Ubuntu’s Startup Disk Creator Is Working Now

Last updated: January 7, 2014


Startup Disk Creator, the default live USB creator comes with Ubuntu Desktop edition just fixed an important bug that was preventing it from running properly for years.

If you try to use the Startup Disk Creator, also known as usb-creator-gtk, you will probably fail. Most of the time, even when it’s used from a terminal, the application will crash without any errors, making it impossible to write Ubuntu images.

The problem has been fixed and a updated version now is available for Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 14.04 in the recommended updates repository.

To get started upgrading this app, first enable the Recommended Updates repository from <i>Software & Updates -> Updates</i> tab.

enable Ubuntu updates repository

Then we can upgrade the tool via Synaptic Package Manager or Software Updater after checking for updates.

Finally, we can use Startup Disk Creator to create bootable Ubuntu USB, just like using Unetbootin or Universal USB Installer.


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5 responses to Ubuntu’s Startup Disk Creator Is Working Now

  1. What should I do if I want to keep booting from CD, but keep the system settings and configuration between sessions? I don’t want to install the whole OS on a USB stick and run it from there. Is it possible to do it with SDC?

  2. I am in the same situation – I need a clear “step-by-step” method to place Ubuntu onto a 32GB USB drive, however, making a bootable image and how to establish the partitions is eluding me.

    I had it on a 8GB USB, but then it failed after I messed it up trying to install something else..

    at the moment, I am running Linux Lite on that one, but I would linke to put Ubuntu 14 on the 32GB USB so that I may attempt to place more things on that one.

    It is terribly frustrating because I have no ability to simply purchase a replacement computer as in the past..

    also, the DVD drive and the internal SATA drive have each failed.

    so I need to place some sort of ISO file that will activate at boot up so that I can get Ubuntu 14 (or Mint) running on the 32GB USB.

    I am fearful that I will loose my ability to get online if I continue to mess with the 8GB USB that I’m using now..

    the latency from just trying to load a web-page is agonizing (using virtual memory from this USB drive) especially while trying to conduct a job search.

    Thanks in Advance for any Helpful Helping Helpers :)

  3. Sadly, no, it is still not working. I’m running version and it crashes immediately when it attempts to write to the USB drive. I’m running Ubuntu 14.04.2 and attempting to write to a 16G USB.

  4. This is such an important tool, and hasn’t worked for so long (even in the currentish Kubuntu 15.10). Can someone at least shed light on what is causing the problem? I try to log a bug report if we can at least get some error output, or an explanation :(