Thursday, November 1, 2012

How to create a bootable USB for installing Linux distros

There are too much Linux distros to try and we don't want to burn our DVD's for each one.

Here is how to create a bootable USB drive for installing or trying any Linux distro. Works for all distros including Ubuntu, LinuxMint, ArchLinux, Fedora and all others that you can imagine. That's a guaranteed method.

From Linux - Easy as 1, 2 and 3

I will do this from Ubuntu, but you can do same steps on your distro. It doesn't matter.

1- Insert your USB drive.
2- Open terminal and type command below.
3- sudo dd if=[your iso] of=/dev/sd[letter of usb drive]


sudo dd if=/home/burak/archlinux.iso of=/dev/sdb

If you can't find which letter is your USB drive, use "Disks" app for Ubuntu or "Gparted" for other Linux distros.

From Windows

There are a few usefull tools to create bootable USB linux drives from Windows. But I like and recommend you using "Universal USB Installer". Because it's very easy to use, safe and updated regulary.

  1. Download "Universal USB Installer" from here.
  2. Open it after download and click next.
  3. Choose your Linux distro from list.
  4. Choose your USB drive and tick "format". (You will lose all data on USB drive.)
  5. Wait for program to finish its work and enjoy your usb drive Linux.

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