How to Run Linux Operating System from USB Flash Drive


Once called as geek’s thing, Linux is now used by non-geeky users as well. Linux has different version of OS including Mint, Ubuntu and Suse. However, if you don’t want to completely run your machine on Linux then you could use a live bootable flash drive of your Linux, and run it on your PC whenever it suits your need. In Today’s article, I will show how to run Linux OS (Ubuntu, Mint, Suse etc) from USB flash drive (Pen Drive) without the need of installing it.

To run Linux from USB flash drives you can makes use of utilities like LiLi USB (LinuxLive USB Creator  ) . LiLi USB creator is a free utility, which allows you to create bootable, portable and Virtualized USB stick for running Linux OS from your USB drive in few minutes. Follow these steps to know how to run (Mount) Linux operating System from USB drive.

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Before you proceed with below steps, make sure that you have all the required things to proceed.

How to Run/Mount Linux Operating System from USB Flash Drive


Step 1: Connect your USB drive to your PC.

Step 2: Run LinuxLive USB Creator

Step 3: From “Choose Your Key”, select your USB Drive.

Step 4: From “Choose A Source” Select your Linux file. If you have ISO file then select “ISO / IMG / ZIP” If you have bootable CD then select “CD” else Select “Download” to download Linux file.

Step 5: From “Persistence” select the amount of memory you want to provide.

Step 6: From “Options” Check “Hide created files on key”

Step 7: Once again verify all your steps, click on Lightning icon to start the bootable USB drive creating process.

Once your bootable drive is created you can use it boot Linux on your PC, without having to install Linux separately on your PC.


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