How to create bootable USB drives on Windows, Linux or Mac OS

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Creating a bootable USB drive or hard disk is one of the easiest ways to install a new operating system on your PC. In this tutorial you will learn how to easily create live installation media.

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The first step is downloading and installing UNetbootin – an easy to use piece of software which makes creating live installation media a breeze. The tool is available for download here. After the installation process has finished, connect a hard disk or insert a USB drive into your computer. Now launch the application, enter the administrator password and you should see the program’s window appear on the desktop.

UNetbootin gives you two options –  you can either browse through the project’s large library of systems available for download or use your own .iso file. After selecting the appropriate option, choose the device which you want to write to (remember that it will get formatted) and click OK. The program will now start creating the live installation media for you. This might take a while, so be patient. When the process has finished you can close UNetbootin and disconnect the device.

Done! You can now use the drive to install an OS on a computer. Simply select the correct option in the BIOS and you should be ready to go.