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Questions tagged [bootable]

This tag covers questions/posts pertaining to creating/using/configuring/troubleshooting "bootable" media as well as system files and options related to loading/accessing/entering system distributions, operating systems in the context of their current and intended usage environment.

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Dropped into Arch emergency shell, incorrect FSTAB causes mounting issues, keyboard does not work, installing Arch onto a USB key using QEMU

This is my first time trying to install Arch so my apologies if I don't understand your answer. Here is my problem. I am using the QEMU emulator (x86_64) to install Archlinux on a 128GB Samsung USB ...
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Burning a Linux Ubuntu bootable USB with dd

I am installing Linux on a machine and got the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS image. I formatted a 32 GB Sandisk drive on macOS with MS-DOS (FAT) format and GUID Partition Map scheme. I found the name of the disk ...
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What is special about programs that create bootable USB sticks for Linux?

Why couldn't I just mount the ISO and copy the files over to the stick?
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CDRoom won't mount DVD RW after burning OS to DVD using brasero

I burned a debian distro to a DVD RW and the DVD won't boot to install the distro, if I insert the disc while on OS, the cdrom won't mount. Also if I open gparted it stays "scanning all devices..." ...
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How to make bootable flash device using Linux to install win10

I have a problem making bootable flash drive containing Windows 10. I have tried 3 suggested solutions: using woeusb --tgt-fs NTFS -d win10.iso /dev/sdd got error: dd: writing to '/dev/sdd2': No ...
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Using an rasberrypi to make an bootable usb?

my pc broke and i have an rasbery pi . i want to write the iso of an recovery system (https://www.hirensbootcd.org) so i can repair my system more specific plan B grabing the license key in the ...
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How can I make a bootable ISO from a bootable USB drive?

I used a set of instructions to create a bootable USB drive for ChromeOS. I want to install ChromeOS in VirtualBox. This is apparently impossible to do from a USB drive. I tried mounting the 9GB .img ...
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On Linux, make bootable USB from Windows installation ISO

I tried creating a bootable USB from a Windows 10 ISO: dd if=file.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=1M status=progress However, when booting, all I saw was: BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart I ...
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NTFS Signature Missing

I've been trying to access my Windows partition using Linux bootable USB flash drive. Looking at the size of lsblk output, I believe the main partition is /dev/sda2 root@linux:~# lsblk NAME MAJ:...
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Can't create bootable USB with WoeUSB

When I try to create a Windows 10 bootable USB on my Linux Ubuntu 18.04 with WoeUSB it gives me this error: Installation failed! Exit code: 256 Log: WoeUSB v@@WOEUSB_VERSION@@ ========================...
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booting old netbook [closed]

I have a complete confusion of boot problems on an old netbook. It's dual boot, details below, used every ~2 months for travelling. 1) One day it simply wouldn't boot. Power-light on, brief flicker ...
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Deepin Installer won't start - stuck on black screen with single dash

I have just bought an Asus Zenbook UX433FA, on which I want to install Deepin 15.8 as my only OS. I have followed the installation guide on the Deepin website, therefore creating a bootable USB device ...
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Made external HDD bootable installation device by accident. How do I recover files? [duplicate]

So I messed up big time and ran: sudo dd if=~/Downloads/linuxmint-19-cinnamon-64bit-beta.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=1M while having my HDD still in and it made the HDD the bootable device instead of another ...
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Clone Debian installation

I want to clone an existing Debian installation and restore on a new machine with a hard drive of different size. The partioning is very easy - /dev/sda1 for EFI, /dev/sda2 for Linux and /dev/sda3 ...
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Create Linux USB that can boot from any computers like the liveusb installer

From my understanding, when installing Linux on a USB, it's only guaranteed to boot on that machine, unlike the liveUSB installer. So my Dell laptop already has Linux on it's internal hard drive. ...
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How do I install a live ISO on an SD card so it boots anywhere?

How do I install (NOT live-persistence) an xNIX live-iso onto an sd card? I want it to be able to boot on most machines. In depth: I've burned a pendrive with parrotsec 4.4 64 bit to install parrot ...
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How to find boot record of external HDD

I have an internal NoteBook HDD hooked up to a Linux machine externally via USB and want to check if this HDD has some sort of boot record on it. I have no access to BIOS and can not boot my device ...
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Both Windows & Ubuntu on HDD and installation USB won't boot now

This old DELL laptop originally comes with Windows 7, then I installed Ubuntu some time last year. Ubuntu has been unable to boot or install or LIVE any linux distros since this April, I've tried same ...
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How to install nitrux os? [duplicate]

I would like to install Nitrux OS on my computer, which I like because of its beautiful design. I currently have Ubuntu installed, downloaded the Nitrux ISO and would now like to create a bootable USB....
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linux command fails with alloc magic is broken at 0xXXXXX

I have problems booting into my MacBookPro9,2 I have Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. When I try to boot manually I can set the root to (hd1,3) which is the partition I have for Ubuntu. I can’t proceed to boot ...
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Can I install Linux on USB drive and then connect same drive internally (sata) and boot from it?

I would like to replace the hard drive in an old (2013) laptop with a cheap SSD. The SSD is empty and working AFAIK, it is seen by the BIOS and it's info are reported correctly, but if I turn the ...
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Bootable ISO vs. Partitioning

I would like to create a bootable Linux ISO on a USB drive under Debian 9. I found that the ISO is only bootable if it has been written to the disk /dev/XdY. If the ISO is written to a specific ...
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How to boot OpenWRT on VMware Fusion from .img file?

I have VMware Fusion 10. I have created VM with Other Linux 3.x kernel. I have downloaded OpenWRT OS image openwrt-18.06.1-x86-64-combined-ext4.img My question is how can I boot my OpenWRT OS from ...
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How do I add grub parameters on a bootable persistent usb kali? [duplicate]

I have a bootable persistent usb kali. I need to add a "nouveau.modeset=0" to my grub boot parameters. I can do this temporarily by pressing 'e' on the GRUB menu and putting it in there like this ...
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How to boot from external HDD?

The laptop I'm using has Solus installed on it, but I accidentally bricked it while trying to get the right video driver. It's a MacBook Air. I have a HDD with a partition containing a live version of ...
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Tree command package installation?

I tried to use the tree command in a bootable USB Ubuntu environment but it showed that it is not installed so I tried sudo apt install tree, but it didn't work and reported that it was unable to ...
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Boot Linux from USB Stick - does not work with all sticks - device descriptor error read 64 error -110 -71 enumerate - address

this is driving me nuts: i have EXACTLY the same image written via dd to USB Stick: SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 32GB SDCZ48-032G it works with Model: BM171026162B but with Model: BM160825364B it ...
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How can I change a flash drive back after making it a bootable device for Ubuntu installation?

I created a bootable flash drive by dd /path/to/ubuntu.iso /dev/sdb Now after finishing installation of Ubuntu using the flash drive, what command can modify the flash drive , so that it can be used ...
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How to burn a bootable USB for Fedora from Ubuntu for use in Virtual Box VM

I want to create a VirtualBox VM for Fedora to run on an Ubuntu system. I am trying to debug a TLS problem with connectivity to an API server I need to connect to. This connectivity is made through ...
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How to make bootable Linux USB with persistent storage that boots on Mac?

I need a working Linux (live) ditro, preferably Debian 9 or CentOS 7, that will show on MacMini (Late 2014) boot menu (holding the option/alt key). Live distro should have persistent storage and work ...
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Which method prefer to create bootable usb using dd? [closed]

This USB flash installation media guides me to use oflag=sync: # dd bs=4M if=/path/to/archlinux.iso of=/dev/sdx status=progress oflag=sync ... but other articles like itsfoss guide me to use sync: #...
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Installing Linux Mint over windows 7 Ultimate

I have found an old computer which runs Windows & Ultimate. I have always wanted to install Linux to have a play about and decided to install on this old computer making it my current project. I ...
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Can't create a bootable USB/DVD for Clear linux

I am currently using windows and would like to create a VB instance of Clear linux. But when I download the installer or the live img.xz file as instructed here https://clearlinux.org/documentation/...
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Do bootable linux USB drives need to be safely ejected?

I recently created a bootable Mint Xfce environment on a USB drive. After booting up and using it a few times, it stopped storing panel preferences I had made and, after some digging, I realized it ...
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Booting Linux Mint from USB Drive

New linux user here... I'm trying to boot my Windows 10 PC, to Linux Mint, via a USB Drive. I have to do some coding work for college, and I liked the linux operating system better. Since I'll only ...
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Create Bootable ISO of CentOS Installation

My use case is as follows: - I have a running CentOS 7 system with some packages and customizations. I need to make it into a bootable ISO USB so that next time I plug the USB into a bare metal ...
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How to make a bootabe pendrive (USB Drive) consisting of multiple os?

Say I want to make a USB Drive that contains a bootable Ubuntu, Arch and other. How to do that?
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How to make a bootable ISO file

I want to convert a bin file to a bootable ISO. I follow the instructions in this link,"How Can I Make a Bootable CD With ISOLINUX?" to create a ISO file. I put my bin file in images folder, ...
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Pendrive to install Solus Linux doesn't work

I've downloaded Solus Linux ISO (with the GNOME desktop) from its official site. Then, I booted into Windows, opened Rufus, and burned the ISO into my pen drive with the GPT partitioning scheme for ...
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I can't access BIOS menu after installing Lubuntu

I did have Windows 8 with UEFI BIOS menu. I've since replaced windows with Lubuntu 17.04. I now wish to change distros, however I can no longer access the BIOS menu to change the boot order. Pressing ...
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How to convert a Linux system from a virtualbox machine to a physical machine without losing data?

I need to convert a CentOs 7 from virtualbox to a file .iso and then transfer this .iso file to a usb stick or bootable DVD and install that CentOs (contains my files and packages that I want) to ...
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Create bootable USB

In need of some clarification from the instructions provided by this site: https://tecadmin.net/how-to-create-bootable-linux-usb-drive-from-linux-terminal/ I was able to successfully follow your ...
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Which bootloader that Unetbootin uses?

I used Unetbootin to make a bootable USB. The installing process consists of 4 step, one of them is "Installing Bootloader". I wonder which Bootloader Unetbootin has used because I want to try to ...
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Full clone of encrypted disk not bootable on other computers

I have made a full disk clone of my encrypted S2 disk to an external USB disk with dd if=/dev/nvme0n1 of=/dev/sdb status=progress The S2 disk was not mounted when cloning, I used a live distribution ...
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Unable to install new OS [closed]

I've been trying to dual install Windows 7 and Linux Mint (64bit) on my computer, currently running Linux Mint (32bit). I've got the .iso files for both OSs, and have made bootable USBs for each, but ...
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Booting Linux from USB without overwriting Windows

So I was under the impression that if I flashed an image of Ubuntu onto a USB stick, connected it to my laptop running Windows 10 and booted it from the boot menu (F10) I would be able to use linux as ...
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Multiple OS boot usb

I have created a multi boot USB stick with a couple of distros, everything is working fine. Now i want to add Win 10 to the stick somehow. It seems most Apps like multisystem multiboostusb and yumi ...
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How to make an Ubuntu flashdrive portable to different computers? [closed]

I installed Ubuntu on my USB stick and everything works as expected on my main PC, but when I connect the USB stick to my laptop and try to boot it gets stuck in a boot-loop at the loading screen. ...
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system doesn't have any usb boot option Error

I want to install Linux 17 instead of Windows 10. I burned my USB with Rusuf using GPT partition scheme for UEFI. I restart my computer with shift key and choose EFI USB. When computer has restarted ...
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Portable USB HD No Bootable Device Elementary OS

Problem: I am trying to install Elementary OS Loki onto a Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB portable USB HD, I don't think my problem is specific to the OS. The install completes successfully (using the ...