Creating USB Stick with Ubuntu

Jared Norris jrnorris at
Sat Dec 13 03:40:08 UTC 2014

On 13 December 2014 at 11:25, agents at <agents at>

>   Although I have recently begun using Centos I now want to create a
> Ubuntu USB stick to use when traveling, doing so I have run into problems.
>  The stick is a 64 Gb stick to allow for lots of persistent data on it, I
> created a couple of partitions but cannot get grub to work (I intentionally
> choose to use grub, not grub2, to gain familiarity with the older version).
>  I followed the instructions at
> since it seemed to be low-level for me to learn the basics. I made a couple
> of changes: (1) I changed the disk format from FAT32 to ext2 for the boot
> partition to allow for a larger boot partition: (2) the initrd.gz file now
> seems to be called initrd.lz and I made that change.
>  At the end, however, I cannot get the USB stick to boot from the two
> computers I tried it on, none of which I believe uses UEFI booting. I
> believe I need to use grub2, not grub, if I want the stick to boot on a
> computer using UEFI?
>  Is it possible for someone knowledgeable to suggest what might be wrong?
> My basic assumption is that grub can be used to boot Ubuntu 14.04.1. I also
> want to do this at the low level, not use a tool to create the USB stick.
>  Second, if there is a low-level description how to create such a stick
> this using grub2 for UEFI booting, please point me to it since I may
> eventually have to do this to allow the stick to be truly usable.
>  Thank you.
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Any reason you don't just do a normal install to the USB stick? If you want
it to be persistent and it's 64gb in size I've run a generic Ubuntu install
off USB computers before for months at a time when I had a hard drive fail.


Jared Norris
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