How to Create a Linux Mint 15 Bootable USB Flash Drive

Linux Mint 13 terminal

Here’s a short howto about the creation of a bootable USB flash drive for installing the latest version of Linux Mint. All operations described here after take place on Mint 13.

  • 1 – Download Mint 15 ISO file (linuxmint-15-mate-dvd-64bit.iso) from this page
  • 2 – Plug your USB drive
  • 3 – Open a terminal in the folder where you have downloaded Mint 15 ISO file.
  • 4 – Find the USB device name with the df command:
    $ df -h
    Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sda1       455G   33G  400G   8% /
    udev            1.9G  4.0K  1.9G   1% /dev
    tmpfs           791M  1.1M  790M   1% /run
    none            5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
    none            2.0G   76K  2.0G   1% /run/shm
    /dev/sdb1        15G   13G  2.0G  87% /media/CORSAIR
  • 5 – Unmount the USD flash drive. This is important for the last step:
    $ umount /dev/sdb1
  • 6 – The last step: the creation of the bootable USB flash drive with the dd command. Pay attention to the name of the USB device: /dev/sdb and not /dev/sdb1 which is a partition in the device:
    $ dd bs=1M if=./linuxmint-15-mate-dvd-64bit.iso of=/dev/sdb

The copy lasts few minutes depending on the writing speed of the USB flash drive. Now your bootable USB flash drive is ready!


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