Live distro and Full Linux Install/Creating a live USB stick/Simpler instructions for creating a live USB stick if you already have one
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How to create a bootable Linux distro USB Pen
You Will Need:
- A computer that boots from USB.
- A distro bootable USB stick- there are other methods of doing this, but I use one Puredyne stick to make more.
- A Linux-friendly internet connection (not a dongle).
- A distro iso file.
- An empty 4 gig (or greater) memory-stick to make the distro bootable.
- Boot up your computer with your Linux bootable memory-stick, live-CD or live-DVD, whatever method.
- Install UNetbootin. You can do this by opening up terminal and typing
sudo apt-get install unetbootin
- Open up Gparted.
- plug in the memory stick you want to make bootable.
- In the file-Manager window unmount the volume(s) that appear. (right-click > Unmount Volume)
- In Gparted, go to Gparted > Refresh Devices.
- In the drop-down top-right of Gparted, select the last drive in the list. this will be the drive you last plugged in - but make sure that it's size, names, partitions, etc, agree with what you know about the drive. Chances are, the computer's hard-drive will be /dev/sda , the USB you're booting off will be /dev/sdb , and the one you're setting up to be a
- Delete all the partitions on this drive (right-click > Delete)
- Use right-click > New Partition to create the following partitions:\\
section 1 size: 1.3 gig (slightly bigger than the ISO file) file system: FAT16 name: (distro name)
section 2 size: the rest of the stick file system: ext3 name: live-rw
- Select Edit > Apply all Operations to make Gparted do that that you have told it to do. Shut Gparted.
- Unplug / replug the USB pen you're putting onwhich you're installing the distro to re-mount it.
- Load up UNetbootin. Find your ISO image and put it on the distro partition of the new disk.