I have a netbook that I would like to start using agan and and need to reinstall things (I think an update broke a bunch and it is faster to rebuild vs figuring it out. Anyways I have my Macbook Air that I would like to create a bootable usb drive on it to install Linux on my Netbook.

Most of the steps that I've found googling are for installing Ubuntu on a Mac, which is not what I want to do. I would like to build the bootable key on my Mac to install Linux on my netbook.

Did some searching on this site and a lot of questions linked back to Problems with making a bootable USB Drive on a Mac which is all about creating a bootable USB for installing Linux on Mac.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


You can create the bootable usb stick on a mac using this utility.

  • I was literally about to post this when you did – chad Apr 7 '13 at 3:17
  • Look I understand exactly what Ubuntu is and found the whole "There is no Ubuntu for Mac or Ubuntu for Windows" pretty pointless in this. Also I understand how to install Ubuntu and didn't need the link on how to install Ubuntu either. All I was looking for was the help in creating the bootable USB drive. If you do a simple Google Search for this, 99.9% of the links refer to installing Ubuntu on the Mac on the USB drive you just created. – jjesse Apr 7 '13 at 3:42

I have the exact same issue with an older Debian netbook.

I found the the linux forum on reddit to be the best place to get help. It's the first time people answered helpfully and without the usual air of condescendence I've come to associate with *nix.

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