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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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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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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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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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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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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Linux from Scratch to bootable disk image

I competed LFS 7.6. I want to know is it possible to make it into a bootable disk image that can boot in to different systems?
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Kali Linux USB Live Boot Not Working

I downloaded the Kali Linux ISO 64-bit off of this page: http://www.kali.org/downloads Then, I used the Kali Linux Live USB Install Procedure on this page for Windows. I boot my computer from 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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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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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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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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Cannot boot into Linux off live USB

I am trying to dual boot Linux on my laptop (Dell XPS 15) which is running Windows 10 Pro. I did not have any problem dual booting the two operating systems on my desktop. I cannot boot up ANY Linux ...
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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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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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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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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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Unable to set luminosty with a usb boot

When I boot from a live USB I can't adjust luminosity. I need to plug a VGA screen to my laptop in order to be able to see the screen. I managed to fix that when I installed Ubuntu with the ...
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Live USB - Tails tries to boot but ends up booting into Kali Linux

I have a bootable USB drive with Tails and Kali Linux on it, among others. Kali boots fine. However when I try to load Tails, it manages to get past the Tails loading screen but then the Kali logo ...
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How can I modify a netinst.iso image to run a bash script on boot?

Background Using Fedora 21 with LVM on a Toshiba C50-B-021 laptop with UEFI (which from what I understand doesn't actually turn off), every time the computer runs out of battery it will hang on boot. ...
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saving file to usb stick while using linux boot stick

I am using the instructions in this youtube video to install CentOS 7 on a new computer that is running Windows 8. The tutorial uses UniversalUSBInstaller from PenDriveLinux, but the installation is ...
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how to make GRUB find modules on multiboot Linux LiveUSB?

background (skip to header=problem if you're expert on LiveUSBs, ISOs, GRUB2, etc) I'm setting up a multiboot/multiISO Linux LiveUSB as detailed here, which I intend for use on multiple hosts (i.e., ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 add package on this live distro?

I am working on hand made linux from this article /not sure from which distro it has been made, my best guess is ArchLinux/. I have Ubuntu 14 x64 where I am preparing this live distro using make. ...
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Live USB local drives access

When I access PC in live USB Linux, I can also access local drives. How can I disable access to these drives with USB Linux only? I can access these drives in my local PC. I don't know where to ...
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CentOS 6.5: USB or DVD option wont show in boot menu

I downloaded CentOS 6.5 - I need this version for a particular reason - liveCD and used both Win32 Disk Imager and ISO to USB to create a bootable USB. However, after rebooting and manually bring up ...
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Toshiba Satellite Laptop Won't Boot to USB

My laptop model is Toshiba Satellite L655-S5153 I have my bios setup to boot usb (and yes it does read the USB drive), cd, then hdd. Legacy mode is enabled as well. I already have Elementary OS ...
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What is the user and password for Sabayon Linux?

I am currently unable to use my computer because I can not login. I've burned thrice the daily minimal-dev Sabayon Linux ISO onto the same USB flash device. Each time, the login screen asks for login ...
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live-build strange symbols during boot

So I'm booting up my Debian live-build through QEemu and gets this strange symbols. Anyone know what it is?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to try every bit of a Linux distro without installing it?

Using a live CD\USB to try a Linux distribution failed me to test aspects like graphics\wireless drivers. I remember when I tried an Ubuntu live CD it was loaded using a virtual machine so I couldn't ...
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Liveboot Kali does not detect filesystem

To preempt some questions: yes the boot flag is set, it works correctly when on a computer using EFI I used dd to burn the Kali .iso (64 bit AMD) onto my USB. It works fine for EFI machines, however ...
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automated script to transfer live linux root?

is there a script that can make a bootable copy of the currently running live (ubuntu) root partition from a booted hard disk to another (then bootable) hard disk and/or bootable USB flash disk? such ...
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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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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 ...