Create a Ubuntu 9.10 Live USB from CD

Create a Ubuntu 9.10 Live USB Persistent Flash Drive from the running Live CD:  In the following tutorial, we explain how we installed Ubuntu 9.10 to a Flash Drive from the running Live CD. This Ubuntu USB Flash Drive creation process is accomplished using the built in USB Disk Creator (produced by the Ubuntu team). Upon completion, the persistence feature is utilized (via a casper-rw loopback block file) for saving changes on the fly and then restoring those changes on subsequent boots. Ubuntu is a Linux distribution created by Canonical Ltd

Speed Note: We did find that Ubuntu 9.10 boots super fast compared to Ubuntu 9.04 Live USB Flash Drive we created using the same process.

Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop Screenshot

Desktop of Ubuntu 9.10

Distribution Home Page: Ubuntu

Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 1GB ( but use a 2GB or larger)

Persistent Feature: Yes

Ubuntu 9.10 USB Flash Drive creation via CD essentials

  • Working CD Drive and an Ubuntu 9.10 CD
  • 1GB or larger USB flash drive

Install Ubuntu to a Flash Drive via USB Creator:

  1. Download the Ubuntu 9.10 torrent, then proceed to download the ISO using your favorite torrent client and finally, burn the ISO to a CD
  2. Restart your computer, booting from the Live CD
  3. Insert a 1GB or larger USB flash drive
  4. Navigate to System > Administration > USB Startup Disk Creator: Launch the Ubuntu USB Startup Disk Creator
  5. Next, (1) Select the USB disk to use, (2) Select the option Stored in reserved extra space and adjust the slider to set capacity to use, (3) Click the Make Startup Disk button: Proceed to make your Ubuntu 9.10 USB Startup Disk
  6. A progress bar will indicate the progress of your USB Ubuntu installation:
    USB Ubuntu Installation progress
  7. Once the installation is complete, remove the CD, restart your computer and set your boot menu or BIOS to boot from the USB device

You should now be booting from your Startup Disk created USB Ubuntu 9.10 Flash Drive, automatically saving changes as you go to the casper-rw loop file.