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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Unable to boot Windows without USB in

I recently attempted to install ubuntu 14.04 on a USB flash drive so I can use it on the go. I burned the ISO to a CD and booted it by doing try Ubuntu without installing, and then I clicked install ...
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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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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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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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Live Kali Linux only showing Black Screen and a mouse pointer

After struggling with USB 3.0 on creating a Live USB version Kali, I've finally managed to actually boot it up and then use the apt-get update + upgrade + dist-upgrade successfully. But here comes ...
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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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How To create a FreeBSD 10 bootable USB?

Currently I am Using Linux Mint 17 and I want to dual boot FreeBSD and Linux Mint 17. How can I create Bootable USB for FreeBSD 10? I tried Unetbootin, Image writer and powerISO but it's not working....
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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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Why do LiveUSBs use squashfs (and similar) file systems?

Every LiveUSB I have encountered so far uses squashfs or some similar method of "faking" and ext4 file system, while actually keeping the partition type already found on the USB flash drive. Why don'...
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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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Live USB repeatedly gives error 'Failed to load ldlinux.c32'

I'm trying to put Ubuntu on my desktop. Right now, it and my laptop are running Manjaro 3.18. I've been using Unetbootin to create the live USB on my laptop. I've tried several different versions of ...
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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 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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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 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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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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How to create a bootable USB with Windows?

How would I go about creating a CentOS 7 bootable USB drive with Windows? I've read the howto page for it and it says that Unetbootin and Universal USB installer won't work for CentOS 7. In addition, ...
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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 ...
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Making persistent USB with minimal OS on os x

I am looking to turn a 8Gb 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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Unable to boot After removing old kernels

I removed old linux-image and linux-header files to free up space in /boot. I did this first by purging them in the terminal. Then, when I noticed some issues with how the the operating system ...
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How could I create sort of a “CLI Kiosk mode” at system startup?

I created a script that, when executed, leaves the user with a blank screen where he can only type, much like a typewriter. It's a Python script, and I intend to port it to pure Bash eventually. Now ...
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How to boot Linux Mint from USB drive via Grub2

I am trying to install Linux Mint Cinnamon 64 bit on a USB drive so I have a portable desktop wit persistence. I am trying to do this manually because I haven't fount a program that does this ...
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Debian create live persistence through Windows

I have installed Debian Live onto a USB drive and am wondering how to now create a persistence so that updates and other file are not wiped at reboot. I have looked at How to create a Debian Live USB ...
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How to boot using a squashfs image as rootfs

I made a squashfs image from my system root, I want to put it on a USB drive among some Live ISOs, and make boot menu using GRUB2. What kernel boot parameters should I use to specify that Squashfs ...
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How to restore casper-rw file to a casper-rw partition

New to Linux and using Mint 17.2. Started with persistent Live USB that ran out of space after a week. So made a backup of everything (entire filesystem) including the casper-rw file, created new Live ...
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centos 7 dual boot with windows 8.1

How do I install CentOS 7 alongside Windows 8.1 to create a dual boot machine? I did this easily enough on a Windows 7 machine using pendrivelinux. But that approach is resulting in a failure to ...
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Kali Linux not loading from USB

I had a working copy of Kali Linux on a USB and something happened and I accidentally formatted the USB. I have placed the 64 bit iso back on the USB with LinuxLive USB, and changed my boot settings ...
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Files stored in live distribution run from USB flash drive get deleted upon boot

I have a live 32GB USB drive which boots Arch Linux. Whenever I try to save a file on the drive (using wget), it gets deleted/cleaned-up upon shutdown/booting. For example, saving a file in /root ...
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Run CentOS 7 live from USB

I downloaded CentOS 7 from http://mirror.yourwebhoster.eu/centos/7/isos/x86_64/CentOS-7-x86_64-DVD-1503-01.iso and put it on to an USB. But when starting the computer with the USB in it, I only get ...
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How to make grub-mkconfig work on a usb device?

AFAIK grub-mkconfig and grub-update/update-grub commands only run on the device that they are installed on. I want to run the commands on a usb drive, but I don't know how to install them on the ...
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Fedora 22, disk-encryption passphrase, POST fails, dracut

I was in the process to install Fedora 22-3 on an Acer desktop with Windows 8 to create a dual-boot system. I believe to have followed reasonable guidelines on how to do this. (I reached up to point ...
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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 ...