Ubuntu: How can I install and run Ubuntu directly from an SD card?


I've heard that this is possible and I want to do this. I downloaded Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS.iso(64-bit) file and used win32 Disk Imager to write it onto two SD cards to try and get it to work. The SD cards I used were a 64GB Class 10 SDXC card and a 32GB Micro SDHC card (with adapter). I formatted them as exFAT and FAT32 respectively and have tried to format them both as NTFS to see if that worked. I also tried this on a 8GB USB drive formatted as NTFS and it worked just fine. Right now I'm using a Lenovo Y70 laptop with these specs:

Windows 10 Home (64-bit), Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.5 GHZ, 16B GDDR3L, 1TB + 8BG SSHD, NVIDIA Geforce 860m (4GB DDR5), Card Reader (Support: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC),

I have turned safe boot off and turned legacy support on in BIOS and it still won't even recognize it as a bootable drive, I'm really not sure what I'm doing wrong.


If you have a dual-SD card reader where you can insert both cards at once, it's possible.

What you need to do is:

  1. "burn" the .iso file on the "install SD"
  2. boot from the install SD
  3. install on the second SD (wiping it completely)
  4. remove the "Install SD"
  5. boot from the second SD.


If you want to optimise the system a bit have a look here for some advanced settings.


This is possible, however you will need to have a device that supports booting from an SD. Like a Raspberry PI. If you have an image you can use dd to write it to the SD card.

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