Put Linux Mint on USB from CD

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

Linux Mint running from USB

Linux Mint 8

Distribution Home Page: LinuxMint.com

Persistent Feature: Yes

Prereqs for making a Bootable Linux Mint USB

  • LinuxMint CD
  • Working CD/DVD Drive
  • Working internet connection
  • USB flash drive

Create a Linux Mint Flash Drive using USB Creator

  1. Download the ISO. Then burn it to a CD
  2. Restart your computer, booting from the LinuxMint 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 from your USB device.