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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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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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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How to check on which drives grub2 has actually installed an MBR?

I'm on a Debian/Squeeze system (with a history going back to at least Woody) which was upgraded to grub2 as part of the Squeeze upgrade. All works well, but I'm about to mess with the disk ...
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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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Cloning a bootable USB stick to a different-sized stick

HARDWARE: 2 8GB USB flash drives DISTRO: Mint 9 Xfce persistent Live Cd One USB flash drive has two partitions: 1) FAT32 700MB Mint 9 partition 2) ext3 7.3GB casper-rw partition GOAL: I want to make ...
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Is there any way to boot from iso while running system from live disk?

This is bit complicated question let me explain what is expected: I know that we can add GRUB menuentry with location of ISO file and boot from ISO using GRUB entry. (i.e this method) But suppose ...
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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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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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What is the proper way to create a bootable image of my system?

Wouldn't it be nice if I could just get my system set up right after I install it, with all of the themes and programs and SDKs that I want, and then just save that snapshot? Like a backup, except I'd ...
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How do I boot from ISO file stored on hard disk?

I know that I can create/burn bootable CD/DVD or live USB and can boot/install from it. But suppose I am currently running GNU/Linux and I've ISO file of another GNU/Linux that I want to install on my ...
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Transferring Operating System from VM to Physical System

I have Ubuntu 13.04 running in a VM in VirtualBox. Originally, I was just trying it out, but now I've started using it a lot, and I have many of my programs and files in it. Is it possible to transfer ...
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Configure fstab for a bootable usb

I'm trying to clone a partition and make it a bootable usb. I've made two ext3 partitions (just like the installation I'm cloning). The first one is small and has grub/ and the kernel. The second ...
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How to install Linux distro to a second hdd from within a running Linux Desktop Environment?

The title says it all! More specifically, I am running Fedora18 on my main HDD. I have a second HDD in the "UltraBay" slot of my ThinkPad W520--eSata connection. Is there a possibility to avoid ...
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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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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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Bootable image with LAN drivers

I'm looking for an image which will boot quickly (I assume it'll be linux) and have LAN drivers- for sending TCP / UDP packets to another system in the same network. Ideally, if possible, I would like ...
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Installing Linux on hard disk that will be used by another computer with different hardware

I was given a laptop with a totally dead display. I do not want to pay to replace the broken display, but I would like to use the laptop as a server and connect to it via SSH to control it. I have ...
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Mini ultra light linux boot on a USB key

I don't have linux. I'm on Windows (XP or 7). I'd like to have just a linux USB key only to boot and have the command line to launch some command line programs. How may I simply create that USB key (...
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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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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 ldlinux....
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Can I use Clonezilla to backup and restore a bootable USB volume?

I have this external USB HDD that I've installed Lubuntu 16.04 and Windows 10 on as a dual boot. They are portable installations that I can take around with me and use on a variety of computers and ...
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Create a bootable clone in Linux

I have a working Linux system (Centos 6.7) which I would like to clone to a bootable hard disk. The hard disk is also internal. The purpose of the clone is for disaster recover as well as to allow me ...
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How can you configure a system to be bootable from most modern systems?

How can a Linux system be installed on a portable storage medium so that both BIOS systems (e.g. a ThinkPad) and EFI systems (e.g. a Mac Mini) can boot to it? The reason I ask is because I tried ...
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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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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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Terminal: create bootable USB from iso

How can I create a bootable USB stick from an iso image? I thought dd should do the work, but so far I were unsuccesful. This is what I've tried: umount /dev/sdx deleted every partition on sdx ...
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Multiboot USB with extra first partition

I would like to create a 64GB multiboot usb drive. I want the first partition to be a 32GB fat32 partition so that I can use it for accessing files from windows. (Windows only displays the first ...
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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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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 ...
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Can one make a bootable device with several distros of Linux?

I think this question explains itself. But here are some more details anyway: Many Linux distributions have "live USB's" which one can use to try and install that distro. However, that pen must often ...
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How do I install Slax to a usb stick?

I want to install Slax on my usb stick, but I just can't get it to work. I tried copying the contents of the .zip file to the usb stick, and I got to some grub rescue thingy. I also tried Unetbootin, ...
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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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Making a bootable pendrive for custom kernel

I read the tutorials to make a mimalistic custom kernel from here and am able to boot it up as explained in the tutorial over a virtual machine using GRUB as the boot loader. I think it would be more ...
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isolinux: Disk error 01, AX=0201, drive 80

I have an old Medion MD 8818 desktop PC with MS-7318 mobo with Phoenix AwardBIOS 6.00PG. I'm attempting to run Zorin OS 7 Core on it, but the PC won't boot my 32GB Sandisk Cruzer Switch USB stick ...
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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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Mounting root filesystem while booting through network

I have two systems, let say one is the server and the other is the client. I want to load kernel image from the server to the client through the network. I used dhcp (isc-dhcp-server) and tftp (...
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sfdisk failing to write partition to disk [closed]

I am trying make my microSD card bootable to Ubuntu. I am trying to use sfdisk to create the partitions. When I do that this is the error I am getting: Using sfdisk to create partition layout --------...
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BIOS don't recognize my bootable USB [duplicate]

I'm currently using Ubuntu 13.04 on my ASUS F201E laptop. I'm trying to install I want to install Linux Mint 13 "Maya" - MATE (32-bit) because it's meant to be more compatible with my hardware. I've ...
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Compiling Linux kernel for a router [closed]

I want to make an installable linux kernel that has routing enabled already. So anyone can install it on their machine, do some configuration as required, and machine will work fine for their routing ...
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Unable to create Kali Linux bootable USB with Windows10/Ubuntu

I am trying to Triple boot Kali Linux with windows and Ubuntu. Ubuntu and Windows 10 are both already installed on my Dell-Inspiron. I was following the tutorial at this page to make the Bootable Kali ...
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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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Making a real universal bootable Arch pen drive

I've followed this article, and been able to get a fully working 32-bit installation on a Kingston DataTraveler 8GB pen drive, with a BIOS boot partition, and a home/root ext4 file system without ...
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Make a bootable USB from an ISO

I'm trying to copy entire iso including mbr into a usb device, the iso is an output of kernel compilation with make isoimage, the problem is it won't boot from the usb. Thanks. fdisk on the USB ...
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Recompressing standalone vmlinux ELF file

I have a vmlinux file with no source code, header files or any other peripherals. What's the easiest way to convert it into a bootable zImage?
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Why doesn't my blockdev config change execute from rc.local on reboot

I am (probably obviously) a relatively new Linux user, so I'm already bracing for the barrage of "why aren't you doing it this way instead..." comments. I'd love to hear them...but I would also really ...
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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 can'...
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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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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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How to create a bootable usb stick to any distro linux using terminal

I am working with 'dd' command, and I have a Ubuntu Mate ISO, my stick is sdb, these are steps: umount /dev/sdb1 sudo dd if=/path/ubuntu-mate-16.04-desktop-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdb but this does not ...