Is it possible to download Ubuntu 12.04 to an SD card and then use that to install or to boot directly from it, rather than using a USB stick?
The plan is to install Ubuntu on an old Toshiba Portege M200 laptop, which does not have a CD drive.
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The answers in this question: Is there a way to install Ubuntu on usb pendrive as normal instalation (not live cd)? are also applicable to SD Cards. (Tested by me)
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Anyway I suggest you to disconnect all your hard disk drives in your computer, specially those which are having a OS installed (Windows, Linux, etc.) as you may finish having a multi-boot USB/SD Memory with GRUB and in certain cases the bootloader can be written in a different device, other than the USB Memory/SD Card.
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UNetboot works perfectly fine for the process of downloading Ubuntu onto USB/SD card.
Install UNetbootin in Ubuntu
Using these few commands, downloading and running it will work.
sudo apt-get install unetbootin
Once you get into UNetboot,
If anyone has issues with it telling you to reformat your card to fat32, check your "disk utility" via dash home(where you type in you the apps your. If your using an sd card, it will probably already set as fat32. If not... simply change it to fat32, then go back to UNetboot. If your Still experiencing issues, this simple technique I'm going to tell you should do the job. Where it says "Type", make sure its set to "USB".. even though some of us will be using SD cards. Now switch it from USB to "Hard Disk". Now where it says "Drive", you should see " / ". Now switch "Hard Disk" back to "USB" and your device should pop up. Enjoy you portable Ubuntu.