USB Flash drive vs CD for Ubuntu?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by xi mezmerize ix, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

    xi mezmerize ix

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    I booted Ubuntu from a CD yesterday and it took extremely long to boot and was somewhat slow when it was up and running. Would a USB flashdrive boot and run faster or not?
     
  2. aarond12 macrumors 65816

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    Yes, absolutely. I cannot stand installing Ubuntu from a CD anymore. Additionally, you can make a "Live USB Key", perfect for hacking, er, troubleshooting computers. You can boot from the USB key and you will have access to NTFS, FAT, and even HFS partitions.

    You can create this USB key several ways:

    • From within Ubuntu, use System > Administration > Startup Disk Creator

    Hope this helps.

    -Aaron-
     
  3. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    In my experience a USB boot drive is faster for Ubuntu than a CD.
     
  4. xi mezmerize ix thread starter macrumors 6502a

    xi mezmerize ix

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    How about a DVD? Would the flash drive still be faster?
     
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  6. koruki macrumors 6502a

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    I've left out the optical drive in my latest custom PC build. I've also replaced the superdrive with an extra hdd in my Macbook pro 2 days after receiving it. I cringe whenever I need to burn a DVD for someone. ;)

    USB all the way
     
  7. xi mezmerize ix thread starter macrumors 6502a

    xi mezmerize ix

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    Well now I've encountered a problem in which I can't boot from the flash drive. It shows up in refit as a "legacy" drive and when I select it windows boots up.

    When I hold alt/option at startup it doesnt even show up.

    When I boot into osx and go to system preferences to select the startup disk it doesnt show up even though it is on the desktop.

    HELP!!!
     
  8. koruki macrumors 6502a

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    have you set up the USB drive as a bootable device? You can't just format it and import the ISO into it.
     

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