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How is it possible to create bootable USB purely by using dd command and .iso file?

To my understanding, BIOS should boot from USB the same way as it does from HDD. On the contrary, bootable CD/DVD must comply to El Torito specification which is some add-on to ISO 9660 filesystem ...
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creating a bootable usb with GPT partition scheme to make use of linux .iso

The rhel-8.10-x86_64-dvd.iso to install from which is 14GB in size. For a usb device (i.e. disk) that would show up in Linux as /dev/sdb for example, doing a cp rhel-8.10-x86_64-dvd.iso /dev/sdb ...
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Access files from bootable ssd on another machine

I have a raspberry pi (3b), which runs Ubuntu Server on an ssd enclosed in a usb case. A couple days ago it just stopped working (i.e. I get the red led lit up, but can't see terminal when I connect ...
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create uefi bootable usb stick, no ISO

I'm trying to convert a old trusty bootable USB stick from MBR to UEFI. Got everything set up, but when I try to boot it I get msg: "ALERT! LABEL=... does not exist." The label is fine. ...
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add partition and data onto usb stick already having bootable iso9660

I have a usb stick (actually a disk) and it is 5TB in size. I do a cp rhel-8.10-x86_64-dvd.iso /dev/sde to it and it then works to boot from and install Redhat Linux. What I would like to do is copy ...
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Cloned Linux disk seems to be unusable

I am trying to create a fully functional clone of my Linux system's hard drive - meaning I would be able to replace the original hard drive with a clone, boot from it and continue using it. I have ...
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Why won't Ventoy boot from a flash drive

I recently bought a used Laptop, which had a German xUbuntu installation. I am vaguely familiar with xUbuntu. Because it was in German I wasn't able to find my way around and decided to just plug in ...
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Trying to make a bootable usb for Dell Wyse 3020 ARM device, but running into problems

I am using a Fedora VM (I have Windows on my PC) to try and create a bootable USB (16GB). I am following this guide. However, I get "No U-Boot files found for olpc_xo175" when I perform this ...
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Pop OS with a deduplication filesystem

I'm moving a friend development machine to Linux (PopOS), permanently. Don't worry guys, he dualbooted and he's ready for the tux. The problem is his drive. It's a 256GB SSD, and he is moving from a ...
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Can't boot into linux on USB

I recently got a new laptop (Acer Aspire A515-48M) and I can't get it to boot linux. I burnt Ubuntu 22.04 on a USB pen drive with rufus (GPT partition scheme, FAT32 FS). In the BIOS, I disabled ...
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How to create a bootable USB for Debian on Mac with Apple Silicon?

I thoroughly went through the official and up-to-date articles from Debian. I will list some resources below: https://lists.debian.org/debian-cd/2023/12/threads.html https://wiki.debian.org/...
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Restore USB Stick after using it to install TrueNAS Core

Im facing a problem and, im running out of option. I used a usb stick to install TrueNAS on old computer to make a home server, I downloaded the iso from TrueNAS website and used rufus to burn it on ...
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Problems with booting same Linux installation on both physical System and VM for dual use

The question basically boils down to "how does a Linux installation need to be setup in order to be able to do boot from both VM and the physical machine?" I try to achieve 2 goals with this ...
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Why would the firefox of my running system automatically open files from an external USB drive that used to be the boot-drive of another system?

I have an SSD that another laptop was booting from (before the other hardware in that laptop failed) but now I'm using it in one of those little SATA enclosure shell adapter things in order to access ...
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I have two bootable flash drives with different linux distros installed on each, both started malfunctioning within a 24 hour time frame

I could use some detective work. I've taken to installing linux on USB drives. I've managed to break Windows a couple of times while repartitioning my main drive. I've had a 128 Gb USB drive I've been ...
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How Can I Put Something in a RO FS (Linux Debian) if it will Not Boot?

I have a Debian Linux install that boots but only to a specific point... The booting stops at a firmware error. My system seems to be RO and when I boot into a "safe mode," to alter the set ...
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Unable to Install Rockstor from bootable USB

Motherboard: Supermicro X11SAE-F, BIOS 2.3 16GB ram Processor: Xeon E3-1225 V6 I have 6 SSDs connected to the onboard SATA ports of the motherboard. All 6 drives are empty/new and have not been ...
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Puppy Linux secure boot key

I want to sometimes use Linux, sometimes windows. I found out that, Puppy Linux is small, I can install it on a USB. But the problem is, if I click on my USB in the boot menu, I have to disable secure ...
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I have a linux installation on an external drive. How can I plug it into a desktop and have it boot?

Hardware: Laptop [ Daily driver ] Desktop [ Server - Normally has Windows installed ] USB Thumb Drive [ Linux Installation Medium ] External Drive [ Linux Installation Destination ] Situation: ...
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No write permissions for bootable usb

Background: I'm installing Windows for the DOS laptop for the first time, I've never done it before. There is a second laptop with Ubuntu 16. I downloaded the image from the official site, created a ...
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Kali Is Fully Installed To USB. Only The Computer I Installed It On Is Picking It Up

I installed Kali as a FULL OS on a USB 3.0 Stick a long time back. It runs from the USB with no issues whatsoever on the computer I used to install it. Has done for a number of years. However, when I ...
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Unable to create rawdisk in Virtualbox on Mint 21

Disclaimer: I don't yet have much experience with Linux. Host OS: Mint 21 (based on Ubuntu 22.04) I'm unable to create a rawdisk via terminal (guide found here), which is necessary for Virtualbox (v.7)...
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Writing SCO Unix ISO file to USB failed

I have downloaded OpenServer 5 from this link. I created a vm machine (Vmware workstation) and used this ISO file as CD-ROM image file(IDE). Everything works fine and the vm boots from CD-ROM normally ...
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syslinux bootloader unable to find the initrd.img for a custom bootable image made via Docker Containers

Description As a side project, I am trying to use Hashicorp Packer along with Docker to create Bootable disk Images from Docker Containers. Hashicorp Packer generally takes the responsibility of ...
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Grub Bootloader does not detects Windows Bootable USB

I have Arch currently installed on my machine. For some reason I want to install Windows 10 (clean install no dual boot). I have a bootable USB made through dd command. But everytime I restart and ...
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OS installation succeeds but HDD not bootable - hardware encryption?

I have an ex-corporate HP ZBook 17. A few of the BIOS options are disabled with the explanation that the HDD is "HW encrypted", which I assume means hardware encrypted. I installed Pop! OS ...
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How to create bootable ISO from custom Ubuntu 22.04 Image?

I'm trying to create a custom Ubuntu 22.04 image using the following link. I'm not having luck on the Producing the CD image. I get all the way to the sudo mkisofs -D -r -V "$IMAGE_NAME" -...
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Why is my Intel RAID controller incompatible with Linux dmraid in USB-booted Linux recovery environment?

I have a Windows 10 system running a pair of disks in a mirrored RAID 1 configuration. I am trying to understand why the Linux-based FixMeStick product does not work with my RAID drives and hangs. ...
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Boot on a modified iso image

I try to modify an iso file, especially a debian installer (debian-11.4.0-i386-netinst.iso) , and boot on it. The following code extract the content of an iso file and recreate a new iso file: mkdir -...
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Boot linux live iso from multi-partitioned SD card

I have a 32Gb SD card that I want to boot a linux ISO from. I can write the image using balena, dd etc. and it works fine. However this is a bit wasteful as the ISO is a fraction of this size. I'd ...
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Sharing /home/ directory between a Native OS and a Virtual Machine kept on the same HD

Windows is my daily driver, but I have been learning programming lately and want to do my learning within a Linux environment. I want to be able to use Linux on both my home PC and laptop (but with ...
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Grub rescue preventing me to install/boot new os from usb stick

I have a HP laptop.I was having dual boot window 10 and ubantu. then i deleted ubantu partition along with grub boot partition. I have USB bootable stick which filesystem is of type ExFat. I made it ...
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How do I make a bootable USB stick with Clonezilla manually, using a zip (not ISO)?

I want to make a bootable USB stick with Clonezilla. I'll edit some things to use the preseed functions, and therefore want to be able to edit files on the stick. Earlier I've printed the Clonezilla ...
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Why dd seems to provide corrupt copies?

Tried this with different machines running Centos and Ubuntu, with different USB flash drives but dd keeps producing unbootable flash drives. $ sudo dd if=foo.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=1M status=progress &...
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Build your Own Bare bones basic Linux Bootable ISO from Linux Kernel

I am new to kernels. I wish to build my own custom Bootable Linux ISO image myself. Can someone please help me with the right steps to do it. There are loads of information but all are distributed and ...
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How to persistently install commands on a live kali bootable USB?

I will be using the live kali bootable usb for work as forensic tool to image systems using dc3dd. However, it seems that dc3dd is not installed by default on the latest release of bootable usb live ...
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How to Boot Memtest86 from a Ventoy USB

I downloaded memtest86 with the intention of adding it to my Ventoy usb, so that I could boot a machine for a memory test. Although Ventoy claims to support img files, it wouldn't boot the memtest86-...
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dd not making usb bootable

I'm trying to create a centos 7 install usb but for some reason dd does not make the usb bootable. I've used the following: $ lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINTS fd0 2:0 1 ...
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Is there any OS that can be installed to encrypt the whole drive that has multiple OS inside?

What am looking for is an OS with or without and interface that can encrypt the whole drive. So when the pc/laptop boots it boots to this os and I have to decrypt the drive and then I should be able ...
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Where is GRUB stage 2 located on my bootable compact flash, according to the Master Boot Record?

I'm trying to understand where GRUB stage 2 is located on my bootable compact flash. Below is the output of the file command which was run against an image of the MBR (first 512 bytes) of the compact ...
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How to keep error messages on screen with syslinux

I am making the assumption that I'm using syslinux because I have a syslinux.cfg file present on my USB boot disk. The configuration of syslinux is the following: UI /linux/boot/vesamenu.c32 TIMEOUT ...
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Accessing other files while installing from USB

I'm installing arch linux on an otherwise blank machine from a bootable USB, i.e. writing archlinux-2021.09.01-x86_64.iso to a USB with win32diskimager on my windows machine. Now suppose I wanted to ...
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How to create a non-UEFI bootable USB install? (openSuSE 15.3)

The title pretty much says it all. I have an older machine with OpenSuSE installed (12.x, IIRC) which I want to update. It does not have a UEFI BIOS. I want to create a bootable USB install, but ...
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How to install Linux from a UEFI bootable, overwriting an existing Windows installation

I am on an older netbook that cannot handle Windows 10 (nor Windows 11) anymore since the 64 GB fixed flash memory cannot handle the data. It is a Medion Akoya netbook, model number: MD 61900, model: ...
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Can't boot from USB stick, black screen with cursor

I’m trying to install Manjaro Gnome minimal stable on my new laptop but I can’t boot it from usb. Until menu everything works fine, but after I choose to boot manjaro it shows me some operations and ...
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Make Current Install a Bootable ISO

How can I convert/transfer/make an existing install of Linux into a bootable ISO? I currently have an RHEL7 install that I need to make bootable on a DVD. Thanks.
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USB Created with dd will not boot

I downloaded the newest RHEL 8 ISO (9 GB) and created a bootable USB with a dd command in CentOS 7.9. But it would not boot at system startup. I tried it with 2 different USBs but to no avail. ...
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Make Linux bootable from laptop SD card not visible in the BIOS/UEFI Boot Options menu

I have an Acer Aspire R15 laptop, and I need to have a Linux run from the internal SD card slot. There is no SD card option available in the Boot Options menu. I have Windows 10 installed on the main ...
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How to recover Linux install on a device with no keyboard, screen or remote login?

I had Debian Jessie on a QNAP TS-210 device, which is an arm processes (kirkland architecture). It was running fine for many years, but I needed to use something which required up to date libraries, ...
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How could I make a partition of my ssd boot to linux without harming the rest of the data?

I recently installed openSUSE on my laptop. The installation appears to work fine, until you turn it off, and find that the laptop doesn't recognize that the OS is bootable. However, if I plug in the ...
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