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Old 03-06-2014, 03:37 PM   #1
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bootable USB stick for Linux

Hello everybody,

I just joined your forum as a Linux beginner and here is my first question.

I started off making a bootable Linux Mint Cinnamon USB stick in Windows 7, which worked all right.
Then I installed Linux Mint on my laptop.
Unfortunately I overwrote my Windows 7 partition during the Linux Mint installation, so now I have to do everything in Linux (which probably isn't too bad).
To compare different versions of Linux I would like to make a bootable Linux USB stick again, but now I have to do this in Linux itself of course.
I downloaded the relevant ISO file to my laptop and also the program UNetboot, which should be able to generate the live USB stick.
Unfortunately UNetboot does nothing, when I double click it.

Does anybody know how to solve this problem or generate the live USB stick in a different way?
Thanks in advance for your reaction.

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Old 03-06-2014, 05:03 PM   #3
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Thank you for your suggestions, lieb
In the mean time I also searched a bit further and found the following solution:
How to make the USB stick?
Using mintStick
mintStick is installed by default in Linux Mint.
Launch "USB Image Writer" from the menu, select your ISO image and your USB device and press "Write to device".
I tried it out and it worked ok!
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As an alternative, you could also install a VM player like VirtualBox on your computer and then install the other versions of Linux you want to try as virtual machines within your existing Linux Mint.

It is pretty simple to do and there are plenty of tutorials to walk you through the steps
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Welcome! Linux Mint is a good choice for a beginner. Ubuntu is also a very popular distro that biginners seem to do well with. I agree that using some VMware like virtualbox will be very helpful. The learning curve is not much and you'll get totry out whichever distros you like after you install them. Most of all Have fun. You will learn a lot. Best wishes!
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You say that you're trying to make a usb stick of another distro, so the question is, which? Unetbootin is the normal method, but some don't and can't use it (e.g. Fedora, Point, Salix). Look on your distro's web-site and see if they have instructions for installing.
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how to make a USB startup stick

Thanks for your reply, David.
In the mean time I found a really easy way to make a startup stick.
Just right click on an ISO file and you get a choice to make a startup stick.
My OS is: Linux Mint Cinamon 16 (64 processor)


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