With exponentially decreasing cost of memory cards and Flash drives, it has become a common practice today to simply format a computer by means using a bootable Flash drive. After all, some of the laptops these days don’t even have a CD drive available. Nonetheless, this tutorial gives a brief idea of how to make a bootable USB Flash drive, both in Ubuntu and Windows 7.
But before we begin please ensure that you have completed the following steps :
- Go to www.ubuntu.com and click on Downloads >> Desktop
- Select the 32-bit or 64-bit version according to your choice and click on download.
- If you wish, you can make some donation to Cannonical or simply scroll down and click “Not now, take me to the download”.
- Your download will start automatically.
- Now Go to Pendrivelinux.com and scroll down and click on download. (For Windows 7)
- Also please ensure that your Flash drive should have at least 2 GB of free space.
Now lets begin with the tutorial !
Creating a Bootable Ubuntu USB Flash Drive from Ubuntu:
- Click on this icon (Dash) and type “Startup Disk Creator”.
- Click on the icon that appears i.e. Startup Disk Creator.
- The following window pops up, to Make Startup Disk.
- Click on ” Other” and Select the Ubuntu ISO downloaded previously.
- Select the .ISO file and click on Open.
- Select the USB drive you wish to use and click on “Make Startup Disk”.
- Wait till the process is completed and do not remove the Flash drive while the operation is in progress.
Creating a Bootable Ubuntu USB Flash Drive from Windows 7
- Open the previously downloaded file from Pendrivelinux.com and click on “I agree”.
- Now select the Operating System i.e. Ubuntu from the drop-down list.
- Click on “Browse” and select the ISO file of Ubuntu.
- Now select the USB drive from the drop down list.
- It is advisable to check “Format” option.
- Now click on “Create” the following screen will appear.
- Click on “Yes’ and the operation will start. Do not remove the Flash drive until the process is completed successfully.
- Now click on “Close”.
Now you have yourselves a Bootable USB Flash drive!!