Create a Bootable USB Drive with Linux

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Creating a bootable USB drive with Linux is a great way to install a new operating system or run a live Linux distribution. Rufus is a free and open-source utility that can help you create bootable USB drives with ease. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to create a bootable USB drive with Linux using Rufus.


Step 1: Download Rufus

To get started, you need to download Rufus from its official website. Rufus is available for Windows only, so make sure you are using a Windows-based computer.

Step 2: Download Linux ISO image

Once you have Rufus downloaded, you will also need a Linux ISO image. You can download the ISO image from the official website of the Linux distribution you want to use.

Step 3: Connect USB Drive

Connect the USB drive that you want to use as a bootable drive. Make sure that the USB drive is empty, or that any important data has been backed up.

Step 4: Launch Rufus

Launch Rufus and select the USB drive that you connected in the previous step.

Setup Rufus and click Start

Step 5: Select ISO image

Next, click on the Select button next to the Boot selection field and choose the Linux ISO image that you downloaded.

Step 6: Configure Rufus

Under the Partition scheme option, select MBR if your computer uses BIOS or GPT if it uses UEFI. Then, under the File system option, select FAT32 or NTFS, depending on the Linux distribution you are using (Rufus usually automatically selects the correct file system). Lastly, leave the Cluster size at its default setting.

Step 7: Start Rufus

Click on the Start button to start the process. Rufus will ask if you want to proceed with the process, click on Yes to continue.

Step 8: Wait for Rufus to complete

Wait for Rufus to complete the process. The time it takes will depend on the size of the Linux ISO image.

Step 9: Eject USB Drive

Once Rufus has finished creating the bootable USB drive, eject the USB drive from your computer.

Boot Target PC

Insert the USB drive into the target computer and switch on. You BIOS/UEFI should automatically detect and run the installation from the USB drive. If you already have another operating system installed and want to overwrite it, reboot and press the boot menu key (usually the F12, Esc, or Del keys).


Creating a bootable USB drive with Linux using Rufus is an easy process. By following the above steps, you can create a bootable USB drive in a matter of minutes. Once you have the bootable USB drive, you can use it to install Linux or run a live distribution. With Rufus, you can create a bootable USB drive with ease and get started with Linux.

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