Create a Linux Mint 8 USB Flash Drive from CD

In the following section we show you one way to create a Linux Mint 8 Flash Drive using the Ubuntu USB Startup Disk Creator while running from a Linux Mint 8 Live CD. Linux Mint 8 is a remix based on Ubuntu 9.10 that sports a new look and integrated media codecs. After completing this segment, you should have a USB Linux Mint 8 Flash Drive that utilizes the casper-rw persistent loopback file option for saving and restoring your changes on subsequent boots.

Linux Mint 8 Desktop Screenshot

Distribution Home Page: LinuxMint.com

Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 1GB

Persistent Feature: Yes

Prereqs for making a Linux Mint 8 Flash Drive

  • LinuxMint-8 CD
  • Working CD/DVD Drive
  • Working internet connection
  • 1GB USB flash drive (2GB+ recommended)

Create a Linux Mint 8 Flash Drive using USB Creator

  1. Download the LinuxMint-8 torrent and proceed to download the ISO with a torrent client. Finally, burn the ISO to a CD
  2. Restart your computer, booting from the LinuxMint 8 CD
  3. Once your up and running, insert your USB flash drive
  4. Open a Terminal and type or copy and paste the following commands:
    • sudo apt-get install usb-creator
    • sudo usb-creator-gtk
  5. (1) Select the Disk to use, (2) Select the option Stored in reserved extra space and adjust the slider to set how much space to use for persistence, (3) Click Make Startup Disk: Make a Mint8 USB Flash Drive using USB Startup Disk Creator
  6. A progress bar will appear indicating the percentage completed
  7. Remove the CD, restart your computer and set your BIOS to boot from the USB device and reboot again

If all goes well, you should now be booting Linux Mint 8 from your USB device.

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