CD and DVD-ROM drives are getting less popular these days and it’s becoming more common to install an operating system from a USB Flash Drive instead. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a Bootable Ubuntu USB Flash Drive in a few easy steps.
The following steps have been tested on Windows 10 with a SanDisk Ultra Fit 16 GB USB Flash Drive. Any 4GB or larger USB Flash drive should work but I highly recommend using the SanDisk as I’ve found them to be compact and reliable.
You will also need to download the Ubuntu ISO and Rufus from the following locations:
In this tutorial I’ve downloaded the portable version of Rufus (version 2.16p) and the Ubuntu Server 17.04 ISO and copied them to C:\Ubuntu
Create a Bootable Ubuntu USB Flash Drive
With the software downloaded and the SanDisk USB Flash Drive inserted, follow the remaining steps to create the bootable USB Flash drive.
Double click the Rufus executable and click Yes to the User Access Control dialog message.
Configure Rufus to Write Ubuntu ISO to USB Flash
In some cases you may need to wipe the USB Flash device first which you read how to do in this tutorial.
- Click on the Device drop down menu and then choose the SanDisk USB Flash Drive.
- Click on the ISO image icon and then select the Ubuntu ISO image that was downloaded to C:\Ubuntu.
- Make sure all the other options match the image below and then click Start.
Click Yes when it asks you to Replace menu.c32
Select Write in ISO Image mode (Recommended) and then click OK.
Click OK to confirm wipe of all data on the USB Flash drive.
After clicking OK the Ubuntu ISO should start copying to the USB Flash Drive.
After the files have copied click Close to exit Rufus. You should now be able to browse the USB Flash drive and see all the Ubuntu files.
Eject the USB Flash Drive and then remove it from your device. You are now ready to use the Flash Drive to install Ubuntu on a workstation or server. You can do this by switching your BIOS so that the SanDisk USB Flash Drive is the first to boot.