Make boot-able Linux/Ubuntu USB drive using UNetbootin: Live CD solution to backup your data

Keywords: UNetbootin, Make a bootable USB drive for Ubuntu

How to make a bootable USB drive with Linux distribution? How to boot Ubuntu from a pen drive? How to make bootable Ubuntu pen drive? Windows not working, how to backup my data ? How to save my data stored in c: drive in windows as it’s not booting? Basic windows troubleshooting failed what to do now? … And many more like these questions being asked by my friends. The answer is simple… Make a bootable USB drive with Linux Live CD functionality… like Ubuntu, Fedora,Linux mint and many more……

Making a bootable USB-drive / pen drive is not a difficult task.. If you have a Linux distro pre-installed like Ubuntu you can do it easily.. However if you have it or not, or you have Windows System it’s ok.. (Assuming you have a system working to download a Linux distro and other software)…

In this tutorial I am going to explain how to use UNetbootin to create a bootable USB drive to rescue your system or install a Linux distro if your CD/DVD drive is not working…

Note that you will require following to follow this tutorial further:




A working System with Internet connection


A USB drive


Linux distro CD/ISO image(Optional)

The third requirement is optional, if you have a Linux CD/DVD with Live CD function then ok (And if your CD/DVD drive is working you don’t need to follow some steps… 😉 , also if you have an ISO image you can save your time of downloading a Linux distro.. 🙂 )

Follow these steps now to proceed further:

  1. Download “UNetbootin”, if your working system is Windows then download windows version , if you have Linux then download Linux version.

  2. Download Ubuntu CD ISO from here(Optional, as you can download Linux distro using UNetbootin but that will be slow, and might suffer from “connection lost” problem).

If you have Windows System:

  1. Run the downloaded file.

  2. Select an ISO file or a distribution to download.

  3. Select a target drive (USB Drive or Hard Disk) and Click “Ok”. You will see:

  1. Reboot after the process is complete.

Note: If your USB drive doesn’t show up, reformat it as FAT32.

If you have Ubuntu(or any other Linux distro):

  1. Make the file executable (using either the command chmod +x ./unetbootin-linux, or going to Properties->Permissions and checking “Execute”).

  2. Start the application, you will be prompted for your password to grant the application administrative rights.

  3. The main dialog will appear, where you select a distribution and install target (USB Drive or Hard Disk).

  4. Reboot when prompted.

3.After rebooting,press the appropriate button (usually F1, F2, F12, ESC, or backspace) while your computer is starting up to get to your BIOS boot menu and select USB drive as the startup target( otherwise if there’s no boot selection option, go to the BIOS setup menu and change the startup order to boot USB by default).

4.Select ‘Try Ubuntu(or any other Linux Distro) without installing it’ option.

5. You will get Ubuntu(any Linux Distro) desktop, there your all hard-drive partition will be showing, Copy your data from there to any external hard-drive .

UNetbootin can be used in many more ways. For more information visit “UNetbootin”. Please like and share this if you find it useful… 🙂

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