Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have Debian (Lenny) installation on a Dell Vostro v13. The laptop doesn't have a CD/DVD-ROM drive so the only way for me to install Ubuntu on it is via USB- unless I attach an external CD/DVD-ROM. How can I create an Ubuntu live USB on my Debian machine? Is UNetbootin my only option or is there another way? Thanks.

share|improve this question
add comment

3 Answers

I believe dd would also be a viable option:

dd if=________.iso of=/dev/sd_

Where 'if' is your input file and 'of' is your output file (ie device).

share|improve this answer
add comment

You can use tools like UNetbootin, usb-creator etc to do it. Or you could manually do it :

  • Copy/Extract files from the ISO to the root dir of your USB Drive
  • Set the boot flag for your usb ddevice(use gparted or cfdisk)
  • run : syslinux -sm /dev/your_usb_dev
  • Create syslinux.cfg file in usb root dir with content : include isolinux/isolinux.cfg
share|improve this answer
    
According to man syslinux there's no such option as -m. Very interesting though, I'll try it soon! –  cYrus Aug 24 '10 at 12:55
add comment

As root, just:

cat the_ubuntu.iso > /dev/sdX

then

sync

… and voilà.

share|improve this answer
    
Or you can use dd. Will be faster. –  kinokijuf Sep 23 '12 at 17:28
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.