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slitaz 4.0 grub2 loopback concatenate multiple initrd images

I'm trying to get slitaz 4.0 ISO to boot using a grub2 loopback on a multiboot USB; insmod font if loadfont /boot/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then insmod gfxterm # insmod efi_gop # insmod efi_uga ...
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Debian install fails on USB-HDD

After my internal HDD broke in my laptop, I've tried to install Debian 6.0.6 on my external HDD. Please note that everything runs great when installing Ubuntu, but for some reason while the Grub stage ...
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What are the [internal] steps involved in making USB drive 'bootable'?

Whenever I have to install a new Linux distro, I create a bootable USB from the distro image using some specialized program like UNetBootin. Recently, I tried to do for Fedora using 'dd' command, but ...
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How to differentiate USB flash drive and CD-ROM?

I want to differentiate an USB flash drive and a CD-ROM. My requirement is when I connect to a system only the CD-ROM should work, but not the USB key.
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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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USB Stick recognized but not mountable

I have a USB Stick which is recognized by my laptop but there is no partition to mount. The device is listed in /dev/ as sdb but no partition /dev/sdb1. fdisk -l also displays nothing about /dev/sdb. ...
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smartctl on external hdd inside ide-to-usb enclosure

I have a very old 2.5" IDE drive inside a USB enclosure that gives some buffer I/O error. I tried to use smartctl to see what SMART says about it, but I can't manage to make it work. Being root, if I ...
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USB Drive not being recognised

It's not being recognised, I have it plugged in, lsblk does not show my USB drive (it's 4gb) Dolphin doesn't show it, it's just not being recognised
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Why is my PC freezing while I'm copying a file to a pendrive?

I have a really strange situation here. My PC works fine, at least in most cases, but there's one thing that I can't deal with. When I try to copy a file from my pendrive, everything is ok -- I got ...
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How to properly mount a USB flash drive from the console?

I want to know what are the mount options that I require to mount a USB flash drive. sudo mount -t auto -L ultra_fit ~/usb_flash -o ? I mount it and when I try to cd to a folder within the drive, it ...
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What can I do to stress test a new USB harddrive?

I'm running ubuntu desktop 14.04. I bought a 2TB USB3 seagate harddrive, but after a week it started producing I/O errors and I was unable to recover any data (I lost quite a lot). So, now I have a ...
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Why is writing SLOW on raw device, and FAST on filesystem (USB key)?

I have a USB key (PQI U822V-Speedy 32G) that I am trying to benchmark quick'n'dirty on Linux. I'm testing write bandwith. dd on raw partition I created a partition starting at sector 2048, then did ...
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Why are my USB flash drives not working well under Linux and Windows?

Let me explain my question better: I am a Linux user (Fedora 20) and regularly need to use USB flash drives to carry files I will need to open in Windows computers in College, and the other way ...
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Connect Asus Zenfone 5 to Linux box

I have Asus Zenfone 5 phone and now I want to connect the device to my Debian 7 via USB to mount inner phone storage as external disk. So after it was connected I see in logs: dmesg [79836.644019] ...
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How to Creat persistent Linux Mint on USB from windows

I'm new to Linux and really like it, but I need windows on my laptop also, so I thought a persistent Linux Mint on a usb drive would be the safest option. Looking for step-by-step directions to ...
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Why do I have to insert USB storage twice to mount it?

Often, I insert my USB storage into my computer and it will not mount. I can see the USB drive recognised in KDE's panel, but it will not be mounted. I can click on the "mount" button in the panel, ...
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No USB flash drive / dev / Galileo Intel Gen2

I have intel Galileo Gen2 and Debina installed on it from here: http://sourceforge.net/p/galileodebian/wiki/Home/ And I also have a problem with that, it does not appear in the / dev / any of the usb ...
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What is the service that's responsible for automounting a USB drive in CentOS 6.4?

I know of the legacy Linux way of mounting a USB stick or drive: mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/ But in some CentOS 6.x installations I saw, you just insert the USB stick and CentOS automagically mounts it, ...
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How to get a Seagate 2 TB USB drive automounted?

I got a Seagate Backup Plus 2 TB sometime back. I tried getting it to be auto-mounted and read by Nautilus.caja or any other file-browser. The external HDD is ntfs and I have installed ntfs-3g. I have ...
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Booting linux from USB flash drive

I have a lenovo desktop and a lenovo laptop, both running windows 8.1. I downloaded the ubuntu 14.10 iso file, burnt it to a installation CD. Then install it on my desktop harddisk. Everything ...
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access to USB drive broken after changing uid

Since changing my uid I no longer have the permissions to see a USB hardrive/stick that is automatically mounted at /media/USERNAME. Nautilus gives the message Unable to open a folder for ...
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Mount android device 4.0.4 on linux

I am trying to mount a Samsung Galaxy S2 as a mass storage device onto an uptodate Arch Linux setup. On the Android phone I have done the following Settings -> More -> USB Utilities -> USB mass ...
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How do I add a specific update to a Ubuntu install stick

I am using a USB to install Ubuntu to a new laptop. It will require a separate package update to configure the wifi afterwards via an ethernet connection. Is there a way to add this package to the USB ...
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Re-initialize a damaged USB stick without recovering data

I have a USB stick which seems damaged (see below). When it is mounted (automatically or not), it is in read-only mode. I would like to format (or do whatever action) to get a "new" USB stick, that I ...
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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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Eject USB drives / eject command

I know that the eject command can be used to eject almost any hardware component attached, but can it be used to eject USB drives? Is it possible to eject USB drives and external HDD's with the eject ...
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USB connected devices info

In my project, I need a list with all connected usb drives and some data about(name, format, size, label, if it is mounted or not, where is mounted) All this data is parsed by a php script then stored ...
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How to boot Backtrack 5 r3 from USB

I had some trouble with starting the usb from the boot menu. Well bassicly I couldn't change all the settings, like; changing the first, second and thirt options to boot, cause I only have three ...
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Why does Linux use SCSI drivers for non-SCSI devices? [duplicate]

Looking at what block device commands like lsblk or blkid return it seems that linux HDD support SCSI drivers regardless of the type of the devices, like a USB flash driver that is presented as ...
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Raspbian: USB storage device name changing after USB device power cycle

I'm running Raspbian 7.4 on a Raspberry PI that has two USB storage devices connected to it. This Raspberry PI will remain running during a power failure because it has console cable connected to it ...
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Simulate a USB drive using Linux?

Is there any way that I could use what I'll call PC-A to act like a USB device to a second PC, PC-B? i.e. PC-A <<-- Double male USB cable --> PC-B The result I'm looking to achieve is have ...
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Mount an USB: dmesg shows nothing

I'm trying to mount a USB-drive. However, it seems that my Linux (Debian) doesn't recognise it at all (and any other usb-drive), though it powers it. The usb-hubs are OK, because I was able to boot ...
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How do I boot from a liveusb using qemu-kvm?

I am trying to get qemu-kvm to boot from my live usb stick. Is this possible?
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USB forcely turn write protection off

I have a USB-flash device (SanDisk SDCZ33 BM120423519D) with no hardware switch, which is stuck in readonly mode: # hdparm /dev/sdf /dev/sdf: SG_IO: bad/missing sense data, sb[]: 70 00 05 00 00 00 ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 does not recognize USB drive

Using Ubuntu 13.04 (with Gnome 3), my new USB stick (details see dmesg/lsusb) doesn't show up automatically. Situation: The drive does not show up at fdisk -l The drive does appear when running ...
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nm-applet (the little computer) does not show up in my system tray after a fresh install of Debian Jessie Beta 2

I just installed Jessie Beta 2 using the amd64 DVD images, rather than netinst images, and fresh out of the box, nm-applet doesn't show up in the system tray. The little computer right next to the ...
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How to use Debian in USB boot-able process

I am totally new to the Debian universe and want to use a USB stick so as to download, burn and then install Debian on a PC I got. I read the documentation of Debian online ...
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USB3 drive plugged in to PC makes computer hang on “welcome to grub”

I have a Seagate 2TB USB2 hard drive, ext4 formatted. If I plug it in to my system and boot, PC gets stuck at "welcome to grub". If I restart without the USB drive plugged in, the system boots ...
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Completely disable / deactivate USB in Ubuntu 10.04

I have some Ubuntu 10.04 based portable touchscreen computers at workplace and sometimes people would use USB data cable to charge their phones from the USB port. Now I have usb storage access ...
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How to salvage an unreadable usb flash drive

I have a 16GB USB flash drive that somehow got corrupted to the point in which even fdisk -l can't find it (I get a one-line error message saying: "Unable to open /dev/sdc") However, it is being ...
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How to unmount flash drive gparted says busy

I have a 4GB usb storage drive that I cannot save files to. I have copied the information I want from it, so now I would like to rescue is as a freshly formatted drive, if that is possible. There is ...
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How do I temporarily extract a flash drive or HDD in Linux?

Suppose I mounted a disk in this way: mount /dev/sdb /mnt/tmp I have some files opened on this filesystem and don't want to unmount it. However I want to temporarily extract the device, then ...
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How to install Debian onto a flashdrive

I actually want my 4GB flash-drive to be the OS and for it to be transfer in-between any machine. I have tried to follow Debian's website, and I couldn't figure it out. I had my friend make my ...
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Why isn't this “external” harddrive showing up?

I have an "External harddrive to USB adapter" that's giving me trouble. It shows up if I run lsusb (unrelated devices ignored): Bus 002 Device 013: ID 152d:2338 JMicron Technology Corp. / JMicron USA ...
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How do I get ata-style IDs in /dev/disk/by-id to work for USB disks?

I have USB drive dock that I'm plugging SATA drives into. The way they show up in /dev/disk/by-id seems to be dependent on whether the drive has a partition table (usb if not, ata if yes). This makes ...
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How to access Flash drives in CLI mode?

I have fedora 20 64bit and for unknown reason I cannot boot on graphical mode. I have very important files for my project there. How can I copy those files to my USB flash ? How can I find my USB in ...
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Cannot mount external USB drive

I'm on Debian Jessie and I have an external USB drive with NTFS. I plugged it into my Raspberry Pi, which then spontaneously restarted (probably the power consumption was too high for the adapter I'm ...
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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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Create own Linux OS on USB Flash drive

Is it possible to create your own Linux OS right onto a USB drive? I know you can just download a Linux distro onto a USB thumbdrive and plug it into a computer and run it from the USB, but I'd like ...
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How do you format a USB stick after it is being labled “unrecognised” by Ubuntu?

I have a memory stick which I had cleaned of old data fragments. The memory stick was mounted on /dev/sdc1 so I did: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc1 bs=1M After the task was complete, my usb memory ...