Create Bootable USB / Flash Drive From ISO Image in Linux or Windows
You may need to use a USB thumb drive (Pen Drive) or other flash drive (e.g. SD or SDHC or CF in a suitable card reader or adapter) for installing an Operating System (OS). The reason could be that you are installing it on a Netbook or an older computer which doesn’t have an optical drive or you just don’t want to waste a CD or DVD for a one time job.
UNetbootin makes the creation of bootable USB Drives or Flash Drives, for Linux distributions, in Linux or Windows a child’s play. No more typing of terminal commands, no more partitioning and hacking. Ubuntu Lucid users can install it by
sudo apt-get install unetbootin
Windows users can download it from UNetbootin.
Usage is very simple, just choose the ISO image if you already have one by selecting the Diskimage radio button and then browsing for the image file. Next, you need to select the USB Drive from the drop down Drive menu and click OK to start the bootable USB Drive creation process. Note: You would need to have your USB drive already mounted, which is usually automatic, just plug it in and you are done. Beware: This process might erase all the contents on your disk. In fact its best to use an empty USB drive for the purpose.
UNetbootin not only allows you to use already downloaded ISO images for installation on USB drives but also has built-in support for automatically downloading and loading several distributions listed below
- Ubuntu (and official derivatives)
- 6.06 LTS
- 8.04 LTS
- Daily CD Images
- Linux Mint
- Arch Linux
- Damn Small Linux
- Puppy Linux
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