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    Question Questions about Flash Drive booting

    I am completely and utterly new to the Linux Kernel and would like to have the Elementary OS on my flash drive so I can boot it on my computer occasionally just for some geeky 'fun'.

    I currently have Windows 10 on my PC. If I download the Elementary OS straight to my USB, then boot it on my PC from my USB, would it delete any data or the Windows OS?

    Just wanted to be sure so I don't fk up my PC.


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    Booting from USB will not harm your Windows unless you direct it to. However, UEFI machines can be grumpy about booting other systems. Also, you have to write the ISO to the USB drive - not just copy it there. I use Rufus from Windows and it is 100% reliable.

    Not all distros are UEFI aware, I have no idea about Elementary...
    Last edited by NGIB; 11-28-2015 at 12:34 PM.

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    Like NGIB said, you can't just copy the ISO to the USB and try to boot. You have to use a catalyst, such as YUMI, to copy the ISO to a USB and make it bootable. Or you can burn the ISO onto a CD and boot with that. That way you won't need to use YUMI or something else.
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