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New The catch is USB booting
I have not tried this on a recent server, but PCs are getting problematic, even if you exclude the UEFI issue.

The PartedMagic Live Linux on a stick was my choice for diagnostic work. That worked well on PCs that are now 5-10 years old but it has become pretty much useless on newer equipment regardless of the OEM. I'm back to using CDs :-/
New Really? That's weird and unfortunate.
I haven't tried it myself.

I just recently got a refurbished 13" MBP to upgrade J's old 13" black MacBook. Along the way I saw notice about creating a USB-bootable installer for Yosemite, but my feeble attempts at getting it working weren't sufficient. It turns out I didn't need it (of course, I don't remember the details), but I thought that PCs wouldn't have any issues like that these days.

They really are continuing down the road toward making these things unfixable, aren't they? :-/

Cheers,
Scott.
New Sadly so
I mostly deal with HP and Dell. Dells tend to not recognize the device is bootable (i.e. it shows in the boot menu, but when selected, the PC boots off the HDD anyway). The HPs will kick off the boot process but then fail to launch the kernel proper. Some will boot off a USB CD/DVD drive so it appears to be an issue properly recognizing USB mass storage devices.
New FWIW, I installed ubuntu on this 16 month old Samsung laptop
using a usb stick. Worked fine.

Maybe stay away from US manufacturers?
New You may be on to something there ;-)
     Debian Wheezy - (Andrew Grygus) - (17)
         Physical media is so last century -NT - (drook) - (11)
             Well, I'm just so last century. - (Andrew Grygus) - (10)
                 Quality service is so last century -NT - (drook)
                 8 GB USB Flash Drives? - (Another Scott) - (8)
                     Re: 8 GB USB Flash Drives? - (Andrew Grygus) - (2)
                         Dunno. Chicken and egg thing I guess. - (Another Scott) - (1)
                             Yes, I've thought of that. - (Andrew Grygus)
                     The catch is USB booting - (scoenye) - (4)
                         Really? That's weird and unfortunate. - (Another Scott) - (3)
                             Sadly so - (scoenye) - (2)
                                 FWIW, I installed ubuntu on this 16 month old Samsung laptop - (jake123) - (1)
                                     You may be on to something there ;-) -NT - (scoenye)
         Latest and greatest? Wheezy is retired. - (scoenye) - (1)
             Fortunately, my clients haven't heard of Jessie. - (Andrew Grygus)
         Re: Debian Wheezy - (pwhysall) - (2)
             maybe because it is the hyperv that is controlling the hardware directly -NT - (boxley)
             Why recompile? - (Andrew Grygus)

Given enough shellac, even turds can be polished.
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