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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Initialise USB devices before hard disks during grub2 boot

I have a CentOS installation on a portable USB stick, with a grub2 installation on it's first partition. The system can boot when there are no internal hard drives plugged into a machine, but fails if ...
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If I install linux to a USB thumb drive, would it become a live USB?

I need a live USB that functions like normal install, with the ability like install app, add/remove user account etc... the guide on the internet which I have found require me a Live CD, but the linux ...
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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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How to create dual mode usb liux, bootable and startable directly from a Windows OS as virtual machine

I have found many tutorials about create a bootable live Linux image, but I whant to create a very particular USB-linux pendrive that allows me -to boot Linux image using the native harware if ...
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Live linux distribution that includes TrueCrypt, to be used for data recovery [closed]

I want to be able to use a CD/USB bootable "live" linux distribution to: read a truecrypt volume mount local drives Ubuntu Privacy Remix seemed perfect as it does include TrueCrypt, but it ...
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Convert Debian Live USB persistent filesystem to a standalone installation

How would I convert a persistent filesystem (live-rw) from a Debian Live USB to a standalone, bootable installation that can be run on a VM? What I've tried Chrooting and installing a bootloader ...
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How to delete temp folders created for live booting?

I have followed this document for live USB creations for opensuse13.2, https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/USB_flash_installation_media. Accidentally, i have used sd instead of sdx, hence it created ...
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How to install OS .tig file in a Live USB using Ubuntu?

I have an Windows 7.tig extension file, and I want to install in a USB, for I create an USB Live using Ubuntu. How can I do this? Is necessary to convert before? Thanks!
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Is there any “non live” distribution of Linux that can be run from a USB drive, AND allow access to files from Windows?

I tried installing a "pen drive" version of Ubuntu from PenDriveLinux.com, but since it was a modified version of Live Ubuntu (i.e. that usually runs from a CD), it had some kind of custom ...
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Is there an Arch based live persistant distribution?

I'm currently installing Archlinux on my new computer but Windows seems to be installed using UEFI and I'm quite in a rush right now and I don't have time to install Archlinux using EFISTUB or ...
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Why do my identically prepared USB sticks differ in one byte?

I have two identical USB sticks (TrekStor 16GB) prepared as following with the c't bankix image. Preparation using GParted: Deleted the existing partition Created a new DOS partition table ...
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Repairing from Live USB

I need to repair a network related package (Samba) that is preventing my system from booting. (mint 17). I have a bootable USB stick with the same OS. How would I fix the broken package on my hard ...
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What is mintstick.py and how to install it?

In Linux Mint, unlike in Ubuntu, I see two separate launchers to handle USB sticks, one only for formatting, the other for writing image files to the USB stick. In the task manager I see in fact ...
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Kali linux throws ' isolinux.bin missing or corrupt ' error using USB 3.0

I'm having the same problem as this question, with a Live USB Kali Linux with Encrypted Persistence. I've downloaded kali-linux-1.0.9a-amd64.iso from the www.kali.org for my 64bit machine. And I've ...
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Unable to launch Fedora 18 LiveCD using USB device

I just bought a new motherboard which has BIOS and UEFI. I have a previously working LiveCD installed on my usb, created with LiveUSB Creator. I tried using it to boot but got stuck at the grub ...
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Install Ubuntu live USB to USB or computer

I have a live USB with Ubuntu 14.04 with things I have installed and deleted, and preferences that I've changed on it, and am wondering if it's possible to install Ubuntu onto either another USB, or ...
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Unable to create a multiboot usb stick with MultiSystem

Installed multisystem on Ubuntu 14.04 for multiboot usb. When I start MultiSystem GUI, is shows me the usb device being mounted on /media/usb0, But when I select and hit confirm, I get the error msg ...
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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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Ubuntu on macbook won't boot from USB

I cannot boot Ubuntu from my macbook. I have tried the official Ubuntu walkthrough for creating a USB boot stick (located here: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-mac-osx ) ...
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How can one make a hot-pluggable live linux USB, similar to WIndows to Go

I like the functionality of Windows to Go, a way of running Windows on a USB Drive. Especially, I like these two features of it: It is hot-pluggable, I can unplug it, and as long as I plug it in ...
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linux mint 17 mate usb install: ntldr missing

today, I have been trying to install a desktop with linux mint 17 (xfce of mate). the install of xfce almost completed, but near the end, I got an error message saying the installation got stuck and ...
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Add driver to live distro?

I am using Lightweight Portable Security, and I need to add the FGLRX driver so I can boot it on my system (R9 200 is keeping it from booting). Is there a workaround? Is there a way I can just add the ...
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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 ...
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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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Install linux on a usb without rebooting

What options do I have if I'd like to install manjaro on my usb-stick without having to reboot my maschine. In that manner I can do my work while Linux installes. And when the installation is finished ...
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Non bootable disk error with bootable USB drive

I have used UNetbootin to make a 4GB USB stick into a bootable media but keep running up against the same problem. I removed the partitions and formatted the USB drive as MBR and added a single FAT32 ...
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Mount error during arch-linux installation

I'm trying to install Arch-Linux from a USB stick. I copied the iso onto the stick using Unetbootin and made changes to the syslinux file as per the wiki. But the installation throws up a "mount: you ...
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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 ...
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Multi-touch gestures in GNOME 3.14

I'm trying out the GNOME 3.14 live ISO and I would like to test multi touch gestures as well as Wayland session. The promotional video shows multitouch gestures to zoom in and out, show the overwiev, ...
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Running Ubuntu 14.04 from USB, can I Install Ubuntu on my HD without losing my persistent Live-USB data?

I've been running Ubuntu from USB for a few months and now I want to install it but without losing any of the data that I’m working on (data on the USB). Is this possible?
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Live USB with just X-Forwarding and SSH abilities

I have a few programming classes at school (we're learning Python) where we use rather old hardware. They run Windows XP, and usually they all somehow have a few issues (no HDD at boot, unexpected ...
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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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Is it possible to chain GRUBs? [duplicate]

SO I have a weird idea of a setup, and want to get an idea on a best possible way to do it I have a thumb drive I want to put Ubuntu and Kali on as a dual boot, at work I use windows and want to be ...
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How to try every bit of a Linux distro without installing it?

Using a live CD\USB to try a Linux distribution failed me to test aspects like graphics\wireless drivers. I remember when I tried an Ubuntu live CD it was loaded using a virtual machine so I couldn't ...
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Liveboot Kali does not detect filesystem

To preempt some questions: yes the boot flag is set, it works correctly when on a computer using EFI I used dd to burn the Kali .iso (64 bit AMD) onto my USB. It works fine for EFI machines, however ...
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automated script to transfer live linux root?

is there a script that can make a bootable copy of the currently running live (ubuntu) root partition from a booted hard disk to another (then bootable) hard disk and/or bootable USB flash disk? such ...
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Live USB stuck in software rendering mode

I recently aquired an Aspire E15 Touch from the store to find i had a bit of an issue with using Linux Mint or any Linux distro for that matter. At first, Mint booted, i heard the splash noise, but my ...
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Debian live-build mounting /home

I have a working liveboot usb, with persistence. It has two partitions, one being the actual os, the other containing an image file that is the persistence. The desired result is a live usb with one ...
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How to re-install syslinux on a re-formatted (fat32 to fat16) partition

I wrote an .img file containing a custom debian distro to a USB stick via win32diskimager program. The stick doesn't boot on my older motherboard, returning: SYSLINUX: No DEFAULT or UI ...
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How to install software to a multi-boot live CD

Okay, so I am creating a multi-boot live cd with various linux distributions including Debian and Mint. Each distribution will be used to focus on diagnosing and/ o repairing a specific issue best ...
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Why didn't I get the same result after installing the OS as when using Debian Live?

Yesterday, I tested Debian Live 7.6 with non-free drivers using a USB stick. I used that because the completely-free version was not recognizing my wifi and video drivers out-of-the-box. Everything ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What parts of the filesystem to tmpfs/squashfs/sparseimage for USB live system

I want to create a live system on a USB key / SDCard with Linux Mint 14 (KDE or Debian Edition) that stores data persistently. The USB key needs to have at least one fat32 partition. As storage for ...
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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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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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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 ...