How To Create a Linux Live Bootable USB Stick using UNetbootin

SK Mezanul Haque

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7 Responses

  1. Brad says:

    I used this last week to install Ubuntu, easiest thing ever :).

  2. Small USB says:

    Great tutorial. Does this mean you can boot from this stick, without actually installing it on your computer..I have never used Linux. so if I had Windows on my computer could I boot to the stick and use Linux?

  3. Tony Bradley says:

    Does UNetbootin leave space on the USB stick to allow data to be read from/wrote to the stick while using the Liinux apps?

  4. jason uk says:

    hi there , ive recently had trouble with my hard drive its working fine but isnt booting , and now the drive has used up all its space for new installs of windows , i download this very good usb loader unetbootin its really handy , what i needed to know is how do i use the gpart partion programme , do i have to delete partitions or format them , im relaly not great with computers but id like to learn how i can repair my drive and run windows again , all help is very much appreciated any help would be great …. thanks from jason email adress tottenham1881********** im on skype and msn .

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    • Mezanul says:

      Hi Jason,

      Sorry, I cannot understand your problem properly, but I’ll try to offer you a solution here. Basically, I couldn’t understand what you mean when you said, “now the drive has used up all its space for new installs of windows”? Is your hard disk not booting at all? Is your drive getting recognized when you’re trying to install an operating system? Do you want to recover your data? Do want to just fully format your drive and install Windows?

      If the answer to the last question is Yes, than you don’t need gpart at all. You just need to put in your Windows 7 DVD (assuming you’re trying to install Windows 7, since you’ve not mentioned anything in your comment) and boot from the disk. Here’s the official steps as described by Microsoft:

      To install Windows 7 using the Custom option and formatting the hard disk

      To format your hard disk during Windows 7 installation, you’ll need to start, or boot, your computer using the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive.

      1. Turn on your computer so that Windows starts normally, insert the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive, and then shut down your computer.
      2. Restart your computer.
      3. Press any key when prompted, and then follow the instructions that appear.
      4. On the Install Windows page, enter your language and other preferences, and then click Next.
      5. If the Install Windows page doesn’t appear, and you’re not asked to press any key, you might need to change some system settings. To learn how to do this, see Start your computer from a Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive.
      6. On the Please read the license terms page, if you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms, and then click Next.
      7. On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Custom.
      8. On the Where do you want to install Windows? page, click Drive options (advanced).
      9. Click the partition that you want to change, click the formatting option you want to perform, and then follow the instructions.
      10. When you’ve finished formatting, click Next.
      11. Follow the instructions to finish installing Windows 7, which include naming your computer and setting up an initial user account.

      Reply back if you need further help.

  5. Alex Cox says:

    My installation of GNU/Linux Mint (based on Ubuntu) comes with an application called USB Image Writer, which creates a bootable USB stick. So why should I install UNetbootin? Thanks!

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