Recommended USB Linux flash drives

Recommended USB flash drives for portable Linux installation: Recently, we have been testing many different USB flash devices, commonly referred to as flash drives, pen drives, thumb drives and memory sticks for Linux and BIOS booting compatibility. We have come to the conclusion that there are some drives that work great with the USB Linux tutorials and others that don't work so well for this purpose. This page lists the flash drives we have had success with.

If you would like to add a device to the list, please contact us and let us know the "Manufacturer/Model/Capacity" of the tested USB flash device.

Recommended USB Flash Pen Drives for Portable Linux installation:

  • SanDisk – Cruzer Micro 128M-2G
  • RIDATA – Ritek Mini Spin 128M-2G
  • OCZ – Rally2 (Old Style) 128M-2G
  • OCZ – Mini Kart 128M-1-2G
  • PQI – PQI i810 1-2G
  • PNY – Attache 1-2G

Find complete comprehensive reviews of USB flashdrives that are compatible with Linux at

We do not guarantee that any of these devices will work for you. But we have had success with them in our tests using all of the computer systems accessible to us.