When you’re troubleshooting your computer or installing a new operating system, you may need to “boot from a disc” or USB device (such as an external hard drive or flash drive). Here’s what that means — and how to do it.
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Dear Lifehacker, I always take my thumb drive wherever I go. I'm also a bit absentminded. I want to guarantee my thumb drive gets returned to me if I ever lose it. My idea is to have malware hidden on the drive in a specific folder labelled 'porn101' or 'myprivatefiles'. If the person opens that file, it will automatically encrypt their computer and ask them to email me to get the unlock code. (I will give it to them once they return the thumb drive to me, of course.)
Which brings me to my question - is this legal? It's not like I'm demanding money or anything. I just want my property back!
We've shown you how to manually create a bootable Mac OS X Lion DVD or thumb drive, but now an app called Lion DiskMaker can automate the process for you. You just download it, insert the media you want to use to create your install, and let it take care of the rest.
Windows: Whether you're looking to try out Linux or create a Windows troubleshooting tool, LiLi will create a powerful Linux thumb drive, letting you pick your distribution, save data between reboots, or even launch your mobile OS right from Windows.
Malware often spreads itself by using the Windows autorun feature to install itself on USB drives. USB Immunizer prevents that from happening by placing a special, non-removable version of the autorun.inf file on any USB drives or SD cards you choose, meaning they're not vulnerable to this form of attack.
We always like hearing about how posts on Lifehacker have helped people out. Reader Xavier took up our suggestion of labelling a USB key with your mobile phone number, and found that it worked for getting the key back even after a three-month break.
There are tons of awesome live, bootable Linux systems, but what if you need to run OS X? Reader Will shows us how to put a portable version of OS X on a thumb drive and boot it on (most) Intel computers.
We've featured a few ways to hide your data in plain sight, but DIYer Thice took a different approach: he actually hid a USB thumb drive inside his mouse.
While your best bet is to not lose your thumb drive in the first place, yesterday our readers expanded our tip to name your thumb drive with your phone number with several pretty clever ideas.