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!