Where is the Live USB option?

Asked by voor

I'm trying to use the Windows version of UNetbootin to create a Live USB drive. After I select Diskimage and point UNetbootin to the ubuntu-10.04-desktop-i386.iso file, it begins to copy files to the USB drive, but I notice that step 3 of the process says "Installing bootloader", and step 4 is a reboot. Is step 3 referring to installing a bootloader on the USB drive or on my system's HD? And why is a reboot needed, since I'm not doing a frugal install?

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Geza Kovacs (gezakovacs) said :

That actually is the Live USB option you just used.

Regarding the "Installing bootloader" message, yes a bootloader (syslinux) is indeed installed to your USB drive; USB drives (or any other media for that matter) can't magically boot Linux on their own.

As for the reboot message, the option is provided there for your convenience, as I assume that users will likely want to boot the Live USB drives they have just created; rebooting isn't required.

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voor (voorish) said :

Thanks for the clarification. I just wanted to be sure the bootloader isn't going to be installed to the hard drive instead.