UNetBootin – Install Ubuntu on a USB Drive

April 30, 2009 Off By Ramakanth

We have seen Jaunty Jackalope the latest version of Ubuntu(9.0.4) has been released,I’m sure many of them wanted to a give a look on Ubntu 9.0.4. Also we have seen programs like Portable Ubuntu, which will install Ubuntu without harming our current operating system, perhaps because we do not want to make full jump into Linux world , or simply wanted to look out the new OS.But with programs like”Portable Ubuntu” we cannot have full access to all functions ,they will just give you outline of Ubuntu or any Linux OS.

A good option is to try the LiveCD,by  just putting CD and rebooting the PC, it can give you a look at the operating system and provides access to all its functions before installation.

Another best option is UNetbootin ,which allows users to install Linux(Ubuntu) or create bootable live USB drives without a CD. UNetbootin has built-in support for numerous  Linux distribution . It can create a dual-boot install, or replace the existing OS entirely.Bootable USB drive has many advantages, it is too handy and you need not to burn a Linux OS onto a DVD. Making a bootable Linux live USB drive is very easy with the freeware program UNetbootin.

How to Install Ubuntu with UNetbootin:

1.First you need to download UneBootBin(3.9Mb) and run UNetbootin (no installation needed)

UNetbootin-Installation of ubuntu

2.On main screen of the application, the first option allows us download the Linux distribution we want. If we want Ubuntu, we can simply select it from the list.
3.On the other hand, if you already downloaded the image ,then Select the Diskimage option and browse to your source ISO file.
4.Now in the Drive dropdown box, double check that your desired USB flash drive or memory card is selected and click “OK” Button to start the creation .

UNetbootin-Installation of ubuntu from Usb
5.After a few minutes, the program will tell us that it has finished converting by displaying two buttons to click, Reboot and Exit. Don’t bother click Reboot Now.
6.Set your system BIOS or boot menu to boot from the USB device and enjoy Ubuntu or any Linux OS on USB