How to Run Linux from an USB Flash Drive

by Manoj 2012-07-07 16:38:48

Things you need:

– One of the supported Linux distributions of your choice:

· Arch Linux
· BackTrack
· CentOS
· CloneZilla
· Damn Small Linux
· Debian
· Dreamlinux
· Elive
· FaunOS
· Fedora
· FreeBSD
· FreeDOS
· Frugalware
· Gentoo
· Gujin
· Kubuntu
· Linux Mint
· Mandriva
· NetBSD
· NTPasswd
· openSUSE
· Ophcrack
· Parted Magic
· PCLinuxOS
· Puppy Linux
· Slax
· SliTaZ
· Smart Boot Manager
· Super Grub Disk
· Ubuntu
· Xubunu
· Zenwalk

- Minimum 1GB USB flash drive

Step 1 – Download UNetbootin

Ok, so all you have to do is grab the UNetbootin executable and save it on your desktop.

Right click on it and go to Properties…

Now, click the third tab (Permissions) and check the box in front of the “Allow executing file as program” option…

Close the Preferences window!

Step 2 – Execute UNetbootin and create your portable Linux distribution

First of all, insert the USB stick in an empty port (this is very important, because you will not be able to use the USB stick if you insert it after you’ve opened the UNetbootin application).

Double click the UNetbootin executable, type your password, and it will open. All you have to do now is to select your favorite Linux distribution and the preferred version/edition, and begin the process. Alternatively, you can download the ISO image of the Linux distribution that you want to make portable, and use it in UNetbootin for an ultra fast process!

In the following example we’ve used a BackTrack 3 ISO image and installed it on an USB stick with UNetbootin. The whole process took about 5 minutes to complete:
Review image

That’s it! Reboot your machine and boot from the USB stick. Have fun with your brand new portable Linux operating system!

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