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What NOT to do with a Bootable USB Drive or Collection
written March 31, 2020 by Time Traveler
Category: SupportNote Tags: USB Flash Drive; USB Complete Collections    #19
 

We just received an e-mail from a customer saying there is only an EFI folder and 1 file visible. When you receive a bootable USB from LinuxCollections.com, the only thing you should do is boot it from a computer with a cold-start. You do NOT want to look at it with Windows or Mac OS X - some partitions may not be accessible, and these operating systems may ask you to format these partitions - which would then destroy the USB data.

The whole intent of the USB drives that we deliver are to be placed into a USB slot, on a computer that is off and configured to Boot from USB before other devices, and then turn on the computer to boot from the USB drive - you will then boot into the Linux distro on the flash drive, or into a menu on a Collection USB. Any other usage could potentially damage or destroy the files/data on the drive

For details on how to configure a system to Boot from USB, refer to this reference section from our Quick Reference pages - How to Boot from USB

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