How to Install Ubuntu on USB & Create a Portable Ubuntu USB

Important Things to Know Before You Install Ubuntu on USB

Can You Install Ubuntu on USB

What to Mean to Install Ubuntu on USB

Major Difficulty While Installing Ubuntu to USB

  • The system used for installing Ubuntu on flash drive may not boot and end up with grub errors if you haven’t plugged in the Ubuntu USB.
  • The portable Linux USB drive won’t boot on other systems because the EFI files on the ESP partition of the system were used to install Linux on USB.

What to Prepare Before You Install Ubuntu on USB Drive

  • Prepare 2 USB flash drives: Use a 4 GB USB for the live system and a USB of at least 32 GB for the portable Ubuntu USB. To install Ubuntu to USB quickly, it’s highly recommended that you use USB 3.0 for both live USB and the Ubuntu USB.
  • Be patient: Even if you use USB 3.0, the installation may be slower than a normal Ubuntu installation on HDD/SSD.
  • Compatibility: The portable Linux USB may not be compatible with systems that have secure boot enabled.

How to Install Ubuntu on USB & Create a Portable Ubuntu USB Drive

  • Create a live USB for the Linux system
  • Use the live USB to install Ubuntu on another USB by removing the ESP partition flag before and after the installation
  • Use the portable Linux USB on other systems
  • Recover the live USB to its normal condition

# 1. Create a Live USB for Ubuntu

# 2. Install Ubuntu on USB Stick

  1. Launch Gparted again just we shown in Step 2.
  2. Select the system disk that contains the ESP partition, and right-click it (labeled as msftdata). Then it should select esp and boot flags automatically.

# 3. Use the Portable Ubuntu Flash Drive on Any System

# 4. Get the Live Ubuntu USB Back to Normal

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