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How to make a bootable linux USB stick

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

  • 2GB USB flash drive

About the Author

Ruri Ranbe has been working as a writer since 2008. She received an A.A. in English literature from Valencia College and is completing a B.S. in computer science at the University of Central Florida. Ranbe also has more than six years of professional information-technology experience, specializing in computer architecture, operating systems, networking, server administration, virtualization and Web design.

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