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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18 Responses

  1. afolabi says:

    can you assist with links to a linux distro that has live ,install and other options

    • Ravi Saive says:

      Not all Linux distributions provides USB Live installs, but some do, you can find them in their official download page..

  2. Anuj Sharma says:

    Hello Avishek brother,

    Can you please explain me about 6 options of boot menu such as live, install, graphical, etc.

  3. gonbow says:

    Install with none at all. Neither USB nor CD:

  4. Rosli says:

    I have problem of imputing the source the directory. As newbie can you direct me of how to get the copy and paste as it is in my download file

    • Avishek Kumar says:

      your source then should be


      Don’t forget to replace Rosli in the above example with your User_name and name_of_iso.iso with original iso name

  5. Droggi says:

    I got a funny dd write just now. On an old USB stick i wrote 621 Mb in 1,27 seconds or 486 Mb/s if I am to trust the dd report. However the terminal has not finished the job, so I wonder why the report was made before the write was complete.
    Now its finished after about three minutes of writing.

    • Avishek Kumar says:

      No Droggi,
      It says it will be writing xy blocks. It don’t returns the prompt which means the command has not completed yet, and it simply means dd is still in action. It is not funny at all.

  6. Rafiq says:

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. DON says:

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

  10. 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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