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 to create BitDefender rescue USB drive from Elementary OS?

As the title says. I am a Linux noob and can't seem to find an app to do this. I have tried using Unetbootin and on boot I got the following error: linux.c32: not a com32r image Google tells me ...
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How to Run `reinstall xkb-data` for Broken Installation in Live USB?

I would like to run the following command for the installation that has broken /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/us. Editing the file, restarting, just puts the false parameters there back again and again. ...
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Redefining partitions from Ubuntu live usb

I created an Ubuntu live usb: $ dd if=/path/to/ubuntu.iso of=/dev/sdb I installed my distro. Now I want to turn my usb back for a normal storing use. $ lsblk sdb 8:16 1 15G 0 disk ├─...
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Linux-live-USB boot on Intel MAC - Unetbootin / need help!

I am able to make a "linux-live-usb" and boot successfully on MAC by using Mac OS X Disk Utility to partition the USB (GUID partition table) and then using UnetBootin(on linux) to copy the ISO over, ...
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Does copying files to live usb damage the installation?

I've made myself a live Ubuntu stick (with persistence if that matters) but I can't boot into it from the PC I'm currently using (boot menu is restricted) Can I save files onto the USB without ...
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Trying to create a bootable usb drive for kali linux

I was wondering how I create a bootable usb kali linux drive for mac. And when I create one, is the usb drive a temporary os, like every time you plug it in it switches to kali linux and when you ...
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BusyBox on persistent USB Livesystem

I fiddled a bit with creating a Live USB stick for creating a LFS system on my new computer. To make this easier I wanted to store some persistent data on it as well (settings, GCC, make and such ...
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Using chroot to restore Kubuntu 14.04

I have accidentaly purged some system files and now Kubuntu 14.04 won't boot past the start up logo. I read online that I can perform changes on my system through my LiveUSB and the BASH chroot ...
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How to change grub boot menu on a (formerly) live linux system?

So I converted a usb live linux install (Tails) from USB to virtualbox using VBoxManage convertfromraw. For it to boot in virtualbox, I need to remove one thing from the boot commandline (live-media=...
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Fixing Kubuntu from LiveCD

After uninstalling some programs on Kubuntu 14.04 today, my system crashed and after restarting I can not get past the pulsating Kubuntu startup logo. I believe that while uninstalling the programs I ...
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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 ...
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Can't boot from live USB after Debian install

I've recently installed Debian on my old Itautec pc, from a live USB with a Jessie net install. Everything was working fine, but after trying to restore configurations from an old server, I ...
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Is it possible to install deepin onto the same cooldisk (siliconpower 16GB USB3)?

I have made my flash drive bootable using deepin-boot-maker and I have Ubuntu on my computer now. Is it possible to install deepin onto my flash drive from it? I mean: create a partition for ...
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Alternatives to Debian Live for persistent Debian system on USB

For the last six years, my main workstation has consisted of a pen drive running the Debian Live images with a persistent partition. The images were simple, brilliant and reliable, and the online web ...
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How to make bootable pendrive for Kali Linux in UEFI system?

I tried making a bootable pendrive for Kali Linux in order to dual boot Kali Linux with Windows using Rufus on my laptop. I am using GPT drive and UEFI system. But Rufus gives the error that the ISO ...
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Can't install BlackArch on Live USB

So I have the following problem. I want to install BlackArch on an USB. I downloaded the Live ISO (64Bit) and used PowerISO to make a bootable USB. I am on Windows 8.1 so I hit WINDOWS BUTTON + C, ...
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Boot Menu won't boot USB for Debian install

I'm trying to install Debian Jessie on my Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga II. I created a usb using UNetBootin with the ISO image, and when I start my laptop with the usb in, the "Boot Menu" comes up, it gives ...
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Create encrypted live USB Kali or Ubuntu (Debian) [closed]

I'd like to: Configure Linux os, for example Kali or Ubuntu for my needs. Then encrypt the WHOLE bootable USB drive. If it's not possible to encrypt the WHOLE USB drive, maybe leave just /boot ...
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custom ISO Bootable USB not working

I made a custom CentOS ISO using the link. My custom OS works on the Virtual machine, but I'm unable to install it using a bootable pendrive. Where could I be going wrong?
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Unable to install Kali Linux in Asus ROG GL552VW

I am trying to install Kali Linux 64-bit rolled version in UEFI mode so created a bootable USB using Universal USB Install, created /EFI/BOOT and copied .efi files to it. I turned off secure boot. I ...
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Update non active linux installation

We have several linux (Centos) live usb drives and I was wondering whether it was possible to just mount and update them from a linux desktop (running from a HDD) instead of booting and running yum on ...
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Install Linux Distro on USB Stick

I'd like to install a full linux distro on my usb stick. I already tried Lili USB Creator, but it did not boot correctly(I had the option "Install" and "Try", but after that I had a black screen). It ...
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Boot from live usb with persistent option

I have a "live cd" copied to a USB stick, which successfully boots on a PC, including the persistent that uses a casper-rw partition. But now I wish to boot this, including the persistent option, in a ...
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How to load an openSUSE live USB?

I've followed the instructions here: Create a Live USB stick using Windows I've managed to get the openSUSE loading screen up. One of the options is to install openSUSE the other is to boot from HDD,...
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Installing Kali on a Dual partition USB

I have been looking for a couple of days now but can't reach a solution to my problem. (Just for the record, i am a complete noob when it comes to Linux based systems.) I have a 32GB Kingston ...
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Install linux on USB drive, using single USB drive

Setup: a PC with working linux (Ubuntu in my case), one USB drive. No other removable media available (i.e. no CD/DVD drive, no SD card, no other USB drive...). Task: install a linux (Fedora in my ...
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Portable linux with disk-encryption: Which type of storage is better? SD-CARD or USB-STICK

So, as stated above, I mainly address some people, which may have made some experience with a portable os and various storage-types. As we know, the good old HDD are the most durable types of disks. ...
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*Updatable*, Bootable, Persistent Linux Installation On USB Flash Drive

Linux Live USB Creator looks really promising, but mentions their persistence prevents updating the kernel and other system-level portions. Is there any way to install a Linux distro to a USB so it's ...
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USB flash drive formatted as “Linux Live CD” keeps the CD-ROM name after re-partitioning

I have an USB flash drive that I formerly used as installation medium for Linux Fedora. The stick still has the "Fedora Live USB" installation files on it. When I insert it into my olde laptoppe, it ...
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Booting CentOS from live usb on OSX El Capitan

I have been trying to set up a live usb to use to study for the RHCSA/RHCE certification. CentOS launches and gives me the launch page I choose the standard option, I have not tried text mode etc. ...
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Debian live USB has no EFI boot driver and cannot be installed on an Acer laptop

I have created two live USBs in two separate pendrives: The first one has an ISO image of Debian. The second one has an ISO image of Fedora. Equal conditions My laptop: Aspire V11 Touch (aka ...
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Cannot start Kali in Live mode

I have created a bootable usb with the latest Kali version (2016.1), and it works. In the boot menu (see gif below) if I choose Live (amd64) or Live(amd64 failsafe) it starts doing something but then ...
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Create a UEFI bootable USB stick from an ISO image with GParted

I am aware that the issue of creating a UEFI-bootable USBs has been covered far and wide. However, from the first round of research I ended up feeling that the information gained is either hyper-...
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How to recover a totally dead USB?

I have been loading a USB with an .iso image to run Ubuntu live. It worked on Apple and did not on other laptops. After wiping, re-downloading, re-formating, re-partitioning to try make it work, it ...
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Debian Livestick with additional software

I've got a bunch of USB-Sticks with Debian for teaching young students HTML, PHP and MySQL alongside Linux. Because it has been decided (not by me) that I'm not allowed to install Linux on our school ...
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How to install ubuntu on live USB stick that I booted from?

I have a old netbook with single USB port and broken harddrive. I've somehow aquired a 16gb lubuntu 15.10 willy live USB. I want to use this as primary OS on my netbook. Since I don't have access to ...
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Copying “live usb” install from USB stick to portable Hard Drive

I have a bootable install of Linux Mint on a usb stick (ie a "live usb" install). It has a writable partition so that i can have persistence between one session and the next. I've copied off the sdb1 ...
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How to make Elementary OS persistent?

I have Elementary OS on my 2 GB USB Stick. I burned the ISO file on the USB Stick using Rufus. Unlike other softwares, Rufus doesn't have Persistence option. Now I want to use the remaining space to ...
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Kali USB persistence is not saving data

I've made a bootable Live USB Kali Linux using Mac Linux USB Loader (with Persistence Manager as well). Everything works well, then when I tried to create an empty file on the desktop and reboot Kali. ...
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Apt-get does not work in live-usb environment

I am working on a small project which requires Linux. So I made a live-usb for Ubuntu 14.04. I tried to install g++ and some other stuff but the apt-get does not work. It shows that I have unmet-...
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Can I save changes in running a live distro in persistence mode?

if a make a setting changes in persistence mode, should I get the changes after a reboot or not? Dom
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how to run a script start-up on live distro?

I'm using a live distro installed on usb drive (persistence mode) Is any way to run a script automatically when machine starts?
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Kali Linux 2.0 live USB updates not working

I can boot from USB drive to Kali Linux, but when I reboot the system, all previous updates and files saved just vanish. I have done almost everything the Kali Linux official documents tell me to do, ...
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Making wifi work

I'm running Debian Jessie 8.2 from a live boot, from a USB stick. It works; I can boot and use it normally, but I can't connect to WiFi. I've read that I probably need non-free drivers, (but right ...
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How can I set SliTaz' root partition to be persisten?

I'm using SliTaz on a Live USB. I created this Live USB by writing the SliTaz 5.0 RC-3 release iso file to the USB drive with dd. I already found out how to make the /home directory persistent by ...
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Linux Multi Boot USB Kali

I am trying to fix a problem I have on my multi-boot USB drive. I had it working with Backtrack R3, but now would like to use Kali since that is the latest version. I cannot get my Kali menu option to ...
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Remount Arch Linux installation CD to download some additional packages

According to this post I can: Start the livedisk again, remount your drives archroot into your root partition and then install the packages you need and everything should work. However, I ...
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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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Customized distro to live-USB

Need to run lubuntu in several workstations, but can't replace the existing distro. Also need to have Octave running, but it's not included in lubuntu. I would need to install Octave and the scripts ...
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Live OS freezes while copying files

I was trying to backup many files (~10,000) from a hard drive on an OS-less notebook to an external 500 GB HDD, so I booted up the Fedora 22 Live XFCE spin using a USB, started the copy and after 5 ...