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 Post subject: How-To make a bootable USB drive
PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 9:25 am 
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Class: USB installation how to
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20 minutes
Desirability Saves CDs and provides a faster live environment. Also easier to carry.

Let face it, it's a lot easier to carry around a flash drive than a CD to install Peppermint on your friends and family member's computers. With this quick how-to your will have a bootable drive that is able not only to show people Peppermint but to install it as well.

First thing you will need is a USB flash drive and the Peppermint iso which can be downloaded from our website. Now that we have those two items we can begin. Next you will need to install usb-creator-gtk from the Software Manager, the package manager or you can install it fron the terminal using the command:
apt install usb-creator-gtk

Type in your password and hit enter and answer yes when asked if you want to install the packages. Once the packages are installed go to the Peppermint menu and look under the preferences menu and look for a program called Startup Disk Creator and click on it.

Now that we have the program installed and running it is time make the bootable USB drive. In the first box, which is labeled "Source Disk Image (.iso) or CD", you will see a list of all your downloaded iso files that you can install on the USB drives. Look for the Peppermint iso click on it and next look down to the next box. This box tells you what USB flash drives have plugged into your system. If there is nothing on the flash drive it will show up as all free space. If it has data on it you will need to save it to another disc of flash drive because we are about to erase it. Click the "Erase Disk" button below the box and wait for it to finish before you proceed.

Now that we have a clean USB drive, we can install the image to it. Presuming we will be using this just to install Peppermint onto other systems click on the circle that says "Discarded on Shutdown" and click on "Make Startup Disc". Depending on the size of the USB drive you are using it may take a while to install. When it is finished, it will say so. At this point simply remove the flash drive and you are good to go. The Peppermint Team recommends that you use this way of making a bootable USB drive though there are other applications available that offer similar functionality.

Regarding UNetBootin. Our testing has shown it to have a higher failure rate than other applications when creating bootable USB drives. Feel free to use it, but note that it is not recommended by Team Peppermint.

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