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How To Make A Bootable Flash Drive Running Ubuntu 8.10

March 7th, 2009 03:41 am | by Ed |

In the world of Windows XP continues to be the preferred version for lots of people, especially after many have had a taste of the nightmare creation that is vista. Now vista is becoming less and less of an issue because Windows 7 is on the horizon.

As expected Microsoft is making a big deal about how much "better" 7 is going to be. Of course they said the same thing about Vista and we know how that turned out don't we? It's becoming more and more clear that for many people the Microsoft honeymoon is over and that particular honeymoon lingerie is something that this growing number of people no longer want to see.

The answer that many people are choosing is to switch to Linux. The problem with that is that for people who have never even seen Linux, let alone had a chance to use it enough to become comfortable with the idea of making it their primary operating system.

The first answer I've seen a lot of people suggest is to use a Live CD to boot Ubuntu linux and use that to learn your way around the system. The problem with a Live CD however is that because it doesn't store anything on the hard drive, Every time you boot the thing you're starting back at square one.

Fortunately there's an easy solution. Get a flash drive with 1GB or more of space on it and make it into a bootable Ubuntu installation so that it does NOT have to start from scratch every time you boot.

You'll need a Working CD Drive, Ubuntu 8.10 CD, and a USB flash drive with 1GB or more of space on it. Obviously the more space on the flash drive the better this will work.

Start by Downloading the Ubuntu 8.10 ISO and burn it to a CD

Then reboot your computer from the Live CD. Once you're looking at the Ubuntu desktop, plug in 1GB or larger USB flash drive.

On the Ubuntu menu go to: System | Administration | Create a USB startup disk

On the dialog that pops up Select the USB disk to use and then Select the option "Stored in reserved extra space". Then adjust the slider to set how much space to use (I would recommend using as much space as you can and still have room for the Ubuntu install. if you're using a two GB flash drive, use 1GB for the reserved space) and click "Make Startup Disk"

You'll see a progress bar tracking the installation, when it's done all you have to do is remove the Ubuntu Cd and restart your computer. When the computer restarts, set your BIOS to boot from the USB flash drive.

Once the installation is complete, simply remove the CD, restart your computer and set your boot menu or BIOS to boot from the USB device

You now have a working Ubuntu linux installation that's fully usable, won't lose everything when you shut down and still will not touch your main hard drive with it's Windows installation.

To return to Windows just reboot, boot menu or BIOS to boot from the hard drive and you're back in your windows install and everything's right where you left it.

I admit that I haven't done the procedure yet myself, however I'm going to do it this weekend whenever I can scrounge up some time.

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