How To Make A Ubuntu Bootable USB

As we are now getting more comfortable with USB flash drives, it just makes more sense to be able to do a lot of things with it other than just being a mere storage device. USB flash drive comes in very handy, especially when you are trying to install an operating system to your laptops and computers. I remember those days when I just have this fear of even just reading the words “CD-ROM” and “disk drives” but somehow USB flash drive is something that I am very comfortable with.

Why do we create bootable USB flash drives? Well, there are instances when we feel the need to install or re-install an existing operating system or a new operating system. You might be upgrading to the newest operating system or wanting to change operating systems, you can definitely DIY (Do It Yourself). And sometimes, we are working on a computer or laptop that does not have a CD or DVD drive so thanks to USB flash drives!

Win32 Disk Imager on the other hand, is a free utility that writes and restores a raw disk image to and from a removable device just like the USB flash drive that we are going to use to create a Ubuntu bootable USB flash drive. This tool is an open source application. Here are the things that you might love about the Win32 Disk Imager:

  • It has a simple interface which means it is simple to use. 

Ubuntu, is one of Linux distribution based on Debian. And here is a list of the things that might convince you to use Ubuntu over other operating systems:

  • It is completely free! Who says there’s no such thing as free lunch? Well, looks like this is an exception to Ubuntu.
  • Yes! It is efficient in a way that you can use it without having to install it. Which means that you can use it live from the USB flash drive. Who would not love to have their operating system handy? In case of emergency, you would always have your SOS right under your nose.
  • Flexible than your bones. Kidding aside, you would be surprised that Ubuntu can actually run older computer or laptops without compromising performance. You don’t have the latest specifications on your computer or laptop? No budget yet to upgrade? You might not be the type of person who regularly upgrades and is more of sentimental with your possessions? Then Ubuntu is all for you! You can still install Ubuntu and never doubt about how it gets the work done!
  • It is an open source program. So, this means that everyone is free to contribute to make it better!
  • Secured than the others. Well, I can’t really say that Ubuntu is 100% secured, but they do not have as much cases of security issues.
  • Time saver. Save yourself some time with Ubuntu. This is really a big deal for me because sometimes I just don’t have the patience to wait for the computer or laptop to restart for updates. And this is the reason why Ubuntu stands out for me. Isn’t it so cool that Ubuntu can install the updates in the background?

So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Step 1:  Download all the things that we will be needing

  • If you do not have the Win32 Disk Imager yet, you can download it here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/
    • Once you have copied and paste the link provided above to a browser, go ahead and click “Download”.
    • A pop-up message will appear, just click “I Accept.

This should start downloading the Win32 Disk Imager.

Once you have copied and paste the link provided above to a browser, scroll down and you should see the latest LTS (Long Term Support) version of Ubuntu available for download.

Take note of the recommended system requirements:

  • 2GHz dual core processor or higher
  • 4GB system memory
  • 25 GB of free hard drive space
  • USB port for the installer media
  • Preferably with internet access

Step 2: Open Win32 Disk Imager

  • Go ahead and pull up the file for the Win32 Disk Imager that you have downloaded
  • Right click on the file
  • Click “Run

Step 3: Choose the ISO file

  • Under the “Image File” on the right side, click the blue folder icon.
  • Browse and select the Ubuntu ISO file that you have downloaded

Step 4: Plug in the USB flash drive to your laptop or computer

  • This is very self-explanatory. Go grab your USB flash drive and plug it into your computers and laptops.

A pop-up message will appear saying that you need to format the removable device.

  • Just ignore this message.

Step 5: Select the device

  • Under “Device”, make sure that you have selected the correct device that you are going to use.

Better to unplug those USB flash drives and other removable devices if it is not in use to avoid confusion.

Step 6: Write

  • Make sure to double check first that you have all selected the correct ones for the Image File and Device
  • Go ahead and click “Write” which is located at the bottom part
  • A pop-up message will appear saying that “Writing to a physical device can corrupt the device. Are you sure you want to continue?”, you can just go ahead and click “Yes”.

This is just a warning and does not necessarily mean that the device will be corrupted. It’s just letting you know that there is a possibility for the device to be corrupted but so far it didn’t happen to my device.

You can see how it’s going with the Progress bar. Do not forget to remove the USB flash drive once the writing is done by clicking the “Eject Safely” and safely remove the USB flash drive.

Then you are now ready to go! You can go ahead and boot your laptops and computers.