Friday, November 3, 2023

How to Create Ubuntu Bootable USB

In order to install Ubuntu you need a bootable USB/DVD which can be used to install Ubuntu. In this post we’ll see how to create a bootable USB drive that can be used to install Ubuntu on your system.

When do you need bootable USB stick

Apart from fresh installation you can also use a bootable USB drive to-

  1. Install or upgrade Ubuntu.
  2. If you want to work on a system where Ubuntu is not installed. Using bootable USB you can boot into Ubuntu and use it without installing it on the system.
  3. As a troubleshoot to repair a corrupt installation.

What do you need to create a bootable USB

For creating a bootable USB you need-

  1. USB stick of at least 2 GB.
  2. This post shows creation of bootable Ubuntu USB using Windows OS so you should have a system with Windows XP or later version.
  3. Rufus Tool is used here for creating bootable USB drive so you need to download Rufus.
    Location for download-
  4. You will have to download Ubuntu iso file using which bootable USB will be created.
    You can download it from here-
    For this post ubuntu-16.04.3 iso image is used.

How to create bootable Ubuntu USB

Once you have Rufus tool and Ubuntu downloaded you can start the process to create bootable USB.

Launch Rufus tool and plug in the USB. Rufus will identify the plugged USB and update the device dropdown to show it. You can select the correct device manually too.

To be compatible with the current hardware select option “MBR partition scheme for UEFI” in the “partition scheme and target system type” dropdown. If you need it for older hardware you can go with option “MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI”.

To select the downloaded Ubuntu iso file click on the optical device icon which is on the right side of the check box option “create a bootable disk using”. Select the downloaded Ubuntu iso image using the opened file explorer.

Ubuntu bootable USB

Leave all the fields with their default values and click start button. That opens “ISO hybrid image window”. Keep Write in ISO Image mode selected and click on OK to continue.

Ubuntu bootable USB

You will get a warning that all data on the device will be lost. Verify once again that the selected device is correct and click ok.

Process of writing the iso file on the USB will start and progress bar will show the progress. Once the write process is completed you will have a bootable Ubuntu USB.

That's all for this topic How to Create Ubuntu Bootable USB. If you have any doubt or any suggestions to make please drop a comment. Thanks!

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