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Questions tagged [live-usb]

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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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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Why is an OS installed on a USB thumb drive so much slower than a live OS running off the same thumb drive?

Running Fedora 26 in a live environment almost feels like native speed to me, but when I install the OS to a thumb drive and boot into it, everything takes forever to startup. Once things start they'...
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UEFI + BIOS bootable live Debian stretch amd64 with persistence

All of the information I currently find on this matter is insufficient for my taste. It is either outdated, misleading or even wrong, seems overly complicated or not covering this specific question. ...
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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 Formatted ...
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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 working....
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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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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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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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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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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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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, ie....
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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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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. There ...
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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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Alternatives to Debian Live for persistent Debian system on USB

For the last six years, my main workstation has consisted of a pen drive running the Debian Live images with a persistent partition. The images were simple, brilliant and reliable, and the online web ...
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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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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 best ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: http://...
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Set up a portable development environment [closed]

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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How to revert a `dnf install`?

I have installed liveusb-creator using DNF on Fedora 24. These are the dependencies that were installed along with it: liveusb-creator.noarch 3.95.2-1.fc24 python-cssselect.noarch 0.9.1-9.fc24 python-...
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How to setup SSH access to Arch Linux Iso (livecd) booted computer?

How to setup/configure the Arch Linux bootcd (live-CD, ISO) so I can login to it using an SSH client? And which password is by default set for the (automatic login) root account?
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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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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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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. I'...
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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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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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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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Linux from Scratch to bootable disk image

I competed LFS 7.6. I want to know is it possible to make it into a bootable disk image that can boot in to different systems?
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Preparing USB drive for Kali Linux [duplicate]

I'm new to Kali Linux. I want to install it on my PC which is already running windows 8. I know how to dual boot a PC. I'll be booting Linux from a USB device, but while creating a bootable USB ...
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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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Use a partitioned live usb

I have a USB device and i'm trying to create it in a way that it has 2 partitions: one for a live linux disc and the other for document storage. I created the partitions using gparted and and set a ...
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Redefining partitions from Ubuntu live usb

I created an Ubuntu live usb: $ dd if=/path/to/ubuntu.iso of=/dev/sdb I installed my distro. Now I want to turn my usb back for a normal storing use. $ lsblk sdb 8:16 1 15G 0 disk ├─...
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Remount Arch Linux installation CD to download some additional packages

According to this post I can: Start the livedisk again, remount your drives archroot into your root partition and then install the packages you need and everything should work. However, I ...
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How to boot using a squashfs image as rootfs

I made a squashfs image from my system root, I want to put it on a USB drive among some Live ISOs, and make boot menu using GRUB2. What kernel boot parameters should I use to specify that Squashfs ...
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Boot iso file through uEFI by calling EFI executable inside the iso

I want to create a USB stick that I can use to boot multiple iso files. I want to do this through uEFI. The usb stick would look something like this: /EFI /bootx64.efi /something.conf /isos /...
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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 drive....
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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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What could cause an ata4.00 error even without any harddrive when installing Debian 9.9 from a live USB?

I have a problem installing (running) Debian9.9 on my system. First my setup: ADATA M2 256G - The destination drive WDC Blue 2T - Data disk Samsung EVO 120G - Windows 10 drive USB SanDisk 16G ...
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Cannot boot into Linux off live USB

I am trying to dual boot Linux on my laptop (Dell XPS 15) which is running Windows 10 Pro. I did not have any problem dual booting the two operating systems on my desktop. I cannot boot up ANY Linux ...
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Cannot Boot New Linux From USB

Recently, I got a new laptop, the MSI gx60. I grabbed a usb and loaded the Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon image onto it, tested it on my old laptop and desktop, where it worked. However, when I try it on my ...
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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 ...