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Setup Linux from USB drive

AnyBurn can create bootable USB drive for Linux. You can then setup or run Live Linux from the USB drive. This function is very useful when you want to install Linux on a computer without CD or DVD drive. It supports most of the Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, CentOS, and so on. Please follow the steps to setup Linux from USB drive,

Step1: Create Bootable USB Drive for Linux

1. Run AnyBurn (v6.0 or newer version, download here).

2. Insert the USB drive you want to make bootable.

3. Click "Create bootable USB drive...".  Because this feature requires system administrator privilege, you need confirm the UAC dialog to continue.

4. The "Create Bootable USB Drive" page will show.

5. Click "Browse" button to select the iso file for Linux.

6. Select the USB drive from the "Destination USB drive" list. If multiple USB drives are connected to the computer, please make sure that you have selected the correct drive.

7. Choose the proper boot mode. For most of modern computers, UEFI mode is suggested. You may also select "BIOS" mode or "BIOS & UEFI CSM" mode if your computer doesn't support UEFI booting, or the selected ISO file only support boot in BIOS mode. Please enable CSM support in BIOS configuration if you have chosen "BIOS" or "BIOS & UEFI CSM" boot mode.

8. Click "Next" button to start creating bootable USB drive for Linux. Before writing files to the USB drive, AnyBurn will prompt you that all data in the USB drive will be overwritten. Please click "OK" to confirm and continue. Please make sure that you have backed up all important files on the USB drive. 

AnyBurn will then start writing, and show the detailed progress information when writing USB drive.

9. After all files and boot information have been written to the USB drive, you should receive a message indicating that the bootable USB drive has been created successfully.

Step 2: Configuring the BIOS to boot from USB drive

You should now reboot , go into the BIOS configuration and change the boot option to boot from USB. Instructions for doing so wildly from system to system, but generally entail the following:

  1. Reboot the system.

  2. While booting (before Windows starts loading), get into the BIOS configuration screen by hitting something like F1, F2, Delete or Escape. Hotkey instructions are generally provided on the screen.

  3. Go to the section that contains your boot devices.

  4. With your USB drive plugged in, the USB drive should be listed. If it isnít, your system might not support booting from USB. Assuming that it is supported (as is the case with virtually all modern hardware), promote your USB drive to the primary boot device. Please make sure to enable CSM support if you have chosen "BIOS" or "BIOS & UEFI CSM" mode when creating bootable USB drive.

  5. Exit from the BIOS configuration, saving all changes.

Please be careful when you change the BIOS settings. You can seriously screw up your system by providing incorrect BIOS settings!

Step 3: Booting and setup or run Linux from USB drive

Assuming that you properly configured your BIOS and your USB drive supports booting,  A Live Linux or Linux setup program should now load. Depending on the speed of your USB drive, this may take a while.

If it isnít working, then double-check the following before making a scene:

  • Is your BIOS properly configured for booting from the USB device? (Is the USB device listed and does it have top priority?)

  • Have you correctly prepared the USB drive in step one? (Restart the procedure, and try another boot mode when creating bootable USB drive.)

  • Does your USB drive properly support being booted from? (Try another one!)



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