Ubuntu: Make an Ubuntu bootable USB drive for a PC using Mac?



Question:

I have a netbook that I want to install Ubuntu onto. I do have a good Mac computer that I can make a bootable USB drive from, but I'm confused on how to go about making it.


Solution:1

In order to make an Ubuntu live USB for installing Ubuntu, use UNetbootin. The flash drive you use should be 1GB or larger (2GB or larger in Ubuntu 14.04 and onward), plus whatever additional space on the USB drive you want to use for persistent file storage, and formatted to FAT32. The formatting procedure will delete all of the files that are already on the flash drive.

In UNetbootin click the Diskimage radio button and then click the   ...   button.

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Select the Ubuntu ISO file you downloaded and click the Open button.

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It is very important to verify that the device that you are installing the Ubuntu live USB to is indeed your flash drive, so that you don't overwrite any of your system or personal files which may make your operating system unbootable. In OS X you can find the device name of the USB flash drive using Disk Utility.

In the first screenshot the name of the USB drive is /dev/disk0s4

The Ubuntu live USB flash drive that you make this way will be bootable from PC computers. In order to enable your computer to boot from the USB flash drive, you must enter your BIOS/UEFI setup utility by pressing one of these keys: Delete, F2 or F10 as soon as the motherboard splash screen appears when the computer is booting. In the BIOS/UEFI menu, you need to change the boot order so that the USB flash drive, which is usually called USB-HDD in newer computers, is the first entry in the boot sequence, and then save your new settings and exit the setup utility.


Solution:2

there's a software called UNEBOOTIN (http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/), it will let you create a bootable USB disk, just follow the instructions on their webpage


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