A flash drive is one of the single most useful tools a person can own. With it you can back up critical data, transport large files, rescue a malware-infested PC, and even run an entire operating system. Regarding this last option, awhile back I explained how to put Windows 8 on a flash drive. It works with Windows 7, too. Today, let's talk about putting Linux on a flash drive. Why would you want to do that?
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How to Create a Bootable Linux USB Flash Drive, the Easy Way
For Windows there are a ton of software programs that help you create bootable USB drives. Even Microsoft has its own tool. Of all the available tools, Rufus, a free and open-source application, is one of the best. In fact, Rufus is one of those tools that every Windows user should have in their software catalog. Let me show how you can use Rufus to quickly create a bootable flash drive in Windows. Note : This tutorial assumes you already have the ISO file.
Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive
Join , subscribers and get a daily digest of news, geek trivia, and our feature articles. A bootable USB drive is the best way to install or try Linux. When you run it, none of your chances like installed programs or created files will be saved for the next time you run it.
The most popular Linux distribution since , computed by the page-hit rankings at Distrowatch, has been Linux Mint. The disc image a single large file with a name ending in. Different manufacturers require different keypresses to access this start-up customization feature:.