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2021 Lenovo Boot from USB – with video

Many Lenovo / IBM Laptops are great machines to run the NinjaStik. (or any boot from USB operating system) The first step is to enable the boot from USB option. Microsoft requires computer manufacturers to lock down the hardware settings to prevent booting from USB. There are many reasons for this, some are valid. To…
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2021 Huawei MateBook boot from usb – with video

Getting your 2018 to 2021 Huawei MateBook and MateBook Pro to boot from USB is possible, here’s how! The Matebooks are phenomenal machines to use with a NinjaStik. Great build quality, modern processors and they look good too. Choosing the boot drive on your Huawei Matebook Method 1 Turn off the laptop, insert your NinjaStik…
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2021 MacBook Pro boot from USB – with video!

Starting in 2018 the Macbook Pro includes a secure boot chip that prevents your Macbook from booting windows, linux, BSD, gentoo, Fedora, Atlas Supervisor, other Mac O/S/s on a usb, etc. You CAN boot a 2018 to 2021 Macbook Pro from USB!  But it does take a few steps to get there. Step One Boot…
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Acer Aspire E 15 – Boot from USB – with video!

The Acer Aspire E15 laptops work very well with the NinjaStik USB drives. Booting the Aspire E15 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 NinjaStik…
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2021 Dell XPS – Boot from USB – with video

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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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  For 2018 to 2020 Macs with the Secure Boot T2 Chip, see the 2020 Macbook Pro Boot from USB instructions. A “startup disk” is a volume or partition…
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Apple Boot Support – Boot a Mac from USB

Startup key combinations for Apple Mac and Macbooks when trying to boot from a NinjaStik USB.   Press and hold the keys immediately after you turn on your Mac and hear the startup sound. Keep holding until the described behavior occurs. These combinations work with Intel-based Mac computers. Hold during startup Description Shift ⇧ Start…
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