How to Install Linux OS on USB Drive and Run it On Any PC

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78 Responses

  1. Lorry says:

    After I complete installation, UBUNTU boots takes very long time, is it normal?

    • Amit Nandkumar Hambar says:

      Yes, OS speed depends on pen-drive read/write speed. use lightweight Linux distro for good performance.

    • Sam Moss says:

      Linux Mint 19.1 boots much faster than Ubuntu which is about the slowest out there boot wise. No matter if you have SSD and 3.1 USB it is still slow.

  2. Javus says:

    Did someone try the same procedure using some distros that should have been developed for this very purpose? I’m referring to Slax and Porteus. They might perform better than Lubuntu!


  3. TMHD says:

    What about using it between AMD and Intel machines? I am thinking to install UBUNTU on USB SSD and use it between 3-4 different machines that one of them is Ryzen based. All are x64.

    • Ravi Saive says:


      It should work without any issues on AMD and Inter machines, I have tested in on my Intel machine and now I am using it on any PC anywhere.

      • TMHD says:

        This is indeed interesting idea for those who use few machines during the day. Will give it a try with Linux Mint :) Thx


    I have one old Compaq laptop (nx 6110) whose hard disk is not working. I wanted to use it as a Linux setup and work with python and use for my internet requirement. I was just going to buy one internal hard disk.

    Going through this post I feel that it will be very nice if I can use it using an USB drive. So, all I want to know that can I install Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on 32GB USB drive without caring for any hard disk?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Yes, you can install any Linux operating system on USB drive and use it anywhere on any PC. Just connect and use it..all data will be saved on USB disk..

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