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I am looking at this:

I need to create a boot disk to test Ubuntu to make sure it will run on a PC (Compaq Mini CQ10-120LA) I was given. I can create the boot disk off of a Mac (in English) or Windows (but Windows is in Spanish and foreign to me).


  1. What format do I choose for the USB stick? (I wish the instructions stated this).

  2. What is Dash? (Will I know when I run the installer?)

  3. Can I do this from a Mac or Windows computer? Or only from Ubuntu?

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The instruction on that page is for existing Ubuntu users. You can't do the same from Windows.

If you want to try Ubuntu for the first time, (No Ubuntu installed) you need to use a Windows tool to make your USB disk bootable with Ubuntu. See this section of the help page. It is for Windows users. If you are a MAC user, you should visit this page

1) What format do I choose for the USB stick?

Assuming you are referring the filesystem type, I suggest using Fat or Fat32 filesystem. The Windows tool automatically uses this format.

2) What is Dash? (Will I know when I run the installer?)

Dash is a modern and visually appealing replacement of traditional menu system. It is included in Unity. You can see this in action, if you "Try Ubuntu" before installation using the Live CD/USB.

3) Can I do this from a Mac or Windows computer? Or only from Ubuntu?

Assuming you are referring to make a bootable USB, You can do this from Mac or Windows. You don't need to have Ubuntu for trying Ubuntu. This doesn't make good sense.

Hope this answer will help.

See this links:

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In order to make an Ubuntu live USB for installing Ubuntu, use UNetbootin (Windows<=Windows 7/Mac/Linux/Ubuntu Software Center). The flash drive you use should be 1GB or larger (2GB or larger for Ubuntu 14.04 and onward), plus whatever additional space on the USB drive you want to use for persistent file storage, and formatted to FAT32. UNetbootin will automatically format the USB flash drive to FAT32 if it is not already formatted to FAT32. In either case the formatting procedure will delete all of the files that are already on the flash drive.

It is very important to verify that the device that you are installing the Ubuntu live USB to is indeed your flash drive, so that you don't overwrite any of your system or personal files which may make your operating system unbootable. In Ubuntu you can find the device name of the flash drive using Disk Utility (or Disks if you are using Ubuntu 13.04, 13.10 or 14.04 and onward). In the picture below the name of the flash drive is /dev/sdc1 where /dev/sdc is the device name of the flash drive and the 1 after sdc means UNetbootin will install the Ubuntu live USB on the first partition on that device.

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The Ubuntu live USB flash drive that you make this way will be bootable from PC computers. In order to enable your computer to boot from the USB flash drive, you must enter your BIOS menu by pressing one of these keys, usually: Delete, F2 or F10 as soon as the motherboard splash screen appears when the computer is booting. In the BIOS menu, you need to change the boot order so that the USB flash drive, which is usually called USB-HDD in newer computers, is the first entry in the boot sequence, and then save your new BIOS settings and exit the BIOS setup.

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You don't need a USB bootable to test if Ubuntu works on your PC. You can use a live cd for that.

but if you want to learn how to make bootable USB check these links:

and yes you can do it in windows and in Mac

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i have the best solution for you fast, easy and non-complicated

download the tool from : Pen Drive Linux

after download, open it up, choose the ubuntu version, browse for the ISO file, choose you flash drive, and click GO

after few seconds you will find your Flash Drive name has changed to PENDRIVE and it become bootable!!!

just boot from it and yay!


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