Creating a Bootable USB Drive
On Ubuntu and Ubuntu MATE
GNOME Disks is pre-installed on Ubuntu 16.04 and newer. Use the Restore Disk Image… option, which natively supports XZ compressed images. It can be used for both USB drives and microSDHC cards.
If Disks is not present on your system, you can install it from the terminal:
sudo apt-get install gnome-disk-utility
The image can be directly written to a microSDHC or to a USB drive using a utility like
dd, but we prefer
ddrescue (from the gddrescue package).
For example, for Debian-based systems:
sudo apt-get install gddrescue xz-utils unxz ubuntu-mate-15.10.3-desktop-armhf-raspberry-pi-2.img.xz sudo ddrescue -D --force ubuntu-mate-15.10.3-desktop-armhf-raspberry-pi-2.img /dev/sdx
/dev/sdX with your actual device. Use the
lsblk command to check.
If you want to make a bootable USB using Windows we recommend:
- Etcher to write the image to a USB drive.
If you want to make a microSDHC using Windows we recommend: