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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Directly convert Archbang live on a USB drive to one such with persistent file-system

I have installed Archbang 2012.12.03 from ISO image on my USB drive, now I have a USB drive with a live Linux installed on it but at end of every session and rebooting system I faced with a fresh ...
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USB Linux with Wireless support

My friend has a laptop without HDD. I have installed Slax to a USB stick however it didn't recognize the wireless adapter. Are there any thumb Linuxes with support of variety wireless cards? I suspect ...
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Can't boot live USB of Linux Mint DE on my UEFI PC

I used the Universal USB Installer application to copy the latest ISO image from Linux Mint DE (64 bits) and install it on my PC, however when I try to reboot it I have the option to choose my ...
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Debian doesn't detect disks from Live CD

I've loaded from the USB stick with Debian Live CD on it to fix the MBR after a Windows installation. Suddenly I've found that fdisk -l shows nothing but the live USB itself. What would it mean? ...
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Live USB: how to access USB drive that linux booted from

Can't find it in /media or /mnt. What I want: live distro so I have guarantee it won't break and will boot/work every single time have access to directory on that USB drive for storage purposes, ...
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Very basic Linux for educational purposes

I want to play with Linux to better understand how it works. Thus, I am looking for a very basic and small Linux to play with. I tried small Linux distributions (which copy themselves to RAM), but ...
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What happens when I do “cat debian.iso > /dev/sdX”?

I'm creating a live-USB and don't understand precisely: what happens when I copy a file (or even a file system) directly to a device node (as opposed to a file system)?
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Creating a Live USB for Crunchbang

I am looking to run one of my computers on Crunchbang Linux, but I cannot seem to be able to find a way to create a live USB of it.
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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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Unable to boot from Fedora LiveCD

So I finally decided to move from Windows to Linux. But before that I have wanted to try Fedora distribution from LiveCD. So I downloaded Fedora 17 .iso file, unpacked it and then burned on my CD. I ...
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Linux Mint Live Not Saving Data

I recently used UNetBootin to install Linux Mint Live on a 2GB flash drive. However, I think the OS thinks it's a CD, and doesn't make any changes. If I install software, change settings, etc, it just ...
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Booting linux from usb using EFI

I need to use a USB drive as an installation media for my Mint and Ubuntu. For that I have unetbootin to make the usb bootable. But my PC only supports EFI boot (while adding the boot device, I need ...
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Converting a bootable USB into an ISO image

I know how to make a bootable USB, but how does one make an ISO image out of a bootable USB?
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Writing To Disk Before Install

I burned Pinguy to a disk, and loaded the disk. If I create files, then save them, but don't install Pinguy, and then take out the disk, will those files be gone the next time I boot from the disk, or ...
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Building a custom xbmc distro with ubuntu

How could you use Ubuntu to create your own distro of XBMC (ex. Boxee Plex)? Is there a site (I checked XBMC's wiki and found nothing) that tells you how to do this?
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Cheap thin client setup with Puppy linux?

Looking through the Puppylinux pages today, I wondered if it could be used to setup a low-cost thin client, that booted from a USB flashdrive or something. Considering these points: Low speed CPU ...
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Does “persistence” slow down boot and shutdown on a USB linux?

Essentially, my question is: how does casper-rw (IIRC) work? Every time it boots, it copies the entire file? Every time it shuts down, it recreates it? Also does its size affect the speed? RTFM ...
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What live distro can automatically accept usb tethering from android phone?

I want to take my old notebook while travelling. I have to boot up only from usb or cd though. I want to connect to the internet using usb tethering from my android phone (HTC Desire + cyanogen mod ...
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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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How do I configure syslinux to boot immediately

I'm tweaking a Debian live system (built with live-build), and I want it to boot straight into the system from syslinux — no menu, no timeout. According to the syslinux documentation, a timeout value ...
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How do I partition a USB drive so that it's bootable and has a Windows-compatible data storage partition?

split from here I have a 16gb flash drive, which I want a live ISO to boot from (via unetbootin or something similar). It'll be some 32bit distro that I can plug-in and boot on whatever computer I ...
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Can a Linux install be moved from one computer to another?

split to here I have a 16gb flash drive which I want to contain a portable Linux install. If I could just install Knoppix onto the flash drive, and have that work on any computer, I could do that. ...
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Set up a portable development environment

My Goal Have a USB drive (4GB) live boot to DSL (for size) with some extra software (git, hg, .vimrc + plugins, etc...) and also reserve a portion of the drive as writable (maybe symlink my home ...
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How do you install Grub2 on a USB stick? [duplicate]

How do you install Grub2 on a bootable USB stick? Somewhere I've heard that Grub2 can boot directly from ".iso" images, so I'm hoping Grub2 will make it easy to drag-and-drop several "liveCD" iso ...
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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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Create bootable ubuntu usb for mac, or any pc

I've used Ubuntu live and the start up disk creator tool to create a bootable usb with ubuntu. I used the start up disk tool and I first clicked erase, to clear the contents of the usb, and then ...
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Build a “live USB stick” image without actually using a stick

We're trying to build a customized installation stick for putting linux on our embedded product. We're wanting to build it from scratch every time -- that is, pull RPMs out of a (local) repository. ...
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Install key 3G Huawei E1752 in Debian

I have a PC without a CD ROM drive. I have a connection with Orange 3G, using a Huawei E1752 device. I want to install Debian on my hard drive from a 15BG USB Disk. I tried with Debian Live but that ...
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Trying customize Fedora rescue image - how do I go about this?

Most of what I've found on this involves changing install discs - which I don't really need. I just want to install a handful of extra packages and maybe some helpful scripts onto the Fedora rescue ...
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Installing FreeBSD from USB-Stick boots but later can't find the USB-Stick

When trying to install FreeBSD 8.2 from USB memory stick the kernel boots from the USB-Stick and the installer menus work and let me partition and everything. However when it comes to actually ...
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Recommended live distro with persistent USB storage and Compiz

I need a distro that matches these specifications: runs from USB has persistence (saves sessions and data like a regular OS) controls on top (as in, the Mac toolbar - I'm still new to Linux, I don't ...
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Change /dev/sd* for USB Linux install?

I am trying to install Scientific Linux 6.1 (which is literally RedHat Enterprise Linux without the branding) by booting its installer from my USB drive. The installer starts fine, but two things ...
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Bootable USB appearing as HDD not Removable Device

I have a unique problem with an older Toshiba satellite laptop that happens to be a LegacyFree laptop meaning you can't access the bios via the normal F2, Del, Esc, etc. I can only select a boot ...
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Create Ubuntu USB-Installer from Debian

I have Debian Squeeze and want to create USB flash drive for install Ubuntu 11.04. I've already tried many ways: boot.img.gz + mini.iso at drive's root + syslinux = installer "couldn't found ...
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hack mac g4 powerbook firmware to boot linux?

Is there a way to flash/hack/jailbreak the firmware for say a 15" G4 powerbook so that I can boot from linux live usb sticks? As it is many macs simply do not boot from usb, let alone usb sticks and ...
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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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Which Grub to use for a custom portable boot image?

I would like to make a bootable USB/Floopy/LiveCD with linux kernel and Grub. After booting to that USB/Floopy/LiveCD using VirtualBox or directly, it will show my own customized Grub screen and then ...
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Which live USB distribution offers selective persistence?

I'm looking for a live USB Linux distribution that would offer semi-persistent functionality. What I mean by that - normally the system should work in a non-persistent mode (read-only) and no writes ...
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How to add packages onto a Fedora live USB

I want to create Fedora 14 live CD with additional packages. How to do it?
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Linux on pendrive? Which distro to use? [closed]

Terms regarding the OS: Must be installed on pendrive It must contain software for office use Need to save files, GUI settings on it (auto) So I'm not searching for a LiveCD. What could be the ...
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Error While Booting GRML

I'm dropped the 32-bit GRML ISO onto a 1GB thumb drive with the usual command: dd if=grml_2010.12.iso of=/dev/USB_STICK (of course, with the correct device). But, when I try to boot from it, it ...
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GRML will not boot automatically

I install GRML on my USB disk with the grml2usb tool. But when I boot from the USB, it first boots to a blank screen with boot: text on it. I must type the boot options myself to boot the system. I ...
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How to create yaboot partition using a ppc Mac

My computer g4 1.5 ghz PowerBook ppc I need to use this computer to make a yaboot partition on a USB stick. Here is documentation for making a yaboot partition with a Linux machine: ...
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How to make USB debian squeeze disk for PPC?

I'm using a G4 1.5ghz PPC 32bit Powerbook I followed the instructions on this site. http://mintppc.org/content/installation-mintppc-92 But could never get my powerbook to boot up from the usb ...
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How to install from a Linux live CD that does not support installing?

I tried out the linuX-gamers live DVD and like it so much that I want to have it as the main operating system on my desktop. The FAQ says: Can I install or copy the medium to my hard disk? No, ...
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Easily updatable troubleshooting LiveUSB distro

I need easily updatable troubleshooting LiveUSB distro. By troubleshooting I mean that it should not have nothing fancy (X is used o display gparted etc.) but should have access to file ...
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What Linux distro would you recommend for a big all-purpose LiveUSB?

I am about to buy a 2TB hard drive to have all my scrap in one place. I will split it to some partitions one to store my data, and others to store OS distros and bootable OSes like WinPE and Linux. ...
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Multiple liveCDs on one USB

Is there an easy way to install multiple liveCDs ont a USB drive? Specifically kubuntu and arch. I'm just wondering if there's an easy way to do this since both distros include their own boot loader ...
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How does Ubuntu lock my Live USB?

I notice that, after booting from my Live USB (with Ubuntu inside) and shutdown, I won't be able to boot it again, unless I unplug the USB and plug it in again. Is this a side-effect of something, or ...