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Acer Aspire E 15 – Boot from USB

The Acer Aspire E15 laptops work very well with the NinjaStik USB drives. Booting the Aspire E 15 from USB can often be achieved with Method 1 below, occasionally a quick modification of the BIOS settings may be required. Acer Aspire E 15 Boot from USB Method 1: Turn off the laptop Plug in your…
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Dell XPS – Boot from USB

The DeLL XPS series of laptops are excellent machines to use with a NinjaStik USB drive. To boot from USB may require a quick modification of the BIOS settings. Dell XPS Boot from USB Method 1: Turn off the laptop Plug in your NinjaStik USB drive Turn on the laptop Press F12 A boot option…
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How to Use Your NinjaStik on a Mac

NinjaStik will work with many Mac computers, but only those with Intel processors and the ability to boot from USB.   The NinjaStiks have have been tested and working flawlessly on a first gen MacBook Pro and a second gen Mac Mini.  We have also had customers with the MacBook Air 4,2 boot right up with…
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Changing the encryption passphrase

The NinjaStik is built with a default encryption passphrase of ‘password’. You need to change the passphrase otherwise the encryption isn’t really doing any good. Boot up your NinjaStik and follow the steps: From the NinjaStik desktop, click on Disks. From the Disk management screen select the NinjaStik drive. Then select the LUKS encrypted partition with…
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NinjaStik Now Instructions

You likely already know this, but to be sure, the NinjaStik Now is a downloadable image file. You burn it to a drive (usually a USB) and then boot your computer up from the USB. We divide the process into those three items. Download, Burn, Boot. Download the NinjaStik Now image file The NinjaStik image is packed…
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Change the login password

The NinjaStik  has a default login and password. You need to change this to ensure the security of your system. While the encryption passphrase protects the integrity of your data, the login and password protect the integrity of your operating system and user data. The login password prevents unauthorized modifications to your operating system and data.…
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How to use your NinjaStik with a PC

General PC instructions to boot from USB Step 1 – Turn off your computer! If you plug the NinjaStik  into a running computer it will say ‘device is empty’ or ‘device requires formatting’.  Do not format the NinjaStik.  Turn off your computer! Step 2 – Plug in the NinjaStik and then turn on your computer. Step…
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Reencrypt your NinjaStik

Each time you make a new NinjaStik  you will need to reencrypt to change the encryption keys. Shared encryption keys compromise the security. Apologies for the understatement. The NinjaStik has a common encryption key as it originates from a single image. The reencryption tool is nothing more than a basic ubuntu operating system with a command…
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How to choose a startup disk on your Mac to boot from USB

You set your Mac or Macbook which disk to start up from when more than one startup disk is connected. This works for USB drives including the NinjaStik  A “startup disk” is a volume or partition of a drive that contains a usable operating system. You can set your Mac to automatically use a specific startup…
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