Creating an Xubuntu Live USB from CD

How to create a Xubuntu Live USB Flash Drive while running from the Live CD. The following segment explains how I put Xubuntu on a Flash Drive via Ubuntu's Official Startup Disk Creator. Additionally, I used Ubuntu's Casper Persistence option which enabled me to save and restore basic changes on subsequent boots. Xubuntu is an official fork of Ubuntu that utilizes a XFCE desktop instead of Gnome. Xubuntu was also designed to use less system resources than Ubuntu or Kubuntu.

Xubuntu is a product of Canonical Ltd

Distribution Home Page: xubuntu.org

Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 1GB

Persistent Feature: Yes

Prerequisites to Create a Xubuntu Live USB from CD

  • Xubuntu Live CD and a Working CD Drive
  • 1GB USB Flash Drive (I used and recommend a 4GB)

Installing Xubuntu to a Flash Drive via Startup Disk Creator

Note: Back up ALL data from your Flash Drive before proceeding!

  1. Restart your computer, booting from your Xubuntu Live CD
  2. Insert a 1GB or larger USB flash drive
  3. Navigate to Applications > System > Startup Disk Creator Run the Startup Disk Creator
  4. Next, (1) Select your Flash Drive from Disk to use (2) Choose to Erase Disk (Make sure you have backed up any important data first) Xubuntu Erase USB Disk
  5. Now, (1) Select the Device Partition related to your Flash Drive, (2) For Persistence, select the option Stored in reserved extra space and adjust the slider to desired capacity (4) Click the Make Startup Disk button: Xubuntu Make Startup Disk
  6. A bar appears indicating progress of your Xubuntu Live USB install, Once installation is complete, remove the CD, restart your computer and set your boot menu or BIOS to boot from your USB device.

You should now be running Xubuntu from your USB flash drive.

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