Bootable Linux USB Drive: How-To

It’s a new year so we’ll cut to the chase and skip the intro/background part. You find yourself in some situation needing a bootable USB drive with Linux on it. So here it is:

1) Get your hands on a working computer and plug in the USB drive you’re going to use for this project.

2) Download a Linux disk image. I recommend either Ubuntu or Mint.

3) Download a universal USB installer. I recommend one from pendrivelinuxdotcom.

4) Run the installer.

5) Select the disk image.

6) Specify which drive is the USB. Check and double check this part to be sure.

7) Specify how much of the drive you want to use for persistent storage. This is optional.

8) Click on the “Create” button and wait.

Once it is done, plug in the USB to your machine and power it up. Some computers detect the USB and boot that up automatically, while others need a settings change. You need to get to the boot menu first. It usually shows which key it is while your computer is booting up. The most common ones are Esc, F2 and F8.

The Linux boot screen is very obvious. You’ll know when it’s doing its thing. For me, it’s easy enough to figure out how to use Linux. It has a graphical UI that is similar to Windows but only has different labels and positions for the basic stuff you need. Don’t be afraid to explore and try the applications it has on offer. If in doubt, check the documentation or their forum.

Hope this helps!

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Bootable Linux USB Drive: How-To

2 thoughts on “Bootable Linux USB Drive: How-To

  1. Great tip. If you have a spare USB thumb drive lying around (who doesn’t?), I highly recommend doing this regardless if you plan on using linux or not. It’s a great recovery tool if your windows os fails, and I know I’ve used it in the past a few times to restore files from a seemingly dead machine. +1 vote for ubuntu!

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