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 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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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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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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Kali Linux Live USB boots into text mode. Unable to Start the GUI [closed]

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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Can one make a bootable device with several distros of Linux?

I think this question explains itself. But here are some more details anyway: Many Linux distributions have "live USB's" which one can use to try and install that distro. However, that pen must often ...
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Is there kernel patch to prevent load files into RAM for LiveCD?

Is there kernel patch to prevent load files into RAM for LiveCD? I mean, if I'm use LiveCD with "boot to Ram" option, there is no needs for kernel to load executable binaries to RAM from RAM. It ...
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Fedora 19 install hard drives not visible

(Asking here as I haven't had a response to a post on Ask Fedora) I'm trying to install Fedora 19 Gnome as a dual boot system on my HP Envy laptop (hardware specifications HP ENVY 6-1202sa, although ...
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Blank Screen on Mint 15 LiveCD

I own a Lenovo Yoga 11s (i5 processor, Intel integrated graphics) and I'm trying to install Linux Mint on to it. However, after I boot from the live cd, the screen goes blank and stops responding. ...
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Builiding a UEFI bootable USB

I'm having a really hard time getting Mint13 installed on my new laptop, no optical UEFI support and having odd corruption of grub.cfg when I do try and use unetbootin. Is there a method to build a ...
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Since Ubuntu persistent USB crashed, it fails to boot with black screen pre-login, what to do?

I'm using a persistent live USB version of Ubuntu 13.04. Recently it crashed while I was using it. When I restarted I couldn't get past the Ubuntu logo with the sequentially flashing dots anymore. ...
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Clonezilla won't boot up

I'm new to Ubuntu, and trying to make a backup with Clonezilla, but I can get only to the Clonezilla menu and after that I get a blank screen. I tried different USBs, but with no result. I also tried ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 with LinuxLive USB Creator and persistance forgets desktop background and keyboard layout

I'm using a live and persistent version of Ubuntu 13.04, created with LinuxLive USB Creator. The persistence mostly works, including for documents and apps, however the desktop background image and ...
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isolinux: Disk error 01, AX=0201, drive 80

I have an old Medion MD 8818 desktop PC with MS-7318 mobo with Phoenix AwardBIOS 6.00PG. I'm attempting to run Zorin OS 7 Core on it, but the PC won't boot my 32GB Sandisk Cruzer Switch USB stick ...
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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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Can I test Debian from its live USB being with Windows installed on my machine?

For example, I can run test Ubuntu from USB. They explicitly say in their tutorials that I can do it, that the Windows may be installed on my machine but I safely for my Windows can run and see and ...
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Linux Distribution With good Multimedia/Programming support To Be Installed On a 7.5GB USB Stick

I can only afford a 7.5GB USB stick at the moment and with no internet connection. I'm looking for a suitable Linux distribution with good multimedia support (codecs for audio/video content) and also ...
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Do live (versions of) unix distributions ever automatically pick up config info from a OS already installed on the machine?

Maybe this is a silly question, the answer is probably no; but I gotta ask. For example, if I have an Ubuntu Live USB running on a machine with Ubuntu already installed, might the Live OS ever look ...
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SliTaz, usb stick, unable to mount iso or to find a filesystem on it rootfs.gz

I deleted every partition on my system, even the partition on my usb stick. Then I created a partition with SliTaz which I'm currently on. But then I found out that my usb stick didn't get discovered ...
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Why can't I simply dd an installation iso to a bootable partition on an USB flash drive?

I have a copy of the Slackware 64 bit dvd installation iso. I've burned this image to a dvd and used it to properly install the distro. I wanted to try also having this image available on a usb flash ...
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How to burn a Linux distro ISO image from Linux Live?

Mint screwed my grub (no more dual boot with Win7) because of a faulty LIVE USB flash stick. (I can launch Mint but I can't install) I need to burn a new ISO to my USB flash stick or USB drive so ...
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How do I install Slax to a usb stick?

I want to install Slax on my usb stick, but I just can't get it to work. I tried copying the contents of the .zip file to the usb stick, and I got to some grub rescue thingy. I also tried Unetbootin, ...
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“Packing” linux up onto USB drive

I have been using my Linux Mint Nadia for some time and customized it a little, I was wondering if I can "pack it" onto a USB and make it into an ISO which I can boot on another computer and it will ...
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Multiboot USB drive using relative paths with Syslinux (or another bootloader)

I want to make a multiboot USB drive with Ubuntu, Backtrack and Mantra-OS on it (all Ubuntu variants as you can see). Those are the steps I've done: sudo su unmount /dev/sdb1 ...
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Chromium OS says “Your system is repairing itself. Please wait” and then reboots

I downloaded ChromeOS-Vanilla-3851.0.2013_03_17_1641-r7af8fe3d.zip from chromeos.hexxeh.net, then extracted and "burned" to a 4GB USB drive with dd ...
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How do I get Knoppix to bypass checking the hard drive for itself?

I just installed Debian. Now when I try to boot Knoppix, it hangs on "Searching for Knoppix 7 in: /dev/sda6", which is the swap partition. Since Knoppix is choking on this, I'd like it to bypass ...
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USB key not responding when inserted

I just attempted to create a USB key for Chrome OS. I followed the instructions found here. This is what I did: 1- Downloaded a .zip version of the build. 2- Extracted the .zip file which gave me a ...
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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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Update install repository on liveUSB?

I'm using a kubuntu liveUSB with persistence. It's possible to update the liveUSB itself, such that the updates persist. However, the update packages aren't used for installation, as far as I can ...
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Can grub2 detect processor architecture, and display options accordingly?

I have a bootable usb flash drive with grub2 handling booting of ISOs (mostly different spins of Ubuntu). I am editing the menu.cfg myself and have my own script to update grub because I don't want to ...
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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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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 ...