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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Generating grub.cfg without Linux installed

My dual boot machine went haywire yesterday, and seriously corrupted the Linux partition. Among the corrupted files were: The entire /boot directory Quite a few stuff in /bin "No problem", I ...
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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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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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Is it okay to run my system off a flash drive?

I've been running my main system off a Linux persistent LiveCD flash drive for a couple months. The drive has a 2 GiB fat32 boot partition, and a 12.91 GiB ext2 casper-rw partition. I'm ...
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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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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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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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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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Simplest way of getting a bootable linux flash drive + VM in Windows

I realize tools for making a flash drive image that boots a linux system (for example ubuntu) are common enough. I'd like to get a flash drive like that that also lets me use the system inside of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cannot Boot New Linux From USB

Recently, I got a new laptop, the MSI gx60. I grabbed a usb and loaded the Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon image onto it, tested it on my old laptop and desktop, where it worked. However, when I try it on my ...
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syslinux change partition from fat32 to fat16 on an usb stick

I wrote an .img file containing a custom debian distro to a usb stick via win32diskimager program. Unfortunately it 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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What changes may break a live persistent USB installation?

From my experience it looks like the persistence feature is just an enhancement that provides some space for remembering supplementary changes (installing supplementary software, like office suites, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to fix a Live-OS image that says Invalid

I was running Fedora-20 off a USB stick with persistent storage till I stupidly ignored a warning & filled up the persistent image. Now boot fails, because it cannot mount the root filesystem ...
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Persistent folder missing from home folder, despite correct password and no errors

Tails 1.0 on stick 1. Password entered correctly on login screen for persistent storage (otherwise it would complain.) Booting from another (older) Tails stick, stick 2, can unlock and mount stick ...
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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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mke2fs/fsck has left mounted NTFS(hda1) drive with only a lost+found folder

I had a messed up win XP (NTFS) HD on laptop due to some registry settings being deleted. So I thought I would just boot in a live Linux CD and move repair/system to config/system. Try DSL, hda1 ...
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Installing Android 4.3 onto my computer not working

I'm trying to install android 4.3 onto my laptop but when I boot my LiveUsb and click Install it doesn't show my main hard drive as a place I can install to. It just shows my EFI partition for storing ...
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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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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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Startup with USB Puppy without BIOS control

I'll preface by saying I'm a complete linux newbie. I have Puppy Linux all ready to roll on a USB drive. I know that I can set the boot order in BIOS to do USB first. But what I want is to be able to ...
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Setting up multiboot .iso usb using syslinux

I have followed jakgibb's tutorial for creating multiboot usb stick using syslinux. I want to boot linux live .iso's directly from USB drive using syslinux instead of method provided in ...