When you try to install Linux, you will need the disc to complete the installation process. In this case, you can also use Linux bootable USB. This bootable USB is a third party tool that will help you to solve this installation problem.
Using Bootable USB to Install Ubuntu
Normally, you download the Ubuntu from the official download page. There are several versions that you can choose according to your need. You will get two options, either to try Ubuntu or to install it directly. If you have no idea what to choose, the LTS release is highly recommended for it.
In this article, we are going to talk about how to create Linux bootable USB. This bootable USB allows you to be used in both operating systems of Windows or Linux. Before we go into the step by step tutorial, it is crucial to know that the procedure that we are going to discuss here is the most common method. The files you created during the installation process will not be saved on your computer. The bootable USB will save those files instead. Therefore, any changes on it will only affect the USB only. Here is the tutorial for those of you who are using Windows operating system.
1. Download Rufus
Rufus is the recommended tool among other tools that you can use to create Linux bootable USB. Compared to UNetbootin, Rufus has better reliability in terms of creating bootable USB. The best part about it is that you do not have to install it after you plug it in to your computer. The USB specification required for this process is one with over 2 GB of free space. Please note that other files on the USB will be deleted completely. If you happen to have important files in it, it is advisable to create a backup first. Before you continue to the next step, make sure that the “Device” box is filled with your USB name. There might be a case where the option is not available. In this case, select “FAT32”.
2. Download SysLinux files
After everything you need is prepared, you can create the bootable USB by clicking on the button for it. The next step is selecting the ISO file required for it. Click on the “Start” button to initiate the creation of your bootable USB. There is a condition where you need the latest version of SysLinux files in order to complete the Linux bootable USB. In order to download these particular files, you need to click “Yes” button on the popped up window. This command allows the tool to download the files automatically for you. The next step is to click on the “Write in ISO Image Mode (Recommended)”. Complete this task by click on “OK”.
3. Create bootable USB
During this step, you might receive notification mentioning about a warning. The warning notification normally said that “All data on device USB will be destroyed”. If you consider the data inside it is not important, you can go straight away and click on “OK”. However, if you wish to create backup before proceeding, it is recommended to click on “Cancel”. After you create a backup file, you can run Rufus again. At this rate, your bootable drive should be already created.
Rufus is a tool specifically designed to create Linux bootable USB. However, if you already have Linux installed on your computer, the procedure is slightly different. You can simply go to the dashboard and click on “Startup Disk Creator”. Ubuntu is already included in this feature. Simply plug in your USB in it and it will automatically create the bootable drive for you.