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[[!meta title="Persistence"]]
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If you have started Tails from a USB stick, you can create a
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persistent volume in the free space left on the USB stick by the <span
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class="application">Tails USB installer</span>. The files in the persistent
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volume are saved and remain available across separate working sessions.
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You can use this persistent volume to store different kinds of files:
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  - your personal files and working documents
  - the software packages that you download and install in Tails
  - the configuration of the programs you use
  - your encryption keys

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The persistent volume is an encrypted partition protected by a passphrase.
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Once the persistent volume is created, you can choose to activate it or not
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each time you start Tails.

[[!inline pages="doc/first_steps/persistence.caution" raw="yes"]]

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How to Use the Persistent Volume
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  - [[Warnings About Persistence|first_steps/persistence/warnings]]
  - [[Create & Configure the Persistent Volume|first_steps/persistence/configure]]
  - [[Enable & Use the Persistent Volume|first_steps/persistence/use]]
  - [[Delete the Persistent Volume|first_steps/persistence/delete]]