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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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. ...
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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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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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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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Kali Linux live usb persistance

some tutorial explain that persistence on a live usb instance of kali linux is achieved by a different partition. http://docs.kali.org/downloading/kali-linux-live-usb-persistence How about modify ...
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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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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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Kali Linux Live USB boots into text mode. Unable to Start the GUI

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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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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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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How to set up persistence on kali linux live USB while booting from it

I have a kali linux live USB and I want to set up persistence on it. Unfortunately, I do not have another device running linux and the only way for me to access linux is while booting through the USB. ...
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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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Kali linux throws ' isolinux.bin missing or corrupt ' error

I downloaded Kali Linux from this link, I have a 32 bit OS, so I guessed ISO 32 Kali Linux is the suitable for me (they did not clarify in the website based on what we choose the type). Then, I ...
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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 random is the pseudo random number generators on live boot disks? Is there a way to seed it?

I know that random number generators on computers are only pseudo-random, but are the PRNGs on Live Boot USB or DVDs even less random? Is there a way to seed them after booting? Specifically curious ...
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Clonezilla can't find Hard Drive

I am trying to clone a system to a usb drive (the system is about 3 gb big) But when i get to selecting the source drive in the clonezilla live session, it tells me that there a no unmounted drives ...
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Start linux in text mode

I know that it ask so many time, how to boot Linux in text mode; but all solution that i got is on installed Linux system, not on fresh system. Is there any way to load any Linux in live mode in text ...
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Mouse and keyboard stop working during debian live installation

I know there have been similar question, but neither applies to my situation. I want to try/install debian. I downloaded a couple of live disc images (debian-live-7.8.0-amd64 with various desktop ...
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Linux liveCD file-SIZES structure

I want to create LiveCD/liveUSB iso with basic linux cli tools. No X-server at all. With both i686 and x86_64 architecture (to boot on older and newer computers). And to be as less as possible size. ...
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Why does Fedora live freeze/hang, when I install some software?

When I start Fedora from USB stick and install some software, after a while the system hangs. Then, when I try to start any programm (even poweroff) it wont work and tells me, that the binaries can’t ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I create a utility USB?

I do a lot of work with many different bootable images all on different flash drives. However, it gets annoying to search for a specific drive, plug it in, and use it. Is there a way I can consolidate ...
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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 ...