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

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Move existing Ubuntu install to flash drive?

Is it possible to move my installed copy of Ubuntu 11.10 from my laptop's internal hard drive to a bootable flash drive?
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Cannot boot live USB with Ubuntu on a specific PC, on others the USB works fine?

What I do: I prepare Ubuntu live USB and boot with it. I select the USB pen drive. The PC tries to boot from it. What happens I receive an error message: boot error. What is expected: A normal boot ...
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How can I use my usb hdd as a live installer without formatting it all?

I have some unpartioned space on my usb HDD and I would like to use that space to setup a live ubuntu installation partition. I have a lot of data in other partitions that I want to keep, so I cannot ...
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Live USB not saving setting to not suspend when laptop lid is closed

I see that a similar question exists but it's with regards to Ubuntu 10.10. I currently have Ubuntu 11.10. Also, I am unsure as to whether or not the Live booting would have anything to do with this ...
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How to test wine via live usb stick?

I want to test wine with a current Ubuntu live image. I managed to install ubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386.iso on a USB stick. The resulting USB stick boots alright. Unfortunately, the live image does not ...
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Install ubuntu on pendrive and use remaining disk space to store files, instead of persistence file

Is there any way where I can install Ubuntu on my pendrive / USB stick, and then have my files, settings, etc. saved across reboots? I want the files to be easily accessible from other computers, so ...
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Is there a better way to run ubuntu from usb disk

I have an old laptop with a broken hard drive controller and am running the previous ubuntu from a usb. I installed this as per standard instructions by running some program that copied the live cd to ...
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How can I save settings on a Live USB? [duplicate]

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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Partition Flash Drive?

I want to partition a USB flash drive so that two gigabytes is reserved for ubuntu and persistence, and the other two is for my files. I used gparted to create two fat32 partitions on the flash drive. ...
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How do I run Ubuntu 11.10 from a pendrive with an Acer BIOS?

My BIOS just "freezes" if a try to Boot from a pendrive and I have to remove the battery to restart... :( does it have a solution? I'm trying to make a clean 11.10 installation, I already have Windows ...
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No user name/password required when exploring from live USB?

A few months back when I buggered up my netbook and then booted into it to get information from it using a live USB. (Thinking that was 10.10) When I was copy/pasting this to another USB at no time ...
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Impossible to run Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Wubi Installer Error? I've been trying for a while to run Ubuntu, but nothing I do seems to work (outside of a virtual machine, and I'd really rather not run it in a ...
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If I install ubuntu on my external hard drive, will my data be deleted?

I have an external harddrive that I use to backup my files. But now I want to install ubuntu on it. I was thinking of a LiveUSB instalation, because it would allow me to boot ubuntu from other ...
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SYSLINUX? Booting off a Live USB? [closed]

I used Unetbootin to install Xubuntu to a Live USB (a 4 GB SanDisk). By default, I'm running Windows 7 (which is also what I ran Unetbootin on). The computer I'm trying to use to boot off the Live USB ...
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How can I make an existing persistant live USB installation load more of the OS to RAM?

A while back I installed (a permanent installation, not a Live USB) Ubuntu on my USB thumb drive. Unfortunately, the transfer rates are too slow for a smooth and responsive experience, so I'd like to ...
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Wont boot from USB, stops at SYSLINUX copyright

Created bootable 11.10 in Windows from Universal USB Installer 1.8.6.8, upon boot in my HP Mini Netbook it displays only this: SYSLINUX 4.04 EDD 2011-04-18 Copyright (C) 1994-2011 H. Peter Anvin et ...
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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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How do I install on an UEFI Asus 1215b netbook?

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 11.10 on a UEFI netbook Asus 1215b using an USB stick. I created a fat32 efi partition of 100MB, 2GB swap, and 2 ext4 partitions (for root (/ ) and /home, respectively). ...
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How to create and access extra space on USB Stick?

I used the Ubuntu 11.10 iso and did a dd to create a LiveUSB. I also used gParted to assign the extra space to a second VFAT partition. Is there any way to mount the additional space while running ...
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How do I recover my username and password on a persistent LiveUSB?

I booted Ubuntu 11.04 from a persistent pendrive installation. It asked for the keyring password the 1st time, and I just cancelled the dialog window and went through. After the 3rd or 4th booting ...
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Why am I having the most perfectly looking boot when I run from CD/USB but not from HD?

I've read the lot of topics on plymouth and nvidia drivers. However my question is focused on why the difference between live cd and installation? By "the perfectly looking boot" I mean: the boot ...
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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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Installation from a Live USB changes the network device name (eth0, eth1, …)

I have created a live usb from terminal using the following command, usb-creator-gtk now the problem is when i install the first system using this live usb, it assigns the network device of the 1st ...
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If I can, how do I install Ubuntu from Ubuntu?

Here's what I mean: I normally install by running a Ubuntu Live USB, clicking "try" Ubuntu, and when I'm ready, I double-click the "Install Ubuntu" icon on the desktop. Now, I have an eSATAp port ...
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How to install adobe flash into bootable USB

Let me explain a couple things before my question...I am running Ubuntu from my flash drive because my hard drive crashed and I am waiting on some parts to come in. Since i cannot install Ubuntu onto ...
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Which folders are often written to, and how can I mount those folders on a separate drive?

I have a headless ubuntu server acting as a fileserver (samba and ssh) and sometimes virtualbox host. It is currently running from a USB drive, since all hard drive slots on the motherboard are ...
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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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PC shuts down when installing ubuntu?

I'm now using ubuntu from USB, and I'd like to install ubuntu on my hard disk. I tried the option of removing Vista while installing ubuntu. However, near the end of the installation process ...
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AT3IONT3-I Boot from USB

I'm trying to get my HTPC I've built to run ubuntu. For some reason, when I try to boot from USB I get this weird graphical error. Tweaking the bios a little more tells me that it can't find anything ...
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“Multiple active partitions” error

I already have Ubuntu 11.04 (which I installed with WUBI) and Windows 7. I also want to install Ubuntu 11.10 Beta. When I boot with the Ubuntu USB, I get the error: Multiple active partitions. ...
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Cannot boot from LiveUSB created with Pendrivelinux

I was trying to create a LiveUSB with my SanDisk Cruzer on Ubuntu with the Startup Disk Creator program, then because of some reason it could not boot. I guess it was because I checked the Format USB ...
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Why do I get a blank screen when booting from a CD or USB stick?

I'm trying to boot the install from either a usb or cd with the iso file on them, as per umbutu install page. I set my bios to first boot from them ahead of hard drive. When I try the usb it just goes ...
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Installation from USB flash drive froze after boot

I am trying to install Ubuntu 11.04 on a computer that has Windows on it. I created an USB stick with Ubuntu's utility included on the live CD and the restarted and booted from USB. After i get the ...
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SSD or USB for HTPC/Homeserver (only the OS)

I have a htpc / homeserver (apache2, mysql for some website testing) and I also use it as a htpc. My current setup is, it is in my bedroom, the OS is installed on a 2 TB drive, but at night the OS ...
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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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What file resets fstab on persistent live environments?

I'm trying to add lines to my /etc/fstab file. but the lines I add get cleared on reboot because I am using a persistent live USB stick. I don't want a lecture. I just want to know which file writes ...
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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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Can I write to the USB stick that I'm running Ubuntu from?

I'm running Ubuntu from a "Try Ubuntu" file that I downloaded to my USB stick and booted from. Can I mount that very USB stick and write to it while running Ubuntu from it? If so, how? Edit to ...
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Install screen doesn't show on Ubuntu LiveCD/LiveUSB

I got a new PC about a year ago and back then I tried to install Ubuntu beside Windows 7. I used my 3 month (back then) old CD I used to successfully install on my old computer beside of Windows XP. ...
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Boot from USB freezes [closed]

I am a total beginner to both Linux and Ubuntu. I have a netbook, an Acer Aspire One D255 with Windows 7. I want to boot from USB (no cd-drive on netbook) to first try Ubuntu and perhaps install it ...
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Is it possible to reboot Live CD powered computer?

I'm now discovering Ubuntu 11.04 to check that its good with my hardware. I need to install some additional stuff and then make reboot. Problem is that I use Live CD (or is it called Live USB if its ...
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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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How to use RDP protocol in Remote Desktop Viewer?

I am using a Natty Live-USB, and the Remote Desktop Viewer application (Applications -> Internet -> Remote Desktop Viewer) only shows SSH & VNC protocols. How can I include RDP in the list, in ...
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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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How to bypass “Try it / Install” screen when booting from USB Live Session? (without installing in the USB)

This has been asked several times already (I found it here, here and here), but basically everyone simply recommend to perform a full install to the USB stick. But I do need it to stay as a LIVE ...
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USB stick not avaliable after rebooting from Live session

Ive noticed a really annoying behaviour in Ubuntu: whenever I restart or shutdown the PC from a Live session, the USB stick becomes unavaliable when it reboots/turns on (as if the "safe removal" ...
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Add NTFS partition to live USB

If I add an NTFS partition to my USB, will it be accessible from both Windows and Ubuntu?
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Adding apt-get packages to a usb boot drive (and storing them on the drive)?

I want to compile some 3rd party software and install it on a bootable usb drive...there are several packages that I need to install with apt-get before I compile it. How could I store the apt-get ...
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How to create a bootable USB with multiple ISO images in it

What I want is to create a bootable pen drive that shows GRUB menu and I can select any of the several bootable systems from there to install/run. I have several ISO images that I want to install in ...
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Broken sudo: can't open /etc/sudoers: No such file or directory

I have a live USB persistent version of Ubuntu 11.04 installed with Unetbootin. After some time I experienced some bugs while upgrading the kernel and trying to use my second screen on my laptop. ...