Install Linux from USB Device or Boot into Live Mode Using Unetbootin and dd Command

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Avishek Kumar

I am a major in computer science, love to research nix. I love to write codes and scripts, review distros, experiment Foss Technologies, write technical articles, Hack, of course Ethically. I am working as System Administrator (nix) for a NGO.

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10 Responses

  1. Rafiq says:

    Hi Avishek Kumar
    can i use dd command in windows OS?

  2. Glenn says:

    Trying to install linux in a laptop with WIN8 pre-installed. Used Unetbootin, enabling CSM, disabling secure boot and fast start-up, chose C:/ within Unetbootin as the program would not detect my external usb HDD. Upon reboot, it loads Windows bootloader and allows either Windows or Unetbootin, when I try Unetbootin I get a 0xc0000007b error, thus not allowing me to install linux. Please help!

    • Avishek Kumar says:

      any chance you are running 32 bit windows? and the binary is 64 bit version?
      wrong binaries(32 bit vs 64 bit) or corrupt file I would think.

  3. Jim says:


    My PC seems to get stuck in a “rebooting” loop when I try to boot Ubuntu from my flash drive. It opens the main menu (as shown in your last screenshot above), but once I select any option it just reboots again. The BIOS is set for USB Device first. Any suggestions?

    Thanks you

    • Avishek Kumar says:

      Try making your flash drive boot-able again.
      checksum you image file to confirm your iso is intact.
      Use iso as per you architecture.

  4. DON says:

    The ISO image should be in DD or in USB,and thank you

  5. Rob in Madison says:

    Avishek: Thanks for the very clear instructions. I have an old Compaq desktop with Debian 6 running. I downloaded a Debian 7 live image and installed it to a USB thumb drive using dd just as you described it here.

    If I change the boot order in BIOS to place the USB drive first in line, and restart, the machine does boot into the USB drive’s OS. BUT! something very weird happens: the power supply fan slows way down, and after about fifteen or twenty seconds, the mouse no longer gets responses when I click on menu items, and the mouse pointer freezes.

    At that point I have to turn the power off and on manually to restart.

    Any ideas?


    • Avishek Kumar says:

      Check two things.

      1. md5 hash of the ISO image you are using with that of official release.
      2. (if the first step is ok) try making the USB bootable again!

      Let us know where you are?

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