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Bootable USB in Ubuntu

Create a bootable USB stick on Ubuntu

1. Preface

To create bootable USB stick on Ubuntu you need some tools available in your hand. Let’s check out what you need to make a bootable USB stick / Flash Drive on Ubuntu. If you are using Ubuntu 16.04 machine Or Ubuntu 14.04 you can make bootable USB by this tutorial, also in latest Ubuntu 17.10.

With a bootable Ubuntu USB stick, you can:

  • Install or upgrade Ubuntu
  • Test out the Ubuntu desktop experience without touching your PC configuration
  • Boot into Ubuntu on a borrowed machine or from an internet cafe
  • Use tools installed by default on the USB stick to repair or fix a broken configuration

Creating a bootable Ubuntu USB stick is very simple, especially from Ubuntu itself, and we’re going to cover the process in the next few steps.


2. Requirements

You will need:

  •  A 2 GB or Larger USB stick / Flash Drive
  • An Ubuntu Machine like ( Ubuntu 14.04 / Ubuntu 16.04 / Ubuntu 17.10 )
  •  Ubuntu ISO file. See Get Ubuntu for download links.

Download Ubutu

3. Launch Startup Disk Creator

We’re going to use an application called ‘Startup Disk Creator’ to write the ISO image to your USB stick. This is installed by default on Ubuntu, and can be launched as follows:

  • Insert your USB stick (select ‘Do nothing’ if prompted by Ubuntu)
  • Use the top left icon to open the dash and search for Startup Disk Creator
  • Select Startup Disk Creator from the results to launch the application

 4. ISO and USB selection

When launched, Startup Disk Creator will ISO files in your Downloads folder, as well as any attached USB storage it can write to.

It’s likely that both your Ubuntu ISO and the correct USB device will have been detected and set as ‘Source disc image’ and ‘Disk to use’ in the application window. If not, use the ‘Other’ button to locate your ISO file and select the exact USB device you want to use from the list of devices.

Click Make Startup Disk to start the process.


5. Confirm USB device

Before making any permanent changes, you will be asked to confirm the USB device you’ve chosen is correct. This is important because any data currently stored on this device will be destroyed.

After confirming, the write process will start and a progress bar appears.

6. Installation complete

That’s it ! Now you have Ubuntu On a USB stick, bootable and you are ready to go.

If you want to know about creating usb from windows , Read Make Bootable USB Flash Drive In Windows


Note: If you already installed Ubuntu besides Windows, can’t boot or face grub error , check this:

Repair / Reinstall / Update Grub with Live USB stick

Finding help

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