Create a USB Bootable Linux Mint Flash Drive

Easily Create a USB Bootable Linux Mint flash drive with persistence. Run Linux Mint from USB and also use it to Install  Linux Mint from USB to a Hard Drive. In the following tutorial, I cover one way to use YUMI to create your own Portable version of this distribution from Windows. You can also opt to use a writable casper persistent overlay image for saving and restoring some changes on subsequent boots.

Headed by Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint is fairly popular. It is based upon Ubuntu or Debian (depending on the version).  Key features include a new software manager, new backup tool, streamlined look and feel, and quicker boot times.

USB Linux Mint running with Persistence

USB Linux Mint Screenshot

Distribution Website: Project Home Page

Persistent Feature: Yes

Basic Essentials:

  • Computer that can boot from USB
  • Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 Operating Environment
  • Flash Drive
  • LinuxMint ISO
  • YUMI (Does the conversion)

How to Create a USB Bootable Linux Mint

  1. Download and launch the YUMI Bootable USB creation software.
  2. (1) First Select your Flash Drive from the list of devices.
    (2) Then Choose Linux Mint from the list of distributions.
    (3) Then Browse to your ISO file.
    (4) Optionally, set a persistent file size for storing changes, and then click Create.
    USB Bootable Linux Mint
  3. Once the YUMI script has finished, restart your PC and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from your flash drive. Save your changes, and then reboot.

During the next boot you should be presented with a YUMI Boot Menu that offers an option to run a Live USB Bootable Linux Mint from your flash drive. You can use your flash drive to either Run Linux Mint Live from USB with persistence or to install to another drive.

Install Linux Mint from USB

After booting up, you can easily Install Linux Mint from your USB to a Hard Drive.

Simply Choose the Install Linux Mint option from the desktop to begin installing.
Install Linux Mint from USB