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 create Ubuntu LiveUSB manually

The thing I'm trying to do: Make a bootable USB with two partitions (bootable FAT32 and NTFS for data). (DONE) Install GRUB2 to FAT32 partition. (DONE) Make FAT32 partition multiboot, with ...
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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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Disks utility says SMART is not supported, is there a workaround or aother way to troubleshoot?

I am using the Live USB to troubleshoot a troublesome hard drive. I want to run the self-test but as you can see in the image below that it says "SMART is not supported" and because of this I can't ...
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Boot ISO file via GRUB2

I'm migrating my multiboot USB drive from syslinux+grub to grub2. I'm now searching a way to boot my ISO files. I'm searching for a chainload method. So I don't want to add kernel and initrd ...
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Can't boot from liveUSB when trying to install it alongside Windows 7

I'm very noob at Linux and installing techniques. I want to install 12.04 from bootable usb flash alongside Windows 7 (also tried live CD but not working) but computer is not booting from USB flash or ...
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Device for boot loader installation via USB

I have used Ubuntu before, and really enjoyed using it, but it was set up by a friend of mine in the computer science department of our university, and we were making a dual-boot out of my netbook. ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 live USB just wiped my main install's /home for no apparent reason

As the title says, I've been trying to reinstall Ubuntu (it died and boot repair won't work), and while I'm checking things on my (very out of date, but it can't be helped as my internet's too slow to ...
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How to create a live system on usb-drive with persistent changes on disk/hdd

I was trying to install Ubuntu live on a USB-drive with persistent changes. However i wanted to write the changes to HDD instead of USB for various reasons (Performance, Space). I found out, that the ...
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The installer needs to remove operating system files from the install target, but was unable to do so. The install cannot continue

After breaking Ubuntu I decided to reinstall Ubuntu, since I had heard it is quite simple with a live CD/USB, all you need to do is select "Something Else", then not select the "Format Partition" ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Live works perfect, but after installation nothing but the keyboard works?

I'm using a Lenovo ThinkPad T510 with an i7 core and 6 gigs of RAM. When I boot Ubuntu from the USB stick Live it works fine, but when I install it, the trackpad doesn't work, the screen resolution is ...
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Graphics issues with live boot USB on Macbook Pro Retina

I am exploring possibly dual booting Ubuntu alongside OSX. However, when I'm in the live USB mode, a lot of the dialogue options are missing and some icons will not open when clicked. Here is a ...
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Boot configuration grub.cfg missing on 32-bit 15.04 live USB stick

After creating a live USB stick using Ubuntu's start-up drive creator, I can add the persistent parameter to the "Try Ubuntu" kernel line in /boot/grub/grub.cfg This works if I use the 64-bit image ...
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Is there a way I can partition my HDD without booting into LiveCD/USB?

It will not let me partition, it says the same amount for max and minimum amount of free-space, and the option to partition is grayed out, is there a way I can partition the HDD without using a ...
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Boot into Ubuntu from Android Tablet with Live USB Drive

I have an Android ASUS Slider tablet. I have successfully installed UBUNTU to an 8GB thumb drive. I would like to boot into the thumb drive the same way I do with a windows system except I would like ...
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Dual booting windows 8.1 and ubuntu 15.04 (Older BIOS)

I know this has been asked many many times, because I've probably read through most of these guides and answers but I just keep running into problem after problem. here is what I've done/tried so ...
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Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg received a segmentation fault

I have corrupted either my /boot partition, dpkg, or both. I was trying to free up space on my /boot by removing old Linux images. Now my machine will not boot. when i try to reinstall Linux-images, ...
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Ubuntu live cd : black screen and blinking cursor

I try to install ubuntu 12.04 on my computer. I can get to the purple screen on the live cd but then, if I choose "Installing Ubuntu", I have a black screen with a cursor blinking (and nothing else ...
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Unable to Boot After removing Old Kernels

I removed old linux-image and linux-header files to free up space in /boot. I did this first by purging them in terminal, and when I noticed some issues with how the the operating system performed, i ...
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How to boot from a live USB stick in a virtual machine

I've got a USB stick loaded with a live installation of Ubuntu for testing purposes. When I want to use it, I generally reboot to boot into the live USB installation. I'd like to know what the best ...
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GRUB menu while installing xubuntu 15.04

I have windows 7 installed on my system and I'm trying to dual boot my system using a live usb stick of xubuntu 15.04(64 bit) which I created using unetbootin software. my issue is when I boot from ...
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USB bootable Pendrive for Laptop Windows & Ubuntu

Context: Laptop with a CORRUPT ubuntu 12.04 Partition and a corrupt Windows 7. Corrupt on the ubuntu partition was caused by accidently suspending the laptop during an operating system update to ...
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Installing Ubuntu 14.4 from USB

I have Ubuntu 12.4 installed on my laptop and Kubuntu 15.4 but now i decided to install Ubuntu 14.4 and erase the previous two. I downloaded Ubuntu 14.4 installation and i made a boot able USB using ...
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I get “Boot error” while i try to boot my pc with a live usb, any help?

I am trying to install ubuntu 12.04 (clean install) on a system that already has 11.10. But while i insert the usb and try to boot from it get "Boot error" on a black screen. I previously installed ...
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Ubuntu live usb and installation freezes

the problem is, that the ubuntu 15.04 64bit as well as the 14.04 64bit live usb I created freezes at random points during the installation as well as when I use it as a live cd. I verified the usb ...
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Install Windows 8 on USB using Ubuntu

I was wondering if there is any way that i can install windows 8 or windows server 2012 onto a memory stick and made it boot-able using ubunbu. I know that this is posible on windows by using ...
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Help with Ubuntu Linux on a live USB

I use Ubuntu Linux from a live USB. But Ubuntu uses the computers internal hard drive as it's own. I don't want it to do that. I want it to save all its data into the USB drive from which it boots. ...
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Will I lose my data if I turned the pc off, while using Ubuntu on Live USB?

Hi now I'm using Ubuntu using flash memory without install it , And I installed some program & downloaded some files. If I turn the PC off will I lose my data or if I install the system now ...
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Use boot-repair on live USB to fix ubuntu on Macbook Pro dual boot

I have been dual booting OSX Yosemite and Ubuntu 14.04 on my mid-2012 Macbook Pro using rEFInd for a few weeks now. Today, when prompted by Ubuntu, I ran some updates. When they finished, I tried ...
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How to install Ubuntu 32-bit on Asus C300 chromebook

I have just purchased a chromebook, Asus C300, in hopes that I would be able to install ubuntu on it instead of chrome os. The other options I see are chrubuntu and crouton but neither really give me ...
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Install 32 bit from USB, not a COM32R, then no PAE, 64 bit doesn't work either

I hope someone can help me install a linux system of some sort please, have gotten a bit stuck. I have an old laptop (DEll Latitude D500, currently running Windows XP professional version 20012, ...
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SYSLINUX: No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found! [duplicate]

I have a USB live key created with Linux Live USB creator. I used all the defaults, and got a standard version of Ubuntu. When I try to boot into it, I get the error above. I went through the rest of ...
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Live USB Instructions for Mac don't work for 12.10

The are several guides online (including a few on the ubuntu website) that follow the general pattern of instructions found in this one. I assume that at some point, this worked. However, on an ...
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14.04 freezes during installation 'copying files'

I'm installing ubuntu 14.04 on a machine which currently runs windows 8. I selected the option to completely erase the hard drive and do a clean install of ubuntu. I also selected the options to ...
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Unable to run Ubuntu 12.04 without USB flash drive

Yesterday I installed Ubuntu from a USB flash drive. Now, when I turn on my notebook, it displays only _. When insert the USB drive it's ok. I tried changing BIOS settings: some booting options, but ...
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Ubuntu LiveUSB not loading on Ubuntu [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu 14.04 but I want to install Windows 8. For doing so, I need to have Windows 7 installed on my laptop (Windows 8 only upgrades Windows 7). While installing Windows 7, I found out that I ...
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Filesystem recovery using Ubuntu

I have accumulated a number of failed pc's and would like to retrieve all data from them. They all have some form of Windows and I would like to know whether it is possible to remove their hard ...
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How to make ubuntu work from pendrive [duplicate]

How to make ubuntu as pendrive bootable after downloading it from the website? and how much capacity pendrive will be ideal?
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Start Live CD from USB get [sdb] Asking for cache data failed

I have an old Dell Vostro V13 running Ubuntu version 9.04. I want to upgrade the OS with the latest Ubuntu version. Already searched on the error message but that doesn't really make things clear. ...
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Reliable bootable USB creator in Ubuntu

I need a reliable application which will make usb pen drives bootable. Recently, I tried creating a bootable lubuntu-13-04-alternate usb on a ubuntu 12.10 system but ended up with 'boot error' when ...
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How to get Ubuntu to run off a usb stick on RAM?

It's easy to put the iso on a usb stick to either install on a hard drive or 'try' it out. But just trying the latest distro even running on a usb3 stick takes forever to test run. And once there, you ...
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fwupd to update OCZ RevoDrive firmware gets a 'Permission denied' error

Try as I might I just don't get it working http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/OCZ_RevoDrive_and_RevoDrive_X2/. There's another thread here with an similar issue here: Command is giving me ...
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Startup Disk Creator “Checksums do not match”

So I tried to create a bootable USB dirve with Startup Disk Creator on Ubuntu 12.04 using a Ubuntu 14.04 iso. The first USB drive I tried already had an old boot image on it and Startup Disk Creator ...
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A good program to make Live USB? [duplicate]

I have a few distros ISOs and I want to test them in a Live flash drive. They are Arch Linux, Damn Small Linux, Linux Lite, Porteus, Lubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 14.10. I can use Boot Disk Creator ...
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Installed 13.10 over 14.04 by mistake. Cannot boot into anything!

To start, I'm trying to boot a 14.04 live usb made with unetbootin on my own 14.04. Sometimes it hangs here Sometimes here sometimes at a blank screen and sometimes it boots just fine but ...
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Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS won't install from live USB

I have an Acer Aspire 5349 laptop and have been trying to install Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS. I used linux live usb creator and mounted the .iso to the pendrive and I set my laptop to boot first from the usb ...
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No configuration file found - Live USB error

I created a bootable flash drive with ubuntu 14.04 desktop, using the instructions from here http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows However, I got this message when ...
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Booting from Live USB leads to command line instead of menu

I'm trying to install 12.04 x64 from a USB stick. I created the Live USB as per instructions from ubuntu.com, however, after choosing to boot from USB I get stuck with a command line, titled GRUB. ...
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Boot Problem: “Boot Loader; /casper/vmlinuz: read error @ 0”

I have a SanDisk - Cruzer 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive - Black as my usb, I used the link http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop to download Ubuntu 15.04 64-Bit and I used ...