How to Create a Bootable USB Device

If your hard drive fails, your operating system becomes corrupted or your machine becomes otherwise unable to boot regularly, you will need to boot in from another device. If you have your operating system's installation CD or DVD, you can boot your machine from the disc. Alternately, you can boot from an operating system installed on a USB drive. Read on to learn how to create a bootable USB device.

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Connect your USB drive to your machine.

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Download UNetbootin (see Resources section.) This open-source software allows you to easily install Linux on a USB drive.

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Run UNetbootin. Click the drop-down menu next to "Distribution" and choose the version of Linux you would like to install. Next, choose the version in the adjacent drop-down menu.

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At the bottom of the dialog, choose the "USB Drive" under "Type." Next, select the drive letter of your USB drive under "Drive." Click "OK" and wait for the install process to complete.

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To boot from your USB drive, insert it into the machine before powering it on.