Questions related to live USB devices, which allow you to test drive Ubuntu without installing it on your hard drive.

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How to burn / create a bootable USB or CD for UEFI-secure-boot

I used Lili (LinuxLive USB Creator) to create a bootable USB Stick based on the 64bit Lubuntu 13.04 iso with Windows 8 Uefi secure boot. The stick starts only in legacy boot, but not in Uefi mode. ...
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Difference between Live Session and Full Installation.

When I boot a computer from a Ubuntu disc and choose an option to try ubuntu. How exactly live session runs? Is it a full running instance of ubuntu os or some sort of visual interface on top of ...
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How do I convert my Ubuntu installation into a Live-USB or Live-CD?

Say I have Ubuntu installed in a hard drive What can I do to generate a liveUSB that is as similar as possible to the installation ?
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Dual boot 12.04/windows 7 After installation my computer reboots straight to Windows. There is no option to boot Ubuntu.

Windows 7 Home Premium Intel i5 2500k CPU ASUSP8Z68-V PRO motherboard GeForce GTX 570 GPU Corsair 120Gb SSD (Windows 7 OS) WD 1 TB HDD I select the USB drive in the BIOS and boot to it ...
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Is it useful to run Ubuntu Friendly off a LiveUSB?

To secure maximum data for Ubuntu Friendly, the maximum number of computers should be tested. However, it is not possible for me (or anyone) to install Ubuntu on all the computers we have access to. ...
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Unable to load live usb

I have created a bootable USB with ubuntu 10.10 with usb-creator-gtk from terminal. How ever it is not getting booted. It keeps loading in the ubuntu main screen.. Is there a way to debug this problem ...
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How do I put Ubuntu on a NON-flash external USB hard-drive?

Amazingly enough, circumstances have left me without a single USB flash drive, or a working CD-R drive. Also, because I moved about six months ago, I got rid of all my extra Ubuntu CDs that I used to ...
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Which file on a USB live installation made with UNetBootin persists file information?

I created an installation of Ubuntu 11.10 using UNetBootin on a usb thumbdrive. I've downloaded programs and installed them with apt-get so that they persist on the drive between boots. What file ...
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How to build a dynamic grub on a usb-drive?

I would like to setup GRUB on a USB where it detects automatically the available OS installations on the machine that it is plugged into... This could be useful if you messed up your default GRUB ...
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Dual Boot - No GRUB [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: There’s an issue with an Alpha/Beta Release of Ubuntu, what should I do? I have Windows 7 installed in a primary partition and wanted to install Ubuntu 12.10 in a new ...
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Force startx to run X in a specific resolution and refresh Rate

From my past experience (using Win-Xp), this particular monitor works only on 60Hz , Best resolution being 1024x768. I have "installed and configured" Ubuntu 12.04 Minimal (on USB stick) so that most ...
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Method to create a live USB disk (with persistence) which actually works?

I've tried so many combinations - all I want is a fast Ubuntu Live USB disk with persistence that works. What I've tried so far: Using unetbootin on my Mac, choosing some "Space used to preserve ...
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Random Shutdowns

I've installed Ubuntu on a USB thumbdrive, to be used to backup (image) and partition a harddisk. I'm currently stuck at the backup-phase of my plan, because Ubuntu keeps shutting down. From my ...
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“Restoring previously installed packages” never ends

I'm upgrading Ubuntu 11.04 to 11.10 via a liveusb. It has been "restoring previously installed packages" for about 1h 30 mins. Is it normal to take so much time? Could I do something to improve speed? ...
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How to install on a MacBook with a broken optical drive?

The optical drive of a "late 2007" MacBook broke recently. I'm starting to think that it's not possible to install Linux on this machine via an USB device. I've installed Ubuntu (still running) on ...
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Getting an error on Live USB boot: “(initramfs) Unable to find a medium containing a live file system”

There are plenty of threads on this topic, I've tried every solution mentioned there: Different version of Ubuntu (Kubuntu 13.10, Kubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.04) Using USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports ...
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How do I install Ubuntu on someone's laptop so they can customize it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to make an OEM Install? I would like to give someone an old computer ("hand-me-down") after installing Ubuntu on it. Is there a way to preinstall and/or customize it ...
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How do I stop this warning: “W: Duplicate sources.list entry cdrom://Ubuntu 11.10 _Oneiric Ocelot_…”

I'm running Ubuntu on a live usb drive and every time I boot, the apt line cdrom://Ubuntu 11.10 _Oneiric Ocelot_ - Release amd64 (20111012)/ oneiric/main i386 Packages and another similar apt line ...
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How to create a bootable Ubuntu USB flash drive from terminal?

Is there any way to create a bootable Ubuntu USB flash drive from the terminal without using any third-party applications like YUMI,Unetbootin, etc. I tried to create a bootable Ubuntu flash drive ...
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From terminal , how make a LIVE USB for all distro's ,not only for Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Create USB installer from the command line? With curiosity I have on terminal, I came to this step. How can I create Live USB from terminal? Is there any tool i got to ...
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How to create a bootable USB stick?

I am looking at this: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-ubuntu I need to create a boot disk to test Ubuntu to make sure it will run on a PC (Compaq Mini CQ10-120LA) I was ...
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How to fix syslinux error creating a bootable USB stick in Windows?

I downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 desktop and I am trying to create a bootable USB drive using the universal USB installer. However, I keep getting the message: An error(1) occurred while executing ...
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Can I create a LiveUSB for installing Lubuntu without using a CD?

I'm trying to understand how to create a LiveUSB for installing Lubuntu. I'm currently downloading the .iso, and I'm trying to understand whether I can create a LiveUSB for installation without first ...
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32 and 64 bit on one live USB stick

I have successfully created a bootable Live USB stick on an 8Gb drive with either the 32 and 64 bit version of 11.10 but not bother at the same time. I would like to put them both on the same stick ...
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Convert a live CD to a bootable USB

I bought an Ubuntu CD that contains an ISO image file (.iso). I want to install Ubuntu on a netbook and it cannot be done by the CD, so I have to install Ubuntu by USB. How can I convert the Ubuntu CD ...
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How do I create a bootable Ubuntu USB using Trisquel?

Does anyone have experience creating a bootable Ubuntu USB from the Trisquel OS? I have no access to a Windows or OS X machine.
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Booting the liveCD/USB in EFI mode fails on Samsung Tablet XE700T1A

My tablet is Samsung Series 7 Slate (XE700T1A-A02FR (French Language)). It operates an Intel Sandy Bridge architecture. The main issue about this tablet is that it ships with an installed Windows 7 in ...
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How to create bootable usb from pre-installed Ubuntu?

I am a new Ubuntu user. Whoever helped me assumes that I've actively downloaded Ubuntu and so have an ISO. But I got Ubuntu pre-installed, and want to create a bootable USB backup. No idea what to ...
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Will the data from my persistent Live-USB automatically transfer when I install?

I have a Live USB of Lubuntu 12.04. I have been working with it for quite some time now and have installed quite a few packages in it. Now, I want to convert this to an actual install. When I do so, ...
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12.04 won't boot from Live CD or USB

My laptop (the only PC left in my home to install Ubuntu 12.04 now that it's out) is not booting from Live CD or USB. I get past the screen with the little person in the circle. but right after that, ...
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How to make a persistent live Ubuntu USB with more than 4GB

I want to make a persistent live Ubuntu/ Mint usb drive with more than 4gb of storage. I know there is an option of installing linux directly on the drive but I dont want to do this as it will ...
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Downloading Ubuntu to USB for another computer?

I have an Asus F5VL that was running Vista but when I tried downloading Office 2010 the OS crashed. Now I need a recovery disk to get it back to life but I only have a macbook available to me to ...
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cannot mount /dev/loop1 on /cow

I am trying to install ubuntu 12.10 64bit using a liveUsb and I got this message : cannot mount /dev/loop1 on /cow which shows up after clicking on "try Ubuntu before installing" or install Ubuntu". ...
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Create windows XP's live USB using ubuntu [closed]

My hard disk crashed.. I can run Ubuntu using a pendrive by making a live USB of Ubuntu, which I made using Windows 7. In the similar way, I want to run Windows XP too using another pen drive (without ...
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Ubuntu on external HDD. HELP!

Update: I did how ubuntu_tr told me to do. Ubuntu installs successfully. But when i boot with the HDD, this error shows up: Error: Partition is undiscoverable Grub Rescue >_ [I could type some ...
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How can I save settings on a Live USB?

So I have an Ubuntu 11.10 Live USB disk. I've noticed that my settings never get saved. Every time I reboot while in my Live USB and then boot back into it, all my settings and [un]installed programs ...
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Installing Ubuntu using updated Live USB

I used Ubuntu's Startup Disk Creator to make the Live USB, for recovery purposes, and update it often. I have also installed additional software from Ubuntu's Software Center. If I use that same ...
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What is the difference between ubuntu-13.10-desktop-amd64.iso and ubuntu-13.10-desktop-amd64+mac.iso?

My current assumption is that the mac version has drivers particular to the mac ecosystem? Does that mean that I can't create a live system with the non mac iso to boot my mac over USB?
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Xubuntu live usb persistence - how to?

I'm using Xubuntu 13.04 from live usb. I know that in order to be able to keep files/settings/etc after restart, USB live disk should be created with some storage reserved. However since I got this ...
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Using 12.04 installation as a persistent pen drive

Disclaimer: I aim to build a self contained pen drive with our application inside for running it in as many machines as possible. Portability. So no matter about updates. Maybe I'm looking at the ...
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Bootable USB stick created for installation doesn't work

I've downloaded the Ubuntu 12.10 iso and followed the instructions on http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows. After I tried the usb disk I got to the Ubuntu live menu, but ...
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How to install Grub2 under several common scenarios

I feel the community has long needed a clean guide on how to install Grub2 under a a few extremely common scenarios. I will accept answer as solved when it has one section per scenario and assumes ...
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Can't install due to “udeb file failed the MD5 checksum verification” error

I have been trying to get Ubuntu 12.04.1 (desktop-i386) running on my laptop. Have burned a boot-able CD containing 12.04.1. It allows me the option of Trying out Ubuntu before installing, but the ...
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What's the difference between installing and trying Ubuntu?

I was wondering what the difference between running and trying Ubuntu and I was also wondering if there was any downfall to running Ubuntu on a USB drive.
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Is there a version of Ubuntu Server that will install from a USB drive?

I am trying to install Ubuntu Server on a computer that has no CD Drive and it is trying to detect a CD drive and fails whenever it cant find it.
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Live-USB with read-write stick

I've got one of the few USB Sticks with hardware read only switch (Trekstor). I'd like to use a bootable Linux with it, e.g. to fix problems with Windows PCs without danger of infecting or changing ...
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New Dell Vostro 3550 will not boot into Live CD

I've been trying to install Ubuntu and/or it's derivatives on my new Dell Vostro 3550 but I'm finding it impossible to boot into the live CD environment. Here are the things I've already tried: ...
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Resize a pendrive Linux?

I'm running Ubuntu from USB media, which has a drive capacity of 250 GB, all existing as one FAT32 partition. However, when I created the bootable Ubuntu drive, only 4.79 GB were allocated for ...
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How do I make an Ubuntu USB flash drive installer / bootable USB?

How can I make an Ubuntu USB flash drive installer (or bootable USB), containing the the latest version of Ubuntu? For completeness, how would I be able to do this on Ubuntu, Windows, OS X or another ...
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Mount an image created from ddrescue

I know this question has been asked before, but following those answers does not seem to work for me. I have created an image of a USB stick this is on my laptop harddrive. How do I mount this ...