There are sites that show how to clone a disk with virtualbox. But I couldn't find anything on how to take the vdi image file and make a bootable usb out of it.
So, I decided to install a linux system the standard way. Boot to a liveCD, insert the usb stick and mount it, partition it, install the linux OS and bootloader on it.
The only drawback is -- it will be quite slow. I'll probably get a USB 3.0 stick down the road since my system has two 3.0 usb ports.
I still appreciate the reply though, jefro. Thanks
Last edited by initramfs; 08-15-2014 at 11:44 PM.