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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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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How to install Kali linux on to a specific (existing) partition on a USB stick

I'm endeavoring to put Kali linux onto a USB stick - I know it's already written up, but I'd like to use only a portion of the total space (the aforementioned link will use the entire drive space). ...
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unetboot linux mint live drive boots grub2 instead of unetboot

I screwed up big time, I have installed linux mint live disk on my flash drive via unetboot on an virtualised linux mint of another computer. When I transferred the usb drive to my main computer, it ...
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Building 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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Zorin OS 9-Booting from liveUSB error

I am attempting to install the Ubuntu-based Zorin OS 9 via liveUSB. I have done a number of installs of Ubuntu based OS's but have run into a problem with this one. I have created a liveUSB within my ...
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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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Is there a way to split a usb thumb drive into 3 partition with different live distros

I've a small laptop with eMMc 32gb, and I want to keep it w/ windows installed. I've also 64gb USB 3.0 thumb drive, and is it possible to, split that into 3 partition with different Linux distros ...
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UEFI-support for Debian Live-build

I'm building a custom Debian using live-build, and after dd-ing the iso to the USB-stick it boots fine on BIOS-computers, however it does not seem to support UEFI, thus not booting on newer computers. ...
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Ignore all other media/drives when live-booting from USB

I am live-booting a custom debian (built using live-build) and I'm wondering how I might prevent the user (even root if it is possible) from reading or writing to the internal hard drive and other ...
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can't install bunsenlabs linux from usb

I am trying to install Bunsenlabs Linux from a USB on a Sony Vaio VGN-UX 180p. On their site it says you can install it from a USB. But when I start the installer (it uses the same installer that Kali ...
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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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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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FAT32 / NTFS + isofs on USB

I have a bootable USB disk: # dd if=/path/to/os_image.iso of=/dev/sdb (...everything OK...) # sudo dumpe2fs /dev/sdb dumpe2fs 1.42.9 (4-Feb-2014) dumpe2fs: Bad magic number in super-block while ...
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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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Live/bootable Kali linux from partitioned USB Hard Drive (Mac/OS X)?

I'm trying to boot Kali on a Mac from an external drive's partition (GUID Partition Map). The drive has 3 partitions, and I have data on the other 2 (that won't fit on my internal drive). I want ...
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Unable to create a multiboot usb stick with MultiSystem

I installed multisystem on Ubuntu 14.04 for multiboot usb. When I start the MultiSystem GUI, it shows me the USB device being mounted on /media/usb0, but when I select and hit confirm, I get the error ...
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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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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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Trying to install a Linux Distro (dual boot) from USB (Windows 10)

I bought a 3.0 USB especially for the job but I'm about to give up for the day. I wanted to try basic Arch, then I tried makeiso, then antergos. I have 3 iso images all behaving the same way. Like ...
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How to open a Truecrypt partition and back-up tc files, when archlinux is freezing up on start-up?

My older Acer is running a 1.5 yr old version of Archlinux (Which I can't uodate). The computer is hanging up on start up and cant access anything. I can sign into terminal as root. I can boot a ...
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How to access the internet with new usb kali linux live usb persistence

I have set the boolean in networkmanager.conf to true but I honestly don't know where to go from here. I was factory resetting Windows and it got unplugged so I've been trying to connect Linux (which ...
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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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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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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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Boot iso file through uEFI by calling EFI executable inside the iso

I want to create a USB stick that I can use to boot multiple iso files. I want to do this through uEFI. The usb stick would look something like this: /EFI /bootx64.efi /something.conf /isos /...
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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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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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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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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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How do I add programs to a sabyon live USB?

How do I install software on a sabayon live USB and have that software persist after rebooting?
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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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I'm booted into an Debian image supposedly Debian 8 but on the desktop and in applications it says:“install Debian Sid” everywhere

I've downloaded Debian Jessie(8) from the official site, here is the filename: debian-live-8.0.0-amd64-lxde-desktop And I'm currently booted into it on another computer through usb, but it say's ...
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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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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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Debian live iwlwifi firmware error

When booting Debian live onto my computer, I encountered the errors: [ 19.456064] iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: firmware: failed to load iwlwifi-7265-9.ucode (-2) [ 19.456183] iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: ...
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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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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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Install Kali on USB for UEFI and legacy-bios simultaneously

Here is the prologue: I just purchased a new tablet, called Wintron 10.1, made by trekstor. It is shipped with a solded 32 GB ssd-similar harddrive and preinstalled Windows 8.1-Bing. I already have ...
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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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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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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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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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Mount /home to USB Live Linux

Is it possible to mount the /home folder with all the settings to Linux running as a Live CD from a USB key? Suppose that you have the /home partition on the disk in the laptop and you want to run ...
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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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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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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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UEFI and Puppy Linux

I recently installed Puppy Linux on a USB stick using the Universal USB Installer, but I have not being able to boot from it. My notebook came with Windows 8 and had the secure boot activated at UEFI. ...