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

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Boot from Ubuntu live USB stick ('Try Ubuntu'). How to see USB disk contents?

I am booting from a USB stick, using the option 'Try Ubuntu'. The USB drive contains some files that I need to see. Is there a way to see the drive contents?
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Why doesn't my live USB save settings, even though I have a persistence file?

I have just made a Live USB of Ubuntu 12.04 on a 4 GB stick. I made it in startup disk creator in 10.04 and set the persistence file to 3 GB. But for some reason it doesn't save my settings on ...
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Creating a small, barebones, liveCD

So before I start off I just want to say that I have searched high and low for this and a lot of the customization software I have found either doesn't work or is no longer being developed. So what I ...
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14.04 live usb with more than 4gb of persistent data

...before mark this as duplicated: I already tried to perform what is suggested by this and other sites, but without success: create a usb live with startup disk creator / unetbootin make a ...
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LinuxLive USB does not save settings

I am new to Linux. I have used/tried all of these utilities: "LinuxLive USB live-usb-install-2.5.2", "LinuxLive USB Creator 2.8.28", "unetbootin-windows-603", "Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.5.2" to ...
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A reliable way of creating a bootable usb in kubuntu?

Unetbootin installs grub which then boots the system you specify. I don't like that. Linux live ISOs are directly bootable and usually contain a pre-configured grub install of their own which among ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 amd64 Live-USB Not saving

So this week I have been messing around with my USB drive. I decided to make myself an Ubuntu Live-USB drive (as I have done in the past). So I downloaded unetbootin and Ubuntu 13.10 amd64 and set the ...
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Installing Ubuntu on external hard drive (boots to black screen)

Hey everyone this is my first post here on the askUbuntu forums. I've been an avid Linux user for over a year now but by no means an expert. The problem I'm facing is one I have not been able to ...
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Ubuntu 3.11.0-15 (on machine with NVidia) - can boot from USB drive - not hard-drive

In trying to install nvidia drivers a number of times I end up corrupting my install of Ubuntu to the point where it won't boot. I end up with the messages: nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints ...
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Can I have a Ubuntu 12.04 live usb work with both the -persistance and -toram additional boot options?

I really like using the Ubuntu 12.04 live CD/USB's "-toram" additional boot option for my laptop because "-toram" adds a few extra hours to the battery and makes things a little faster. I add the ...
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install Electum (BTC) on offline live USB

I would like to install the bitcoin client Electrum on an offline live USB drive. This would help to create and restore wallets most securely. The install instructions are as follows: Install ...
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12.04.02 USB Installer, x86 works, x64 doesn't

so I downloaded both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors of 12.04.2 (MD5 checks out); don't want 12.10 since I prefer LTS. I used Universal USB Installer ...
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How can I convert my live Ubuntu 12.04 installation into a bootable version for CD or USB?

The subject tells it all. While I am seeing many people having difficulties with dual-boot Ubuntu with Windows 8 I came to this idea (as my Linux partition is too small for installing VMware ...
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Scheduled backup and clone of Ubuntu USB live

I created a USB live with Ubuntu and works just great. However, I would want to know how to master this portable solution. My first concern is data lose (maybe the stick gets lost, maybe damaged) so ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 live-usb won't boot

I own an Aleutia "Tango" low power PC. It uses a Intel Atom CPU N2800 @1.86GHz processor. I know there are Linux issues with the "Cedar Trail" graphics on this hardware but I can happily run Ubuntu ...
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Can I update my USB stick to a new version without filling it up and ruining the persistent space?

I have a 4GB stick with Lubuntu on it, and 3GB is assigned to persistence. Would I be able to update 12.10 without filling it up and making it useless until I fix it?
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How can I make a bootable USB ubuntu live disk for a Mac using Ubuntu?

I've found guides that explain how to make a bootable disk for macs using macs, but I want to use ubuntu to make this mac-bootable disk. Is there a way to do that? In other words, I have: a ...
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Wallpaper only shows up after booting from USB

After I boot my PC with Ubuntu 12.04 from USB drive, it only shows the wallpaper. I'm able to access the terminal, and the system files through making a folder. I tried doing the unity --reset but ...
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How can I use a live USB for my Macbook Pro 1,1?

I have made a live USB version of both 10.04 and 13.10 using both Unetbooting, dd , and startupdiskcreator, but it cannot locate any of them. PLEASE HELP
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Trouble installing ubuntu from live usb on a windows 8 laptop

I have an asus laptop with windows 8 preinstalled on it. I dual booted it last year and everything worked. then the windows 8 side totally crashed. if it lets me in at all, all I see is the home ...
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UNetbootin on 32GB USB 3 Stick

I run a windows 7 machine, and use UNetbootin to create Ubuntu bootable live USB keys. I have 1 key in particular that I would like to use entirely as a live Ubuntu key, so I can install some apps, ...
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Can't boot ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS on AsRock z77 extreme 4

I'm very new to Ubuntu. I tried to boot Ubuntu from DVD and from USB (which was created with unetbootin) both in UEFI and in AHCI mode (which is AsRock's BIOS mode I think), but none of the four ...
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unsquashing a liveUSB, I found that the filesystem is not identical to the one loaded from liveUSB

so I have ubuntu studio 64 in a live USB and I wanted to change the way it boots. Namely, the liveUSB boots directly to a live user session bypassing lightDM. I want to change that and as I figured ...
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How can I force startup-disk-creator to install to a specific partition?

I'm trying to make the ultimate boot stick. I've already installed the Windows RE on a partition and shrunken it down to 500 MB (/dev/sdb1). Now I want an Ubuntu LiveCD. So I create a new partition ...
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Max device/ USB 3.0 port

I wonder and I have a question: How many active device/ USB 3.0 port? Because: I have a USB hub 1 to 8. I connect it to a USB 3.0 of PC but only 6/8 outputs are active. Connecting USB 2.0 is not ...
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How do I run LiveUSB with Persistence so it loads everything into RAM and runs from that?

Noob here. I am looking for a way to use the 6 gigs of RAM in my system. I am primarily using a live USB environment with persistence enabled. I was wondering if there is a way to have the OS loaded ...
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Ubuntu 14.04.1 persistent on USB flash drive deleted Windows 7

I installed Ubuntu 14.04.1 persistent on a usb flash drive using Linux Live usb creator http://www.linuxliveusb.com/ and everything went fine. I gave it persistent memory for the flash drive to store ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Periodical System Image Backup

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 on a 32GB mSATA drive with a mechanical drive dedicated to Windows and a data partition. I've spent a lot of time setting up my install with things like Android Studio, ...
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Operating System not found, win7 dual boot

After installing 14.04 from a liveUSB alongside windows 7 and encountering no problems for about a week, I shut down windows and rebooted only to see the "Operating system not found" message and being ...
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Booting problems after update

Yesterday I updated my laptop (Lenovo ThinkPad T440p) to Ubuntu 14.04. Afterwards I restarted the laptop, but the operating system wouldn't start. I can''t get into the booting menu to choose Ubuntu ...
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How to recover windows laptop hard drive using ubuntu live stick

I would like to recover the hard drive on my laptop which had windows 7 but was formatted. Assuming I have an Ubuntu live usb stick, how can I unformat the laptop's drive? Notice I rather not open ...
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Apt-get dist-upgrade screws up USB stick with persistent file

I have read the Persistant File System vs Installation onto USB stick and realized I have my own question. The problem is: when you do sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade from ...
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Disk '/dev/sdb' doesn't contain a valid partition table

I have installed Ubuntu on the USB stick and afterwards tried to clean up the disc to install another version of Ubuntu. I was not able to do it (even when tried to delete files by using sudo -rm), ...
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How to properly burn and install Ubuntu 13.10 from USB-stick or DVD?

A few months ago, I've downloaded the Ubuntu 13.10 .iso file and made an usb flashdrive of it. It did not work, the boot seemed to start (that purple screen shows up) but not the screen asking about ...
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USB mouse and keyboard not working in Xubuntu LiveUSB

I'm at my wit's end trying to get the latest version of xubuntu to run or install from a USB drive. Here's what happens: when I boot from the USB drive, I choose the 'Try Xubuntu' option from the ...
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Error: No such device grub rescue (error appears when booting from USB too)

I know this error appears many times on the web, and the advice is to boot from a live CD/USB and re-install the grub from the terminal. This is not a solution for me since I am getting the error when ...
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Microsoft Surface Pro 2, dual booting Ubuntu Secure Remix 13.04 does not work, Live USB

If I boot from the Live USB and just select 'Try Ubuntu without Installing' it hangs on a black screen. If I go into edit options and type in 'only-ubiquity nomodeset' and remove 'quiet splash' and ...
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Running Ubuntu off multiple USB sticks

I know that using USB drives to boot Linux is a slower alternative to HDD's, however, I wanted to know the feasibility of using multiple USB drives to boot. Specifically, I wish to use a single USB ...
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Toram option and persistence on live USB

I created an Ubuntu live USB using UNetbootin. I also know that the to RAM option would speed up the OS in exchange of RAM. But when I do append persistence with the toram to the boot options, it ...
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Ubuntu Boots, But stays on shell!

I have a Dell Optiplex 160L and I'm booting Ubuntu 13.04 from a LinuxLiveKey USB. It loads all the way through the purple Ubuntu loading screen then goes back to shell. then it gets stuck on ...
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My Ubuntu 12.10 partition is frozen in the Safe Graphics Mode?

I have an Acer Aspire 5315 with Ubuntu 12.10 on it. I had it fully customized, except for the fact that my cooling fan wouldn't work. After some research, I found out that the fans are run off of ...
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Is my Dell Inspiron n5050 laptop compatible with Xubuntu 12.10 ?

Xubuntu-12.10-desktop-amd64 doesn't boot in live usb mode. Only the boot screen appears and then it stops. My laptop is already running Ubuntu 12.04, and since Xubuntu 12.10 live USB boot only shows ...
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How to analyze why “Try Ubuntu” does not launch?

I downloaded the latest version of Ubuntu Desktop for i386 since I like to run it on an older computer which does not support 64bit. I successfully following this tutorial on how to create a bootable ...
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Cannot get Linux to boot from usb

this is my first time trying to install Linux. Any help is GREATLY appreciated. I have tried two different Linux distos as well as two different programs to create the usb live key and have tried to ...
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USB becomes unreadable after putting the .img on it-Mac

I am trying to put Ubuntu on my USB to install it on my MacBook Pro, but after following step 8 of this Ubuntu guide it becomes unreadable and it doesn't show up while rebooting my computer and ...
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Avoid TRY/INSTALL selector on 12.04

I have a live (persistent) 12.04 ubuntu distro set up on my pendrive I use for recovery/install purposes. Every time I boot the distro it asks me if I want to install ubuntu. How can I automatically ...
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Create Ubuntu live installer on USB partition, but not the whole disk

I've got 32GB USB flash, and make primary partitions for my data and Ubuntu installer to setup Ubuntu on PC when I need. But program "Startup Disk Creator" which I used to create USB Ubuntu installer ...
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Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS x64 live CD or live USB doesn't boot on Gigabyte GA-H97M-HD3 motherboard

This is my PC: G.Skill Ares DDR3 1600 PC3-12800 8GB 2x4GB CL9 Gigabyte GA-H97M-HD3 Intel Core i7-4790 3.6Ghz Box Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB MSI GeForce GTX750 OC 2GB GDDR5 Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ...
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VirtualBox Not Seeing Bootable USB with Windows 8.1

I'm running Ubuntu 14.10 on a System76 laptop. I bought Windows 8.1. Pro from Microsoft Store and downloaded it to a (supposedly) bootable USB on a friend's Windows 8.1 machine since the mediacreator ...
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Recovering Encrypted Home Folder; Login Passphrase Not Working

I recently switched computers and need to access the files on my old SSD. It's fully Ubuntu and encrypted, I'm unable to access my private directories right now. I'm booted off a USB with my SSD in ...