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Make your USB Pendrive bootable under Ubuntu Linux

If you remember sometime back, I had written an article about making your pen-drive(memory disk) bootable using UNetBootin, Now while exploring Ubuntu 8.10 (yes I am still exploring it! ) I discovered an interesting feature that I missed while writing it's review. Ubuntu 8.10 comes preloaded with a tool that allows one to make Pen Drive bootable in a graphical manner easily.

Why would you want to boot from Pen drive ?, Firstly booting from USB Flash drive is extremely fast compared to Optical Drives,Secondly it gives you the convinience of taking your pen drive to any computer and loading your configuration of operating system, and finally you might(like me :( ) have non functional Optical Drive in which case Pen Drive is the only way of installing OS.

The tool we are taking about is housed under the Administration menu of the System section. To make a USB Flash Drive bootable we would need an ISO image(or Physical CD) of the Ubuntu 8.10 distribution (or any other distribution, haven't tried though) . To launch this tool go to (System -> Administration -> Create a USB startup disk ).

Now , If you already have Ubuntu CD in your drive , It should show or if you want to use ISO image click "Other" and select the ISO image.

Now, there are couple of options that you could adjust and are self explanatory. Once you are done configuring various options click on "Make Startup Disk" to start burning your ISO/CD onto USB Flash drive. Once, the operation is over enable boot from USB in your BIOS(or set boot order correctly with USB Flash drive on top of the boot order) and boot from your USB Pen drive.

Article Written by : Ambuj Varshney (
For Linux on Desktop Blog ,
(C) 2008 , Ambuj Varshney


  1. Anonymous4:43 PM

    thks ambuj...this is really helping..

  2. Anonymous2:31 AM

    With Ubuntu it is really easy to install on a USB flash drive, but its only really worth doing if you're going to use a 4GB or greater capacity flash drive - unless that is, you are installing Ubuntu for the novelty of it, or as a trial.

  3. Anonymous8:45 AM

    Hey! It could be great!? However, usb-creator has a lot of bugs in jaunty. It simply doesn't work. I'm suffering through last days to complete an so simple (?) task.

  4. I guess this video can help you out, check out Linux Flash Drive


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