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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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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How do I partition a USB drive so that it's bootable and has a Windows-compatible data storage partition?

split from here I have a 16gb flash drive, which I want a live ISO to boot from (via unetbootin or something similar). It'll be some 32bit distro that I can plug-in and boot on whatever computer I ...
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What happens when I do “cat debian.iso > /dev/sdX”?

I'm creating a live-USB and don't understand precisely: what happens when I copy a file (or even a file system) directly to a device node (as opposed to a file system)?
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How to manually install linux on a USB?

I have been using unetbootin to create bootable Linux USBs. I want to do this manually using command line. What is the procedure that unetbootin uses to prepare a bootable USB? How would you go ...
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Booting linux from usb using EFI

I need to use a USB drive as an installation media for my Mint and Ubuntu. For that I have unetbootin to make the usb bootable. But my PC only supports EFI boot (while adding the boot device, I need ...
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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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How do I configure syslinux to boot immediately

I'm tweaking a Debian live system (built with live-build), and I want it to boot straight into the system from syslinux — no menu, no timeout. According to the syslinux documentation, a timeout value ...
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Linux on pendrive? Which distro to use? [closed]

Terms regarding the OS: Must be installed on pendrive It must contain software for office use Need to save files, GUI settings on it (auto) So I'm not searching for a LiveCD. What could be the ...
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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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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 create yaboot partition using a ppc Mac

My computer g4 1.5 ghz PowerBook ppc I need to use this computer to make a yaboot partition on a USB stick. Here is documentation for making a yaboot partition with a Linux machine: ...
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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 a FreeBSD 10 bootable USB?

Currently I am Using Linux Mint 17 and I want to dual boot FreeBSD and Linux Mint 17. How can I create Bootable USB for FreeBSD 10? I tried Unetbootin, Image writer and powerISO but it's not ...
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Installing FreeBSD from USB-Stick boots but later can't find the USB-Stick

When trying to install FreeBSD 8.2 from USB memory stick the kernel boots from the USB-Stick and the installer menus work and let me partition and everything. However when it comes to actually ...
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Creating a Live USB for Crunchbang

I am looking to run one of my computers on Crunchbang Linux, but I cannot seem to be able to find a way to create a live USB of it.
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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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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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What Linux distro would you recommend for a big all-purpose LiveUSB?

I am about to buy a 2TB hard drive to have all my scrap in one place. I will split it to some partitions one to store my data, and others to store OS distros and bootable OSes like WinPE and Linux. ...
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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 add packages onto a Fedora live USB

I want to create Fedora 14 live CD with additional packages. How to do it?
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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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Linux Mint Live Not Saving Data

I recently used UNetBootin to install Linux Mint Live on a 2GB flash drive. However, I think the OS thinks it's a CD, and doesn't make any changes. If I install software, change settings, etc, it just ...
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Can't create a bootable (live) usb flash for arch linux

I created a bootable usb from which I was going to install Arch. I did this the following way: sudo dd if=/path_to_arch_.iso of=/dev/sdX But when I tried to boot from this usb flash, I failed. ...
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Which live USB distribution offers selective persistence?

I'm looking for a live USB Linux distribution that would offer semi-persistent functionality. What I mean by that - normally the system should work in a non-persistent mode (read-only) and no writes ...
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How does Ubuntu lock my Live USB?

I notice that, after booting from my Live USB (with Ubuntu inside) and shutdown, I won't be able to boot it again, unless I unplug the USB and plug it in again. Is this a side-effect of something, or ...
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How do you install Grub2 on a USB stick? [duplicate]

How do you install Grub2 on a bootable USB stick? Somewhere I've heard that Grub2 can boot directly from ".iso" images, so I'm hoping Grub2 will make it easy to drag-and-drop several "liveCD" iso ...
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Create Ubuntu USB-Installer from Debian

I have Debian Squeeze and want to create USB flash drive for install Ubuntu 11.04. I've already tried many ways: boot.img.gz + mini.iso at drive's root + syslinux = installer "couldn't found ...
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How to make USB debian squeeze disk for PPC?

I'm using a G4 1.5ghz PPC 32bit Powerbook I followed the instructions on this site. http://mintppc.org/content/installation-mintppc-92 But could never get my powerbook to boot up from the usb ...
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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 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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Multi-touch gestures in GNOME 3.14

I'm trying out the GNOME 3.14 live ISO and I would like to test multi touch gestures as well as Wayland session. The promotional video shows multitouch gestures to zoom in and out, show the overwiev, ...
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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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Live USB: how to access USB drive that linux booted from

Can't find it in /media or /mnt. What I want: live distro so I have guarantee it won't break and will boot/work every single time have access to directory on that USB drive for storage purposes, ...
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Bootable USB appearing as HDD not Removable Device

I have a unique problem with an older Toshiba satellite laptop that happens to be a LegacyFree laptop meaning you can't access the bios via the normal F2, Del, Esc, etc. I can only select a boot ...
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Easily updatable troubleshooting LiveUSB distro

I need easily updatable troubleshooting LiveUSB distro. By troubleshooting I mean that it should not have nothing fancy (X is used o display gparted etc.) but should have access to file ...
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openSUSE Live USB with windows-accessible FAT32 partition

I have a 64gb flash drive. I want to set it up so I can use it for windows-accessible Fat32 data storage while also being able to boot to it using a large (20-30gb) persistent openSUSE live USB ...
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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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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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Optimal rootflags for rootfs for ext4 file system running on USB thumdrive [closed]

I have made myself a bootable USB Debian 7 thumbdrive, using debootstrap. It boots nicely - but occasionally freezes for a bit. I can see the load average is much higher than the running tasks should ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it viable to run Live Linux on a Laptop with a failing hard drive?

I have determined using Hiren's Boot CD that my hard drive is in fact failing. It started by failing to boot into Windows or Linux partitions on my computer, and then I downloaded Hiren's, burned to a ...
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Mini ultra light linux boot on a USB key

I don't have linux. I'm on Windows (XP or 7). I'd like to have just a linux USB key only to boot and have the command line to launch some command line programs. How may I simply create that USB key ...