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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0 votes
0 answers
27 views

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 ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
61 views

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 ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
164 views

Error: NVram is locked

I have a problem like this: https://paste2.org/7HMJZKsh I use ZorinOS 16 and MBR with a table partition like this: MY Notebook Asus A45A Core i3 2370M RAM 6 GB Intel HD Graphic 3000 HDD 500GB What ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
58 views

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 &...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
118 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 111
-2 votes
1 answer
48 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 1
1 vote
1 answer
549 views

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-...
user avatar
  • 4,327
0 votes
0 answers
93 views

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 ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
15 views

Manually creating a bootable sdcard after building linux kernel

This is a follow up for the previous question here I managed to get the kernel to build but I am not sure yet if I have done everything correctly I now have a zImage file, modules folder and u-boot....
user avatar
  • 169
0 votes
1 answer
36 views

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 ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
79 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 119
0 votes
1 answer
44 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 125
0 votes
1 answer
38 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 101
0 votes
1 answer
469 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 185
0 votes
1 answer
98 views

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: ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
320 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 3
0 votes
0 answers
16 views

Change Windows Root file system table

I am trying to convert a VMDK image to iso following (this) guide. But I am running into a problem, I am transferring a Windows FS which doesn't follow the ~6th step. Basically, I have this layout in ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
35 views

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.
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
13 views

Can't boot without a liveUSB

I'm coming from Ubuntu, and am somewhat new to Arch-based Linux. I installed an Arch-based Linux yesterday. Everything went smooth until when I wanted to boot. First, my PC didn't recognize the EFI ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
128 views

Kali Linux Installation - Keyboard and Mouse don't work in Installation Process

I have been trying to install Kali Linux on my old computer which has Windows 7 installed on it, so in order to install Kali on that machine I used Rufus to make a bootable USB and of course I ...
user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
301 views

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. ...
user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
790 views

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 ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
52 views

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, ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
28 views

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 ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
45 views

Should I use a laptop or bootable USB to get a portable webserver? [closed]

I'd like to intermittently run either a Debian or Ubuntu webserver on my internal wifi. I could install it on a laptop and that might be the best idea. However, I've also heard a little about Tails ...
user avatar
  • 11
0 votes
1 answer
64 views

What parts of a bootable ISO are required and what to put in them [closed]

So I wanted to make a bootable USB of my personal Linux From Scratch. But I cannot find any guide on how to do this. So what files are absolutely required and what parts are optional, I have no idea ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
168 views

How can I obtain the block size of an iso file without booting from it?

I would like to use the dd command to make a bootable flash drive, but for that I need to know what the correct block size is. I know that I can just boot the ISO in a VM and run parted or fdisk to ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
198 views

How to create Bootable usb with preinstalled programs and custom settings

I want to create several bootable Ubuntu 20.04 USB's with a bunch of programs installed. I want to automate this process, and not install plain Ubuntu and have to do the changes manually. I have a ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
1k views

Install Grub to USB drive with installed Linux distros inside

I'm trying to make a usb drive with two linux distros installed inside. The idea is to carry the usb drive with me and boot the distros in the computer available at the place where I am at that moment....
user avatar
  • 131
0 votes
1 answer
818 views

Verified good `mkisofs` for CentOS 8?

I'm running through the steps to add a kickstart to a CentOS 8 ISO. I've looked at Red Hat's documentation for RHEL5 through RHEL8, and several probably outdated web pages. I know the dd command to ...
user avatar
  • 1,386
0 votes
1 answer
197 views

No boot sector on USB device

Downloaded a minimal CentOS 32 bit ISO image from here: http://mirror1.hs-esslingen.de/pub/Mirrors/centos-altarch/7.9.2009/isos/i386/ $ curl -O http://mirror1.hs-esslingen.de/pub/Mirrors/centos-...
user avatar
  • 1,315
1 vote
0 answers
201 views

Boot another computer's drive with QEMU

I recently installed a SSD on an old laptop and I kept the previous disk. Now I want to see if I left anything important there, so I put it into a USB to SATA cask and I'm trying to access my data. ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
149 views

ZFS mirror bootable? (to boot from it in case the other fails)

I'm looking to have a ZFS mirror on my small fileserver, that's essentially one "mobile workstation" with two 2.5" drive bays, DVD drive, USB3, all the slots, and ports you can imagine, ...
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
115 views

RHEL/CentOS Bootable USB Drive with Extra Files

I have a 128GB USB Drive and I can bootstrap and install REHL 8.3. I would like to place additional files on the USB Drive that are readable after the system is installed. Internet research yields ...
user avatar
  • 161
0 votes
1 answer
270 views

Dual boot (Ubuntu)-(Ubuntu with boot partition on usb)

I have two internal SSDs in my computer, one that currently has Ubuntu 20 installed with the following partitioning: nvme0n1 │ ...
user avatar
  • 43
0 votes
1 answer
104 views

Storage next to bootable USB (Not persistant storage)

I'm wondering if it was possible to have a USB stick from which I can boot some Linux distro like Peppermint and have the same stick act as a normal storage drive at the same time (as in a separate ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
69 views

Can I create a bootable live disk for Linux Mint using a non-optical external hard drive?

Is it possible for me to create a bootable live disk for Linux Mint (or any distro of Linux in general) using a Seagate 1 TB hard disk? If so, how? Will the image be permanently burnt to the disk if I ...
user avatar
-1 votes
1 answer
24 views

Dual boot Linux & windows on old mac-book 4.1 without mac OS X installed [closed]

i changed my HDD that have windows 7 installed to new laptop now i can't boot into it.
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
105 views

Bios does not detect the usb key to boot it

I want to create a MS-Windows bootable usb using linux (I'm using rpi4 to do it). I formatted the usb mass-storage-device as follow: df -h sudo umount /dev/sda1 udo mkfs.ntfs /dev/sda1 Then I used ...
user avatar
  • 101
1 vote
0 answers
639 views

How to create bootable iso from VirtualBox machine?

I've got Debian or Ubuntu system installed inside VirtualBox. I adjusted it to my demands: I installed some software, uninstalled unwanted packages, configured the settings for some user account and ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
135 views

Kali Live Boot error

I know this question has sort of been asked before a while back but it doesn't seem to have a answer after extensive googling. Now some time has passed since the last time this was asked and hopefully ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
677 views

How to create full-backup bootable ISO file using Relax-and-Recover app?

I've recently faced a problem in which I need to make a bootable ISO from my current local Ubuntu with all its configs and installed apps, so that I can write it on a USB flash drive and install it on ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
403 views

Create a Live ISO from a directory

Heyo, I've been working on a small distro of mine, and have stitched together a system. Now, I'd like to be able to use this to create a live install ISO. I've looked into ways, but what I found was a ...
user avatar
  • 367
1 vote
2 answers
564 views

Distinct volume label for ISO and EFI partitions using xorriso?

I'm trying to use xorriso to build an ISO, with a precreated EFI image (created by mkdosfs with no volume name provided) controlling boot, that can be dd'd onto USB media and remain bootable. This ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
844 views

KDE Partition Manager can't regrow my EXT4 partition after shrinking it?

I'm sorry if I mix different units in this but these are the units I see when working. I decided to add a new partition to my bootable sd card which contained a 21GB partition of an EXT4 file system (...
user avatar
  • 33
3 votes
1 answer
2k views

Error while installing Pop OS 20.04 - Thinkpad T495

I'm trying to install pop os 20.04 on my thinkpad so i've download the proper image from https://pop.system76.com/ and created a bootable usb using rufus. When I go to the boot section and select the ...
user avatar
  • 133
1 vote
1 answer
40 views

Transferring OS from one medium to another

I have a USB drive with Manjaro ARM on it (which is used for Raspberry Pi 4 system) and an empty SD card. Is there a possible way to transfer the OS from USB drive to SD card, while preserving the ...
user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
896 views

GRUB Bootloader depends on my bootable flash drive to find Windows 10 on the internal eMMc drive

For the rest of this question, you can assume anything with 'internal' refers to the internal eMMc drive of my laptop, anything with 'USB' refers to my bootable USB flash drive, 'Debian' means Debian ...
user avatar
  • 33
2 votes
0 answers
85 views

Create an ISO containing command line Linux plus my utilities

I'm trying to create something simple: a USB that boots a live version of Linux that can be used without installation. I'd like to add a few utilities of my own and want it to be good old command line ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
137 views

Sparse, bootable Linux images? [closed]

I've set up a new Linux workstation and would like to create a backup image in order to save time in case something breaks. This is the situation: Workstation: 512 GB SSD, 12 GB used, ext4 file ...
user avatar
  • 111

1
2 3 4 5