How to make Ubuntu Bootable USB
In this tutorial we are going to create a bootable USB for installing Ubuntu on a Desktop/Laptop. We all know Ubuntu Linux can be installed by burning the iso image to a DVD or by using a bootable USB drive. These days, people don’t use DVD burners that much for installing Ubuntu or any other Linux distro. Because USB drives are cheaper and more flexible.
USB drives can be used many times. When a updated version of Ubuntu arrives, it can simple be made into a bootable USB drive. The same thing cannot be done with a DVD. Again Ubuntu supports persistence. With DVD installation media persistence can’t be used. But with USB flash drives you can use persistence to run Ubuntu Linux from an USB just like a normal installed Ubuntu.
That’s enough talk about how bootable USB can be better than bootable DVD’s, let’s just go back to the main subject. How do we make bootable Ubuntu USB? Keep reading to learn how.
To follow this tutorial you will need,
- A windows computer. Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 are fine.
- LinuxLive USB Creator software. Can be downloaded from the links below. If you already have it, then it’s great.
- Ubuntu Desktop iso file. It can be downloaded from https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop.
Now that we have all the tools and software that is required to follow this tutorial. Let’s get started.
Step 1: Go to http://www.linuxliveusb.com/ and click on “Download”
Step 2: Now click on “Download LiLi”. You download should begin. Wait till it finishes.
Step 3: Once the download is finished, double click on the installer. Once the installer starts, click on “Next”.
Step 4: Click on “Install”.
Step 5: Wait till the installation finishes.
Step 6: Click on “Next” and then click on “Finish”.
Step 7: LinuxLive USB will start soon.
Step 8: Insert the USB drive you want to make bootable and select it from the list.
Step 9: Click on the “ISO/IMG/ZIP” and choose the ISO file you downloaded from the file chooser dialog and click on “Open”.
Step 10: Now wait till the check is complete.
Step 11: If you don’t have any data on your USB, you can format it. If you do, you can still proceed. Just tick on “Format the key in FAT32 (this will erase your data!!)”.
If you want to format:
If you don’t want to format:
Step 12: Click on the Lighting icon.
Step 13: If you choose to format the drive, the setup will prompt you to make sure if you really want to format the drive. Click on “Yes”.
Step 14: Now wait. Depending on the type of USB drive you have, it will take 2-10 minutes.
Step 15: Now you can use this USB drive to install Ubuntu on any Desktop/Laptop computer that supports boot from USB.