I am currently using Zorin OS 12.4 Core as the only Operating System on my ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 4 (20FC). I am trying install either Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS or Ubuntu 18.10 on my pc and it says that that I need either a DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media. I tried to get it onto a USB but it won't let me install it to a USB. How do I install either Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS or Ubuntu 18.10 on to my USB? DownloadUbuntuDesktop.jpg ImageBurningSetup.jpg

  • I really need some help with this – Marcus Mickelson Dec 16 '18 at 18:33
  • And your USB is how big? And are we talking install here or creating an installer? – George Udosen Dec 16 '18 at 18:35
  • My USB is 64GB. I wanna get either Ubuntu LTS OS or Ubuntu OS on to my my pc as the only OS on my pc while removing all other OSs on the pc as well. I have get either Ubuntu LTS OS or Ubuntu OS onto the USB first. I did it when I installed ZorinOS but it wont let me do it for Ubuntu LTS OS or Ubuntu OS...idk why – Marcus Mickelson Dec 16 '18 at 18:50
  • And what is the error message! – George Udosen Dec 16 '18 at 18:57
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For a simple installer flash drive that will boot in UEFI

  • Insert flash drive, note it's location, likely sdb.
  • Download Ubuntu ISO file, cd to it's directory.

  • Run in terminal:

    sudo dd if=isofilename.iso of=/dev/sdb

(assuming sdb is the USB)

  • Process will take a while.

  • When done boot Ubuntu from USB flash drive in UEFI mode and install.

  • The dd method is the general advice, that works in all linux distros and hybrid iso files. It is simple, but it is very important to double check the device letter of the output, because dd does what you tell it to do without questions and can easily overwrite valuable data, just because of a typing error. – sudodus Dec 17 '18 at 14:04

You can install mkusb with the following commands in a terminal window. Zorin is similar enough to Ubuntu so that the same commands work (to install and run mkusb).

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mkusb/ppa  # and press Enter
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mkusb mkusb-nox usb-pack-efi

You can start mkusb

  • from the menu or
  • from the command line in a terminal window

    mkusb file.iso

    or easier (more directly to version 12, dus

    dus file.iso

and it will help you to identify and select the target device.

There are more details at help.ubuntu.com/community/mkusb

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