Install Linux Mint 6 to a Flash Drive via the CD

Create a Linux Mint Flash Drive via the Live CD and USB Creator. The following tutorial covers the process of installing Linux Mint 6 to a USB flash drive using the USB Creator created by the Ubuntu team. Linux Mint 6 is a remix based on Ubuntu 8.10. More information about Linux Mint can be found at the Official Linux Mint site.

Note: Installing Linux Mint to a flash drive via the following method makes use of the persistence feature (via a persistence loop file) to save your changes and restore them on subsequent boots.

Linux Mint USB Creation Essentials

  • LinuxMint-6.ISO > CD
  • Working CD/DVD Drive
  • Working internet connection
  • 1GB USB flash drive (2GB+ recommended)

Linux Mint USB Install via USB Creator

  1. Download the LinuxMint-6.iso and burn the ISO 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 su
    • apt-get install usb-creator
  5. Once the USB Creator has been installed, (1) Click Menu, (2) From the filter box, type usb creator, (3) Click Create a USB startup disk
    Run USB Creator in Linux Mint
  6. From the “Make USB Startup Disk” window, (1) Select USB disk to use, (2) Select the option Stored in reserved extra space and adjust the sider to set capacity to use, (3) Click the Make Startup Disk button:
    Make USB Linux Mint
  7. A progress bar will appear indicating the percentage completed
  8. *Note: It has been reported that this step is no longer necessary. Download and copy this custom syslinux.cfg file to the syslinux directory on your USB flash drive (overwriting the original)
  9. Remove the CD, restart your computer and set your BIOS to boot from the USB device