How to make a bootable linux USB stick

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How to make a bootable linux USB stick
The USB stick should be at least 2 GB in size. (Jeffrey Hamilton/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Ubuntu Linux is a popular Linux distribution that users can run from a hard disk, CD or DVD drive, or USB flash drive. If you want to install Linux to a computer running Windows, or if you want to create a boot disk to repair an existing installation of Ubuntu, you can load the Ubuntu Linux Live CD on to the USB stick and make the stick bootable.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 2GB USB flash drive

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Instructions

    Using Windows

  1. 1

    Go to the Ubuntu website. Click "Get Ubuntu." Click "Download and Install."

  2. 2

    Click the "Start Download" button, then save the file to the desktop.

  3. 3

    Download and run Universal USB Installer at www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-USB-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/. Insert the USB stick into the USB port.

  4. 4

    Select the Ubuntu Linux distribution from the drop-down menu. Click "Browse," then navigate to the desktop. Double-click the Ubuntu Linux ISO file.

  5. 5

    Select the letter assigned to the USB flash drive. Click "Create" to build a bootable Linux USB stick.

    Using Ubuntu

  1. 1

    Go to the Ubuntu website. Select the "Get Ubuntu" button, then click "Download and Install."

  2. 2

    Click "Start Download" and save the file to the desktop. Insert the USB stick into the USB drive.

  3. 3

    Click "System," then click "Administration." Select "Startup Disk Creator." Click "Other" on the "Make Startup Disk" window.

  4. 4

    Click the "Desktop" button, then select the Linux ISO file. Click "Open." Select the USB stick to use from the "Disk to Use" section.

  5. 5

    Click "Make Startup Disk" to create a bootable Linux USB drive.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also use Unetbootin to create a bootable USB stick. Select the Ubuntu Linux distribution from the drop-down menu, open the ISO file, select the USB drive, and then click "OK" to build the boot drive.

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