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I struggled today with this task, thinking initially that it ought to be as simple as doing a “dd” of the image to the drive’s device node. I was getting discouraged when I came to find that the “usb-creator” app recommended by the Ubuntu team within the Ubuntu Wiki (and an app that seemed to get frequent mentions in various Google searches) proved to be extremely buggy for me in not allowing me to select an .ISO, format command failures, and bogus UI feedback.

I struggled today with this task, thinking initially that it ought to be as simple as doing a dd of the image to the drive’s device node. I was getting discouraged when I came to find that the “usb-creator” app recommended by the Ubuntu team within the Wiki (and an app that seemed to get frequent mentions in various Google searches) proved to be extremely buggy for me in not allowing me to select an .ISO, format command failures, and bogus UI feedback.

Finally, I came across a great little utility called UNetbootin. This app is great! It is available for both Linux and Windows (and is also available within the Ubuntu software repository), and it worked perfectly for me with no tinkering. It will even automatically download a distro of your choice for you and prep it for USB booting. I will definitely be using this utility in the future!