In this tutorial, we will see how to create a bootable Ubuntu USB stick under Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal). This will help you install Ubuntu operating systems from USB flash drives without using a CD/DVD drive. Before we start, here are the requirements:

  • No less than 2GB USB flash drive
  • Ubuntu CD/Ubuntu ISO Image File
  • Root privileges
Get Started

1. Launch the Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and install Startup Disk Creator with one of these two commands:

sudo apt-get install usb-creator-kde


sudo apt-get install usb-creator-gtk

2. Using Dash, open Startup Disk Creator:

3.If you have already mounted the Ubuntu CD into your CD/DVD-ROM drive, then skip this step and go to step 4, otherwise click Other and select the Ubuntu ISO image file from your hard drive:

4. Under the "Disk to use" section, you will find your mounted USB flash drive. If it is not already formatted, then select it and click Erase Disk.

5. Move now the slide button to maximum to use all USB stick storage capacity:

6. Click now the Make Startup Disk button to start creating your disk:

7. Wait now while your disk is being created. When done, click OK.

8. Restart now your system and boot from your USB flash drive (select USB-ZIP in the boot screen) to start the installation of Ubuntu.

Note: This tutorial is also applicable on Ubuntu 10.10/10.04.

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