Thursday, July 7, 2011

UNetbootin.....create your own live USB drive

There are many ways to install an operating system (OS).
You can install it from a cd,dvd or by creating Live USB drive.
One of the many softwares that you can use for creating a bootable drive is UNetbootin, the Universal Netboot Installer.
You can get it at  http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
 



UNetbootin can download the files of the linux distribution that you specify or use an ISO image of a cd/DVD to create a live USB drive.
The steps to create a Live USB drive are very easy.


Step 1: Format the USB drive. 




Step 2: Download the UNetbootin Installer from the link above.

Step 3: Double-click the downloaded file. Windows gives a security warning,

            ignore this and click Run.






Step 4: Now if you do not have the image to create a USB stick, select the

            Distribution radio button and select your distribution and version from
            the dropdown list.
            If you have the ISO image of the CD/DVD then select the Diskimage radio

            button and select the image file from your hard disk. 




 


Step 5: You can show all drives by checking the show all drives checkbox but do
            this with care as a mistake may chage your system settings.
            Select the USB drive from type and the drive.

Step 6: Check everything and click OK.

Step 7: Wait while it copies the files to your USB drive. 





Step 8: Once the installer completes reboot the system. 






Voila!!
Your own Live USB drive :)


Enter the boot menu and select Removable Devices/USB Hard disk from the menu to install from this Live USB drive.





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