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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Boot Mint from USB flash on macmini3,1 (with rEFInd installed)

This seems like the Holy Grail: I have installed rEFInd 0.8.3 on my macmini3.1 (late 2009) and have verified that it works correctly: it intercepts the boot process and displays an icon for OSX, and ...
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forgot to luksClose usb persistent partition, is this a problem?

Following the Kali Linux documentation for "Adding USB Persistence with LUKS Encryption", I created a persistent partition and encrypted the volume with: cryptsetup --verbose --verify-passphrase ...
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Live-Build Debian blank desktop

Following the example in the live-build manual, I build the iso, and run it with qemu. The only difference between what I did and what it says to do is in the package list, where vim and tmux ...
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What live linux smaller 2GB and with pre-installed `wpa_supplicant` is suited best for Gentoo installation?

I have a mid-old laptop that I want to use for learning more details about Linux, so I decided for a first-time Gentoo installation. I can only connect via WLAN to internet with this laptop. My router ...
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Mount /home to USB Live Linux

do you think that it would be possible to somehow mount /home folder with all the settings to Linux that runs as Live CD from USB key? Imagine that you have /home partition on the disk in the laptop ...
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How to fix a Live-OS image that says Invalid

I was running Fedora-20 off a USB stick with persistent storage till I stupidly ignored a warning & filled up the persistent image. Now boot fails, because it cannot mount the root filesystem ...
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UEFI and Puppy Linux

I recently installed Puppy Linux on a USB stick using the Universal USB Installer, but I have not being able to boot from it. My notebook came with Windows 8 and had the secure boot activated at UEFI. ...
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Very weak wireless connection on Debian live image install

I'm having a problem with the wireless connection on a fresh install of Debian 7.4 which I didn't have before, I had Debian installed before and WiFi was working great, the only thing that changed ...
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Persistent folder missing from home folder, despite correct password and no errors

Tails 1.0 on stick 1. Password entered correctly on login screen for persistent storage (otherwise it would complain.) Booting from another (older) Tails stick, stick 2, can unlock and mount stick ...
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Start linux in text mode

I know that it ask so many time, how to boot Linux in text mode; but all solution that i got is on installed Linux system, not on fresh system. Is there any way to load any Linux in live mode in text ...
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Install Fedora 20 via USB CD check failed

I am trying to run Fedora 20 (Fedora-Live-Desktop-x86_64-20-1.iso) from an USB stick on my laptop. Unfortunately I keep running into these warnings: Warning: dracut: Fatal: CD check failed! Warning: ...
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Can't create a bootable (live) usb flash for arch linux

I created a bootable usb from which I was going to install Arch. I did this the following way: sudo dd if=/path_to_arch_.iso of=/dev/sdX But when I tried to boot from this usb flash, I failed. ...
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Simplest way of getting a bootable linux flash drive + VM in Windows

I realize tools for making a flash drive image that boots a linux system (for example ubuntu) are common enough. I'd like to get a flash drive like that that also lets me use the system inside of ...
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Live Linux distribution with preinstalled NVIDIA CUDA support

Is there any Linux distribution with preinstalled NVIDIA CUDA support that could be launched from a live CD/USB drive?
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Optimal rootflags for rootfs for ext4 file system running on USB thumdrive [closed]

I have made myself a bootable USB Debian 7 thumbdrive, using debootstrap. It boots nicely - but occasionally freezes for a bit. I can see the load average is much higher than the running tasks should ...
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Cannot Boot New Linux From USB

Recently, I got a new laptop, the MSI gx60. I grabbed a usb and loaded the Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon image onto it, tested it on my old laptop and desktop, where it worked. However, when I try it on my ...
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Is it okay to run my system off a flash drive?

I've been running my main system off a Linux persistent LiveCD flash drive for a couple months. The drive has a 2 GiB fat32 boot partition, and a 12.91 GiB ext2 casper-rw partition. I'm ...
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Installing Linux Mint Live USB

First, let me just say that I'm relatively new to Linux, having been forced to use it since the recent death of my hard drive (although having used Linux for a few weeks now, I wish I'd tried it ...
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How to use casper-rw file for persistance

I have my USB stick setup using Easy2Boot. It allows me to drop ISO files onto the USB drive and boot from there no config or tweaking needed. I have been doing research on making it persistent. I ...
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How to install Kali linux on to a specific (existing) partition on a USB stick

I'm endeavoring to put Kali linux onto a USB stick - I know it's already written up, but I'd like to use only a portion of the total space (the aforementioned link will use the entire drive space). ...
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Generating grub.cfg without Linux installed

My dual boot machine went haywire yesterday, and seriously corrupted the Linux partition. Among the corrupted files were: The entire /boot directory Quite a few stuff in /bin "No problem", I ...
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Preparing USB drive for Kali Linux

I'm new to Kali Linux. I want to install it on my PC which is already running windows 8. I know how to dual boot a PC. I'll be booting Linux from a USB device, but while creating a bootable USB ...
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How can I chroot into a live filesystem.squashfs Linux distribution?

I would like to chroot into a Live USB Linux distro, if such thing is possible. I don't know if there is a generic method, so I will detail my specific test. I am testing Kali Linux v1.0.5 Live USB ...
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Root access denied in LiveUSB of Portues

I am on Live Linux USB of Porteus linux and I copied it to RAM. I want to access root folder for making changes so that settings gets saved. but this is showing up
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Can I Install packages on live linux os?

I want to install some more software on sabayon live and they should be remained in USB for later use. Can I install packages on live Linux OS?
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Kali (former BackTrack) installing dropbox

It might sound weird, but I've created a persistent (ext4) Kali live USB* and I'd like to install Dropbox on it (and maybe even Firefox). Since it's based on a very old Ubuntu version I thought this ...
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How to create a Debian live USB with persistence?

I would like to use Debian wherever I go by installing it on a USB flash drive, but I'm not sure how to make it save the settings and be able to install/update packages without loosing them on ...
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Best usb boot drives for Linux?

I am looking for a buyer's guide on usb boot drives that will be used for booting Linux distros. Specifically, I have the following concerns: Should I opt for USB 2.0 or 3.0? Are there size ...
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System freezes upon executing any boot option in a live USB installation of Mint

Problem I'm trying to install Linux Mint 16, 64-bit, MATE using a live USB. The boot option menu itself is responsive and work as expected. However, when I execute any of said boot options, the ...
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syslinux change partition from fat32 to fat16 on an usb stick

I wrote an .img file containing a custom debian distro to a usb stick via win32diskimager program. Unfortunately it doesn't boot on my older motherboard, returning: SYSLINUX: No DEFAULT or UI ...
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Booting from usb fails as I try to install elementary OS on my PC

I'm trying to install Elementary OS Luna on my PC. The problem is that every time I try to boot from my usb, on which I've got the OS installation files, it fails. First I press F12 to get to the ...
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What changes may break a live persistent USB installation?

From my experience it looks like the persistence feature is just an enhancement that provides some space for remembering supplementary changes (installing supplementary software, like office suites, ...
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Kali Linux Live USB boots into text mode. Unable to Start the GUI

I am booting kali Linux from the USB. But it boots me into Kali login prompt. When I provide the credentials for root. It gives me root prompt.root@kali. Any pointers please on how to boot into GUI ...
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mke2fs/fsck has left mounted NTFS(hda1) drive with only a lost+found folder

I had a messed up win XP (NTFS) HD on laptop due to some registry settings being deleted. So I thought I would just boot in a live Linux CD and move repair/system to config/system. Try DSL, hda1 ...
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Window Manager / Desktop Environment Testbed

It is quite difficult to get a profound overview of the available desktop environments and window managers. To experience their look and feel in action without the hassle of permanently altering my ...
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Which format to use in USB BOOTABLE linux? NTFS or FAT32 [closed]

While formatting USB for making it a BOOTABLE USB for installing LINUX. Which format will be better for my 8gb Pendrive. NTFS or FAT32? Edit: Using LIVE LINUX USB creator
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Installing Android 4.3 onto my computer not working

I'm trying to install android 4.3 onto my laptop but when I boot my LiveUsb and click Install it doesn't show my main hard drive as a place I can install to. It just shows my EFI partition for storing ...
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Persistent (casper-rw) Dropbox keeps prompting to reconnect

I use Linux Mint as my main operating system, but I run it off a persistent casper-rw partition on a flash drive. (I don't want to install it to the disk because my laptop screen is broken, and if ...
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Partition USB to raw partition

I'm now running Window 7 and I want to install Manjaro Linux on the other disk on my computer. In the installation guide, the author said: Should your attempt to write to a USB stick still be ...
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Computer wont boot with any media after installing wine on Ubuntu 13.10

Yup. I can boot into anything (meaning the os part), like a cd/dvd, a live usb, or the os on the HDD. i can boot into the first screen, which i think is called the grub selection screen and whatever ...
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How to mount a flushed hard disk in Xubuntu

I want to recover data from an internal hard disk with Windows Vista. I`m using a live CD of Xubuntu. But when I write: sudo fdisk -l I obtain only the USB disk in which I have Xubuntu live. How ...
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Boot everywhere live USB

I want to create a live Linux USB, that would have support for old and new devices (probably having two kernels installed, that you chose on boot, depending on the PC using). I would also like to be ...
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Startup with USB Puppy without BIOS control

I'll preface by saying I'm a complete linux newbie. I have Puppy Linux all ready to roll on a USB drive. I know that I can set the boot order in BIOS to do USB first. But what I want is to be able to ...
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Building an Arch Linux based live CD/USB

After bootstrapping my Arch live CD, I try to install the archiso package with: pacman -Sy archiso but I get: error: failed to commit transaction (conflicting files) archiso: ...
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Would my downloaded Ubuntu, require an Internet Conncetion?

So I download a setup of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS of about 600 MB (don't remember the actual size) and burned it on a USB using unetbootin. So, Is that Ubuntu, the Offline Installer? As I cant run online ...
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Setting up multiboot .iso usb using syslinux

I have followed jakgibb's tutorial for creating multiboot usb stick using syslinux. I want to boot linux live .iso's directly from USB drive using syslinux instead of method provided in ...
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badblocks and “end_request: I/O error” in output

I have 500GB disk in my toshiba laptop, I tried to do backup of files in this HDD but it failed few times (ubuntu just closed copying operation or unmounted disk during copying files). So I boot my ...
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How I can select a partition to install fedora?

I have a problem on installing fedora. I have already installed windows 8, and I have two different partitions (C (for windows), and D(for data)). I had also shrink the size of D by 50 GB, in order ...
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Manually cloning a Live USB Arch distro to a VMware virtual disk

I installed Arch Linux on a pen drive with yumi, based on syslinux. I would like to test the USB distro in VMware. To speed up things I would like to clone the UFD as a VMware virtual disk (vmdk). ...
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How to install persistent ubuntu 12.04 on USB drive?

I spent an entire day trying to figure out why my USB ubuntu installation was not being persistent. Yes, I did check the "persistence" option and assigned a file size for it during installation. I've ...