Creating a USB Boot CD that can be used to boot your Ubuntu Live 11.10 USB Flash Drive from a PC or Mac with a BIOS that doesn't natively support booting from a USB device (USB drivers are loaded from CD). I used a Macbook Pro to test this tutorial. This process is similar to our older USB Boot CD for Ubuntu tutorial, with new requirements added to make it work with 11.10. A boot menu option has been included for booting from a Macbook (forcing bypass of the Nouveau nVidia drivers, which do not play well with a Macbook.).
Creating a Bootable USB Flash drive to "Boot DOS from USB", can be complicated. However, a tool called Rufus, created by Pete Batard, can make this task simple. Rufus can also be used to create a Bootable USB version of a given distro from an ISO or image File. Rufus was originally similar in appearance and operation to the HP USB Format tool "HPUSBFW.exe", and shares many of the same features. However, Rufus is Open Source.
NOTE: This post was written in 2011. Rufus has since evolved into a tool that can be used to format, create master boot records, and install an ISO or Image based distributions to USB. Much like the Universal USB Installer (UUI).
LiveUSB Install is another nice third party Live Linux Bootable USB Creation tool created by Krasimir S. Stefanov. It can be used to quickly install a Live Linux distribution of your choice on a thumbdrive from ISO, CD/DVD, or torrent download. Other unique features include the ability to customize the syslinux.cfg file, use WinGrub, or write an IMG file to the flash drive.
XBOOT is yet another neat little Multiboot ISO USB Creator. It is a Windows based application that can be used to create a Live Multiboot USB or even a Multiboot ISO file that can then be burnt to a CD/DVD. XBOOT supports many Linux Distributions and Utilities, and allows you to use your choice of a Grub or Syslinux bootloader. Also included is a built in QEMU emulator (enabling you to boot an ISO from within Windows).
YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer), is the successor to our MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a Multiboot Bootable USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more. Contrary to MultiBootISOs which used grub to boot ISO files directly from USB, YUMI uses syslinux to boot extracted distributions stored on the USB device, and reverts to using grub to Boot Multiple ISO files from USB, if necessary.
Aside from a few distributions, all files are stored within the Multiboot folder, making for a nicely organized Portable Multiboot USB Drive that can still be used for other storage purposes.
YUMI was originally intended to be used to store and run various "LIVE Linux" Operating Systems and tools from USB. Using YUMI to install Linux from USB to a Hard Drive works on many but not all distributions. (I'm working to address this). If you find a distribution where the install does not work, please let me know.
SARDU is another nice Windows based Multiboot USB Creator that can also be used to create Multiboot CD/DVD's. Created by Davide Costa, SARDU enables you to create a Multiboot UFD containing your basic essential Utilities, Antivirus, and Windows XP/7 Installers. On top of that, SARDU offers the built in ability to Defragment your USB Drive, and burn an ISO to CD/DVD.
Boot ISO Files directly from USB using Grub2 from Linux. Here is one way to create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive from a running Ubuntu (I used the Live CD). You may eventually need a large Flash Drive or USB Hard Drive in order to include every bootable ISO entry. I will add more Bootable ISO files to the grub.cfg file as I find time to test them. Contact me to submit working Bootable Linux ISO grub.cfg entries for inclusion.
How to Create a Kubuntu Live USB Flash Drive while running from the Live CD. In the following segment, I explain how I used Ubuntu's Official "Startup Disk Creator" to put Kubuntu on a Flash Drive. I also used Ubuntu's Casper Persistence feature, which enables me to save and restore changes at each boot. Kubuntu, is a fork of Ubuntu that utilizes the KDE desktop environment instead of Gnome.
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.
How to Create an Ubuntu Live USB Persistent Flash Drive from a running Live CD: In the following segment I show you how I used the Official Startup Disk Creator (created by the Ubuntu team) to put Ubuntu on a USB Flash Drive. Ubuntu's Casper Persistent feature can also be used for saving and restoring changes on subsequent boots. Ubuntu is a Linux distribution created by Canonical Ltd
How to Install and Use UNetbootin from Linux: UNetbootin is a Live USB creation tool that can be used to create a Live Linux USB flash drive. One nice feature of UNetbootin is that the tool is offered for Windows and Linux. In the following, I will cover how to quickly get UNetbootin up and running within an Ubuntu Linux Operating Environment.
How to Create a MultiBoot USB Flash Drive from Linux: Multisystem is an awesome tool created by LiveUSB.info, that works similar to our Windows based MultiBootISOs USB creator, but was created for use within Linux. It also uses Grub2 instead of Grub Legacy, and can be run from within Ubuntu Linux to create a Custom Multiboot UFD containing your favorite Bootable Live Linux Distributions.
This simple tutorial explains how to put Mandriva 2010 on a USB Flash Drive from within Windows via the Seed tool created and supported by Mandriva. If a Mandriva One 2010 ISO is installed, the resulting USB Flash Drive can be used to try out a Live USB Mandriva, and or to Install Mandriva from USB to your Hard Drive, instead of using the CD/DVD. All recent Mandriva ISOs from Free to One are hybrids, meaning that they can be copied to the flash drive using the Seed tool.
Easily put Bitdefender Rescue CD on a USB Flash Drive: Bitdefender Rescue CD is a free bootable anti virus scanner created by Bitdefender and based on the Knoppix Linux Operating System. It can be used to independently scan your computer for viruses, and then remove those threats if necessary. In the following section, we show you one way to quickly put Bitdefender Rescue CD on a USB Flash Drive by using our Universal USB Installer from Windows.
Put Lucid Puppy on a USB Flash Drive in Windows. In the following section I will show you one way to put Lucid Puppy "Lupu" on a USB Flash Drive from within Windows by using our Universal USB Installer. Lucid Puppy, coordinated by Barry Kauler is made from a combination of Woof and Canonical's Ubuntu Lucid Lynx release. Although cram packed with popular features, this Linux distribution remains small, weighing in at only 128MB.
Run GParted from a USB Flash Drive using Windows and our Universal USB Installer to complete the task. GParted is a popular graphical partition editor headed by Curtis Gedak. This powerful tool that can be used to create, reorganize, and or delete disk partitions. Other Key features include the ability to create multiple partitions, enable or disable the boot flag, Resize a partition, format, and much more. GParted supports ext2/ext3/ext4, FAT16/FAT32, hfs/hfs+, linux-swap, NTFS, reiserfs/4, ufs, xfs file systems. And can also detect RAID devices.
Ubuntu Installer can not find my SATA drive: I recently experienced a problem installing Ubuntu on a particular computer. Ubuntu's Ubiquity Installer could not detect my SATA drive, although sudo fdisk -l found the drive just fine, and the drive also appeared in gparted. As it turns out, the SATA drive had left over raid configuration information that was telling the installer to skip the drive (as if it was unsupported). In the following tutorial, I will show you what I did to get Ubuntu to detect the SATA drive, so that I could proceed and install Ubuntu.
Put System Rescue CD 1.5.4 on a USB Flash Drive using Windows. System Rescue CD is a Gentoo based Linux System Rescue Disk that can be used to for repairing a computer and recovering data after a crash. Key features and tools include GNU Parted, GParted, Partimage, ddrescue, FSArchiver, File system tools, Ntfs3g, sfdisk, Test-disk, memtest, network tools and more. The following process outlines one way to quickly create your very own System Rescue USB from the ISO using Windows and our Universal USB Installer to complete the task.
Run Linux Mint 9 from a USB Flash Drive by using Windows to create the Linux Mint 9 Live USB. In the following tutorial, we cover one way to use our third party Universal USB Installer to create your own Portable Linux Mint 9 USB Flash Drive from Windows. Headed by Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint 9 "Isadorais" is based on Ubuntu 10.04. Key features include; new software manager, new backup tool, streamlined look and feel, quicker boot times and much more.
Boot from USB without BIOS Support; In the following tutorial, we explain how to create a PLoP Boot Manager CD that can be used to boot from your USB Flash Drive. This is useful for computer systems that do not support booting from USB in BIOS. The PLoP Boot Manager created by Elmar Hanlhofer, works by first loading essential USB drivers, CD/DVD drivers, and Hard Disk Drivers. The user is then presented with a (Boot Menu) menu of possible boot devices detected by PLoP. The user can then proceed to select a device to try and boot from.
How to Put Lubuntu on a Flash Drive using Windows: Lubuntu is essentially Ubuntu with an LXDE desktop environment. LXDE is a lightweight X11 desktop environment that is optimal for netbooks and older or slower computers because requires less Processing Power and RAM. In the following, I'll show you how to install Lubuntu 10.04 or 10.10 to a USB Flash Drive from Windows using our Universal USB Installer.
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Put Kubuntu on a Flash Drive using Windows: Kubuntu is a fork of Ubuntu, offered by Canonical Ltd, that utilizes a KDE desktop environment. KDE is often preferred over Gnome for its visual appearance and Windows familiar functionality. In the following tutorial, we cover a simple way to install Kubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" or Kubuntu 10.10 " Maverick Meerkat" to a USB Flash Drive using Windows and our Universal USB Installer. Once finished, your Flash Drive will act as a Live Kubuntu USB, that could be used in place of a Live CD (Persistence is optional).
Create an Xubuntu Live USB Flash Drive with Windows: In the following tutorial, we show you a simple method to put Xubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" or Xubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" on a Flash Drive using Windows and our Universal USB Installer. Xubuntu, a product of Canonical Ltd, is essentially a fork of Ubuntu that utilizes the XFCE desktop environment instead of Gnome.
Create a Ubuntu NetBook Remix Flash Drive using Windows. Ubuntu NetBook Remix (UNR) is a NetBook oriented Linux Distribution created by Canonical Ltd and based on Ubuntu. By installing UNR to a Thumb Drive, your Live Portable Ubuntu NetBook operating system can then be run directly from the Flash Drive or installed to your Netbook Hard Drive using the same USB Device.
Create an Ubuntu Live USB Flash Drive from Windows: In the following tutorial, we show you an easy way to put Ubuntu on a USB Flash Drive using Windows. Once finished, you should be able to run Ubuntu directly from your Flash Drive, just as it does from a Live CD. Ubuntu's casper-rw feature is also utilized for persistently saving and restoring your changes on subsequent boots.