Install Ubuntu 9.04 to a Flash Drive using the CD

The following tutorial explains how to install Ubuntu 9.04 to a USB Flash Drive from a running Live CD. This installation proceedure is accomplished by using the built in USB Creator (produced by the Ubuntu team) to create an Ubuntu USB Startup Disk. Installing via this method will enable the persistence feature (via a persistence loop file) to save and restore your changes on subsequent boots. Ubuntu is a Linux distribution created by Canonical Ltd.

Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop Screenshot

Ubuntu 9.04

Distribution Home Page: Ubuntu

Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 1GB

Persistent Feature: Yes

Ubuntu 9.04 USB Flash Drive installation essentials

  • Working CD Drive and an Ubuntu 9.04 CD
  • 1GB or larger USB flash drive

Install Ubuntu to a Flash Drive via USB Creator:

  1. Download the Ubuntu 9.04 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 > Make Startup Disk Creator: Launch 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 a Ubuntu USB Startup Disk
  6. A progress bar will indicate the progress of your USB Ubuntu installation:
    USB Ubuntu Installation progressScreenshot Installation Complete
  7. Once the installation is complete, simply remove the CD, restart your computer and set your boot menu or BIOS to boot from the USB device

If all goes well, you should now be booting from Ubuntu 9.04 on your USB flash drive, automatically saving changes you make to the casper-rw loop file as you go.

Notes: If your BIOS does not support booting from USB, you can make a USB Boot CD for Ubuntu 9.04 to launch your USB Ubuntu 9.04