How to Setup Linux from USB drive?

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gBurner can create write Linux ISO file to USB drive to make bootable USB drive, you can then install Linux or run live Linux from the USB drive. gBurner supports most of Linux distros, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and etc. Please follow the steps to make Linux bootable USB drive, and setup Linux from the USB drive.

Step1: Create Bootable USB Drive:

  1. Start gBurner or gBurner Pro (v5.0 or newer version, download here).

  2. Insert the USB drive you intend to boot from.

  3. Click on the "Tools > Write USB" icon in the project list.


  4. A "Write USB" project opens in the project window. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating system, you need confirm the UAC dialog to continue.


  5. Click "Browse ..." button to select the Linux setup iso file.

    Select the correct USB drive from the "Destination USB Drive" list.

    Choose the proper writing method. "UEFI" is recommended for most of all modern computers. You can also select "BIOS" or "BIOS and UEFI CSM" if your computer or the Linux distro doesn't support UEFI booting. 


    Click "OK" button to start creating Linux bootable USB drive.

  6. A warning dialog shows prompting that all data in the USB drive will be destroyed. Please make sure that you have selected the correct USB drive, and backed up all important files in the drive, then click "OK" to continue.


  7. gBurner will start writing all setup files and boot information to the USB drive. It will show detailed information during the process. 


  8. You should receive a message box, "Writing USB drive completed successfully.", after gBurner finishes the process.


If no errors occurred in the above process, you should now be all set to setup Linux through USB drive!


Step 2: Configuring the BIOS to boot from USB drive:

You should now reboot and go into the BIOS configuration to boot from USB. Instructions for doing so wildly from system to system, but generally entail the following:

  1. Reboot the system.

  2. While booting (before Windows starts loading), get into the BIOS configuration screen by hitting something like F1, F2, Delete or Escape. Hotkey instructions are generally provided on the screen.

  3. Go to the section that contains your boot devices.

  4. With your USB drive plugged in, the USB drive should be listed. If it isnít, your system might not support booting from USB. Assuming that it is supported (as is the case with virtually all modern hardware), promote your USB drive to the primary boot device. If you have created the bootable USB drive in "BIOS" or "BIOS and UEFI CSM" mode, please enable CSM support.

  5. Exit from the BIOS configuration, saving all changes.


Step 3: Booting and setup Linux from USB drive:

Assuming that you properly configured your BIOS and your USB drive supports booting, Linux setup should now load. Depending on the speed of your USB drive, this may take a while.

If it isnít working, then double-check the following before making a scene:

  • Is your BIOS properly configured for booting from the USB device? (Is the USB device listed and does it have top priority?)

  • Have you correctly prepared the USB drive in step one? (Restart the procedure and try another writing method.)

  • Does your USB drive properly support being booted from? (Try another one!)

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