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Old 01-10-2014, 11:34 PM   #1
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cannot upgrade mint 10 to 16 due to no boot from usb

am using a Dell Inspirion Mini with no cd drive - I am running linux Mint 10 which someone had installed for me. Now I want to upgrade but having a lot of trouble. I downloaded the Mint Cinamon on my usb and extracted the files but I guess I need to make my flash drive bootable? I tried unebootin but was asked what program to use when I tried to open the download. I searched for problems with opening unebootin but the answer that seemed to help someone else did not make any sense to me. Nothing seems to work.Any ideas?

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Old 01-11-2014, 09:13 AM   #2
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Follow the instructions on this site, to get unetbootin to work. Yes, it has to be bootable. You need to go into the BIOS and set it to boot from USB.


You can not 'upgrade' from 10 to 16. You have to do a complete install. Upgrade implies one level up.

The root partition has to be formatted. If you have one partition, then you will need to back up all files to some external media. If your /home is a separate partition, then you do not need to format /home. User files, in /home will not be lost; if and only if this is a separate partition, and you do not format it.

Post any questions this may raise.
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I think every upgrade with linux mint has to be fresh install. Run unetbooting and it will ask you if you want to make a bootable flash drive from one of the images included in unetbooting or an image you have downloaded. So there you just select the iso you downloaded.

To boot your computer from the drive see on the booting process of the machine. It shoul tell you there what key to press for booting options.

Make sure you copy out all the files you want to keep onto an external hard drive. The installer will erase everything on the drive. Unless you have a separated home partition which we dont know only the person who installed linux in that machine knows.

Good luck to you.
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Unetbootin is not recommended in the "How to install Linux Mint via USB" instructions:

I'm assuming you've read this page already (since it is the first google hit for "linux mint usb") so please ask if you have specific questions about the commands/methods described.
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As far as I know, Unetbootin should work for Mint 16. Mint 10 is old. You may need to get the latest version of Unetbootin from their website.
Just download the ISO from the website, open Unetbootin, and tick "Diskimage", choose the ISO file you downloaded, make sure it's set to USB drive, and click "OK". Then have a cup of tea, go for a walk, etc. while the distro is installed to your USB drive.

You also may want to check the md5 checksum just to make sure your ISO is intact. To do this, just do:
cd path/to/iso/file
md5 nameoffile.iso
If, for some reason, Unetbootin does not work, you can try other programs (see such as PenDrive Linux or mint stick.


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