How to create bootable USB pen from Ubuntu

If you are reading this article, you probably have had the same problem as me: creating a USB pen bootable from Ubuntu (Ubuntu 16.04 in particular) seems almost impossible. Apparently the tool Bootable disc creator of Ubuntu e UNetbootin recently they have some problems creating a bootable USB running at 100%.

For this reason I have tried a valid alternative to Unetbootin and the solution to the problem seems to be Etcher. This is an easy to use and multiplatform application, therefore compatible with Linux, Windows and MacOS. Let's see how it works.

Guide: how to create USB stick bootable from Ubuntu

First of all we must go to the official website and download Etcher. | Download in English

After clicking on the button to start the download, the site will notify us that this application uses AppImages to start, that is, it does not need any installation. Simply unpack the downloaded zip file and start the obtained file. At the first start a message may come out, we confirm and after a few seconds the following screen will appear.

create bootable USB stick from Ubuntu 16.04

The interface is very simple and intuitive. 3 single steps are sufficient to create our bootable USB stick.

  • First, select the ISO image already downloaded. If you haven't downloaded it yet, I suggest you choose an LTS version as it will receive support for a long time. If you are interested in Ubuntu, find it here
  • The second step is to select the USB stick on which we will write the operating system. The USB stick must have a minimum capacity of 2 GB. I advise you to format it first with Gparted
  • Finally, as a third step, just click on Flash to start the procedure that will take a few minutes. At the end your USB key will be ready and running at 100%.

Why use Etcher instead of Unetbootin?

As mentioned at the beginning, Unetbootin does not seem to work with Ubuntu 16.04, and the same goes for the Disk Creator application. Another positive aspect is the interface: Etcher is much more user friendly and at the same time quick to create.

The real advantage, however, lies in checking after writing the USB stick; unlike Unetbootin, Etcher writes the USB stick and after it check integrity. This guarantees the perfect functioning of the bootable USB key.

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