[ubuntu-uk] bootable USB drive

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Wed Oct 28 14:52:22 GMT 2009

javadayaz wrote:
> Hi,
> I am going to resurrect an old pc. Its already running ubuntu but i 
> would like to install xubuntu on it as its very old...PIII i think. So 
> i am thinking of installing the lighter xubuntu on it!
> I have run out of discs but i do have a usb thumb drive lying around. 
> Is there a utility that will help me make this into a bootable usb 
> drive? I have seen alot of these apps but most of them are for 
> windows. I am no longer a windows user apart from work!!!
> So this app needs to work in ubuntu...something with a nice easy GUI 
> would also help!
> Any ideas?
> -- 
> Regards
> Javad

You should be able to do it within Ubuntu.  Click on the System Menu on 
the top bar, select Administration and then USB Startup Disk Creator.  
You'll need to download the Xubuntu ISO (if you haven't already) and 
select it, then it should be able to create a bootable USB stick.  
However, it will also rely on support in the PCs BIOS to boot from USB.  
It might work, then again it might not (USB booting wasn't really 
included in BIOSes until about the Athlon XP/P4).  Still you may be lucky.


More information about the ubuntu-uk mailing list