB bricked asus rog B350-F motherboard

Already received a refund on the motherboard however, I still do not have the slightest idea why the board failed to boot the live USB and then Bricked. Any ideas?
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Can I solder an USB peripheral to an USB port?

I am using a wireless mouse and keyboard. They have dongle that I have to plug to USB port. By doing so, one or more of my USB ports will occupied. I can not use them anymore. One thing and the most ...
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Can BIOS record live USB usage? [closed]

Say I have a live Linux distribution (e.g., Slax or Tails) on a USB stick. Can a machine somehow memorize that such OS was used and when?
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Linux Mint 19.1 lagging/freezing when run off pen drive

I've "installed" LM 19.1 to a PNY 16Gb (2.0) pendrive. From the outset, it has lagged (severely) and sometimes freezes. Example: from "splashscreen" to fully operable "homepage" takes 8-10 mins. ...
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How to detect if Kali is run from Live CD in Bash?

What is the most reliable way to detect if Kali is run from Live CD or installed to disk?
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How can I get persistent storage on a Linux Mint 19.1 Live USB drive?

I have a 1T USB external drive, and I would like a persistent Linux Mint installation. It was made with UUI from a fresh Linux Mint 64-bit ISO, and I reformatted the disk and started over to get ...
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LiveUSB goes without firewall

I made a bootable USB to try another linux distribution. When the OS was booted up, I checked iptables and it was all ACCEPT. I suppose it's not safe to use with working internet connection. I may be ...
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How to install FreeDos onto a usb stick?

The FreeDos project offers a number of downloads, but all of these contain an installer that tries to install FreeDos from an installation media onto the harddisk. Selecting the mobile stick as ...
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How to create a bootable windows USB from Mac for Dell Inspiron 14

My friend had an issue with her windows laptop and she asked me to help. The laptop cannot boot properly anymore so I wanted to reinstall Windows from usb. I tried to restore but it didn't work. Since ...
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Gigabyte H110-D3a won't boot from GRUB USB running Arch

This issue seems to be pretty common on the web, but I can't seem to get anything to work. Basically, I've created a persistent Arch USB that's set up for mining. It boots and runs fine on my PC and ...
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Windows 10 died suddenly, can't access hard drive

I'm having a kinda bizarre problem right now. First of all, just to be specific, the problem is with a MSI GV62 laptop that came with Windows 10 preinstalled. To be completely honest, I didn't mess ...

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