Creating a bootable USB stick allows users to install or test different operating systems without affecting their current setup. The bootable stick, also referred to as a “live USB,” is handy for system recovery, installations, and demonstrations.
In Ubuntu, the process is straightforward thanks to a built-in tool called the Startup Disk Creator. This utility transforms a regular USB stick into a powerful installation or test environment for Ubuntu or other Linux distributions.
However, before you proceed, ensure you have the following:
- A USB stick with at least 2GB of free space.
- An Ubuntu ISO file or another Linux distribution's ISO file.
- The Startup Disk Creator utility (pre-installed in most Ubuntu versions).
Steps to create a bootable USB stick in Ubuntu:
- Insert your USB stick into an available USB port.
- Launch the Startup Disk Creator application.
- Choose the source ISO file by clicking on the “Other…” button. Navigate to your downloaded Ubuntu or other Linux distribution's ISO file and select it.
- Select the USB stick you want to use from the list of available drives. Be cautious: any data on this stick will be erased!
- Click on the “Make Startup Disk” button. When prompted, confirm that you wish to erase the USB stick and then create the bootable drive.
- Wait for the process to complete. The tool will display a progress bar while it writes the data and makes the USB bootable.
- Once the process completes, you can safely eject the USB stick.
- Now, you can use the USB stick to boot or install Ubuntu on any compatible machine. Ensure that the target computer's BIOS or UEFI is set to boot from a USB device before a hard drive.
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