Create A Bootable Linux Mint Flash Drive

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When you installed Linux Mint on your computer, you might have you used a burned DVD-ROM to do it.

But, let’s face it – DVD-ROMs are a pain to use. Compared to hard drives or USB flash drives, they’re quite slow, since even the fastest optical drive can’t keep up with a hard drive or a flash drive. They’re also quite noisy, and it can become annoying to listen to the optical drive endlessly grinding away.

And depending on the age of the computer, there’s an excellent chance the optical drive might just break down. One of Linux Mint’s strengths is that it has lower system requirements and can be installed on older machines. But optical drives have motors, and motors break down. Occasionally attempting to install Linux Mint on an older machine will cause the optical drive break down from the strain of attempting to boot off a DVD

This is where a bootable USB flash drive comes into the picture. Linux Mint includes a utility that lets you turn a USB flash drive into a bootable USB disk. Using this modified flash drive, you can bypass the DVD-ROM drive entirely and boot a computer into Linux Mint using the flash drive (assuming the computer’s BIOS supports booting from the USB ports, of course). Flash memory has no moving parts, so it’s less likely to break down, and it’s also faster and quieter than a DVD-based installation. These flash drives are also useful for troubleshooting purposes – if you have a Windows system that won’t boot, for instance, you can boot it up from a Linux Mint USB flash drive, and copy any critical documents to an external hard drive.

Here’s how to create a bootable Linux Mint USB flash drive.

To create the bootable USB flash drive, you’ll need two things. The first is a USB flash drive, obviously, and it needs to be one gigabyte or larger in size. The second is an ISO image of a desktop Ubuntu disc. You can get the latest version of the desktop Ubuntu installation disc at this web address:

http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

Once you’ve got both the ISO and the flash drive, you can begin. First, connect your flash drive to your Linux Mint computer. Then click on the mintmenu and search for “USB Image Writer” in the search field.

When the utility starts, it will ask for a Linux Mint installation disc. This is where the ISO file comes into play. Navigate the utility to your ISO file and then click the Write button.

You’ll then see a progress bar as the utility copies the Linux Mint files to your flash drive.

Note that this process may take several minutes.

Once it’s done, you’ll see a message informing you that the installation is complete.

You can now use your flash drive to boot a computer into Linux Mint.

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