This tag covers questions/posts pertaining to creating/using/configuring/troubleshooting "bootable" media as well as system files and options related to loading/accessing/entering system distributions, operating systems in the context of their current and intended usage environment.

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How to apply grub theme to a live usb?

This is my setup, I Have installed grub on the usb using grub-install command in the /boot directory. I copied 3 iso's on the usb Manually created a grub.cfg file to boot into the iso's. So I want ...
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replacing windows 8.1 with CentOS 7

A new computer came pre-installed with Windows 8.1. It is an Acer Aspire T desktop. I would like to completely erase windows 8.1 forever from the machine, and replace it with CentOS 7. How can I ...
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Live Media that tells me where a (regular) boot gets stuck?

I can't reboot my system, even after restoring from a backup it gets stuck during the boot process. It does not show any boot log while booting, and nobody has ever found a way to make it show. ...
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SliTaz, usb stick, unable to mount iso or to find a filesystem on it rootfs.gz

I deleted every partition on my system, even the partition on my usb stick. Then I created a partition with SliTaz which I'm currently on. But then I found out that my usb stick didn't get discovered ...
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Yumi, shows an error when I run it

I installed yumi on Linux Mint 17.2. When I run yumi,it shows the following error: This application has raised an unexpected error and must abort. [43] Access forbidden. FMain.INSTALL_SYSLINUX.252 ...
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Live Fedora 22 on flash drive fails to boot

I downloaded the fedora 22 iso, and used WindowsXP-Rufus to make a flash drive bootable and put the iso onto the flash drive. Unclear if relevant - I had to manually download ldlinux.bss and ...
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How to dualboot Win7 and Chrome-OS on Netbook

I have tested Google Chrome OS (aka Chromium OS) using a USB pen drive, or more precisely Chrome OS Lime by Hexxeh. Since I like it I would like to install it along side of my pre-installed Windows ...
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How to install Ubuntu on a USB drive ext4 partition?

I have a 32GB USB drive with 2 partitions, Partition 1: FAT32 used as storage Partition 2: ext4 intended to be a bootable live Ubuntu 15.04. How can I install the Ubuntu ISO file to the ext4 ...
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Protective master boot record boot flag - GPT

On an HP Elitebook 8760w, the BIOS does not support GPT well and I have found that it does not like GPT formatted boot disks which is default for many *nix platform installers. FreeBSD and OpenSuse ...
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How can I fix/install/reinstall grub?

So I started out with a 250GB HDD, the stock drive from an EeePC 1015pem that I am trying to turn into a MintBook. The drive is physically operable, but all data has been nuked, including the old OS. ...
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How to install Linux Mint from DOS?

I want to install Linux Mint 17.2 on my computer. Unfortunately, my computer doesn't have a CD-ROM (so I can't boot from Live CD). It does not have a capability of booting from USB drive (so I ...
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Linux from Scratch to bootable disk image

I competed LFS 7.6. I want to know is it possible to make it into a bootable disk image that can boot in to different systems?
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How to move a PC's Debian to a USB and remain fully bootable?

I have a 64 GB USB 3.0 drive, to which I'd like to transfer (in terms of file system and grub2 bootability) the Debian Jessie installed on the SSD of my retina MacBook Pro. I am looking to do this in ...
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Creating a Debian ISO by merging all 3 iso parts to one for booting via usb

I've downloaded the Debian DVD installation images from Debian, that's been split into 3 parts. I want to create a USB installation disk by merging all the 3 ISO to one ISO. Here's the list of the ...
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Making persistent USB with minimal OS on os x

I am looking to turn a 8g usb into a bootable drive with a minimal OS. All i want is an OS that will allow me to use vim, nothing else (no internet/any other services). I basically want to turn a usb ...
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how do I do a command line only boot of CentOS 7?

Can someone please explain how to trigger a command line only boot of CentOS 7 from a USB boot stick? I want to boot the terminal only and then use the normal CentOS 7 terminal to swap out the ...
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FreeBSD on Raspberry Pi2

I want to build FreeBSD custom Image for my Raspberry Pi2. I have read about the boot process in RPi2. I also went through the chrochet build instruction document. I learned from some websites that ...
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Create a Bootable (UEFI GRUB) USB for Ubuntu & Windows 7 Install

I want to create a Bootable EFI USB to install Ubuntu & Windows 7 (maybe with utilities like PartedMagic). I did that using MultiSystem previously. However, I am using GPT and Windows install ...
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Why will a linux usb boot on my personal pc but not on school computers?

I'm enrolled in a linux class right now and one of our assignments was to make a bootable flash drive. My friend is also in this class but he didnt know how to do it so I just made one for him. It was ...
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Writing ISO file to USB

I need to write a windows7 iso file on my usb stick. I had been used to this task. I usually either use the dd tool, or unetbootin. Surprisingly both don't work today. With dd I did the following : ...
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How to Install Fedora (not create bootable USB)

I have searched Google for how to download Fedora, and all I find is how to create bootable USB. Once I load Fedora from bootable USB how do I permanently install Fedora from USB onto my laptop?
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boot from usb flash drive

I have a Sony Vaio SV-E14A2M1E with Win 8.1; and I just created a bootable USB with Linux mint 17.1, but I can't boot from it. I've done a bit of research, but I'm not sure with what I've found.
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What are the [internal] steps involved in making USB drive 'bootable'?

Whenever I have to install a new Linux distro, I create a bootable USB from the distro image using some specialized program like UNetBootin. Recently, I tried to do for Fedora using 'dd' command, but ...
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how can i assemble my components (kernel, initramfs, rootfs) into a single bootable image?

I have created a compressed rootfs, kernel, and initramfs. I have a syslinux configuration that boots my rootfs/kernel to RAM. It works. However, I'd like to have something like image1 which ...
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Boot from virtual usb drive in qemu-kvm

I want to create multi-bootable USB with GRUB2. But I don't want to use physical USB stick to experiment with. How can I create virtual USB to play with it as it is real device using qemu? I want to ...
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How to I diagnose and repair “not booting” in an existing installation?

I installed Mint 17.1 on a fresh SSD, along with Clonzilla in another partition, and rEFInd in the EFI System partition (more details vide infra). It worked on the bench, but now put together in the ...
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What is the “Bootable flag” option when installing a distro?

Is the "bootable flag" needed in today's distributions? If not, then Why is it still in the installers? What is it exactly?
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Need help creating a Live SD card

I'm having a bit of of a nightmare. I'm trying to create a bootable SD with Arch on it after failing miserably earlier today in VirtualBox fdisk output : Disk /dev/mmcblk0: 32.0 GB, 32010928128 ...
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How to create a bootable Linux installation USB from an ISO in OS X?

I downloaded the ISO for Debian's net installation to a computer running OS X. I want to put the data from the ISO onto a USB, so that I can install Debian on another laptop (not an Apple laptop). ...
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How to create multi-bootable OS from USB drive in Mac OS X

While Googling and tried with some instruction from many website introduction including Youtube and also been get through this article http://apple.stackexchange.com/q/130221/116741 but still can't do ...
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Making bootable media from a running OS

I have a Kali Linux installation (VM) which I customized so much with custom bash & python scripts plus installing quite a few additional software, I would like to know if it is possible to take ...
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Unable to boot ArchLinux from LiveUSB

I'm currently using Windows 7 on an AMD-A4-4000 APU - and I'm completely new to Linux. I made a LiveUSB of ArchLinux using Universal USB Writer. Now when I tried to boot from the USB Device - I got to ...
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Make a bootable CD without ISO file but from a CD

I have a Windows XP CD which I want to install on a USB Drive. However my own CD drive is broken. I have a friend's laptop on which Windows 7 is installed (and no idea if it has a CDROM of not). ...
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Trouble installing <distro> onto correct partition for a dual boot

Some of the context might not be relevant to the problem so feel free to skim through the rest of this post but essentially what I'm doing is trying to install an operating system onto the KAOS ...
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Creating ISO Bootable Image from a CentOS (Linux) system

I have a Linux machine (CentOS 5.8) on which I have installed multiple applications and tools (with yum and few others after compiling the source code) on it. As I have spent considerable time in ...
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Creating a bootable 'system profiler'

I'm trying to create a program using a small linux distribution that can be booted from a USB (kinda how DBAN operates). The program with simple output system specs upon request, no GUI, simplicity is ...
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install grub from grub bootable cd-rom

I want to install grub from grub bootable cd-rom. I found the instruction to make grub bootable cd-rom at ...
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bootable usb creator without default bootloader

I want a program (a linux command is more preferable) to create a bootable usb drive but all the programs which I have seen have a default bootloader which they install but I want the bootloader in ...
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What tools sould I use in Bootmed?

My Mom has an Acer Aspire E1-472P 6860, and Windows has gotten corrupted and kind of just failed. I've started to use bootmed os to recover data from the hard drive. This is the error I get when ...
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Antergos installer says I have no /boot partition

When attempting to install Antergos(Arch-based Linux distro) I am told that it cannot install as I have not specified a /boot partition, when I appear to have done just that. I have attached a picture ...
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Recover data from HDD

This Monday I wanted to make a boot-able USB-Stick with a Knoppix .iso on Linux. I used the "dd" command to do this. Situation: 1. Laptop with Linux Mint on it 2. HDD mounted to System (.iso File ...
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Make a Custom Linux USB stick

I'm trying to grab a Linux ISO[1] and put it in a usb stick then chroot into it install some stuffs and make it bootable. The USB stick should be persistent, bootable, and use aufs (I don't know ...
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Recovering windows boot files to pendrive

Here's my problem, i recently installed linux mint on my laptop so now i don't have to use it on my gaming pc. However when burn windows image on pendrive and try to boot it i only get a grub recovery ...
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dual boot from two different harddrives, windows and lubuntu not working

I have a computer with two harddrives. I first installed my Windows 8.1 on my ssd taking up the whole drive. Then on my second 2TB I made 3 partitions. 1TB is dedicated to external storage, 500GB is ...
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How to create a bootable USB stick with Debian Squeeze

Using Ubuntu, I want to install Debian Squeeze on my PC with a bootable USB stick. I found this tutorial: Plug the usb key in order to find the device location: $ df -k /dev/sdb ...
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Live Distros: UBCD boot Deft, Caine, and Tails from Custom Menu

I'm building my own UBCD and I'm using dual layer to fit 7.5Gigs Useful resources for UBCD customization: The SYSLINUX Project UBCD Customize Casper Man Page Live Boot Man Page Here's my ...
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Can I create a bootable distribution backup

I'm interested in trying out a couple of distributions, but for extended periods of time (so using a LiveCD is not really an option). However, I would like to create a backup of my current ...
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Unable to set partition type correctly using parted

I'm trying to create a bootable USB stick with FreeDos for BIOS updates in Centos 6.5, following instructions from: chtaube.de I created the empty 30MB img file using dd: [root@dumbledore ...
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Howto to boot an attached external hard disk (without formating)? (Solution: Repair grub easily)

I have a former internal hard drive, which I now use as external USB drive. I tried to boot from it, but it doesn't work (2 PCs tried, on my: blank screen + blinking cursor). This - I think - is ...
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UEFI - Linux Mint Boot from USB Doesn't work

I'm running Linux Mint (only OS other than in VirtualBox) and wanting to remove it. I've created a Live USB of Windows 8 using Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool - Yes, I know it says Windows 7 but I've ...