Archives For November 30, 1999

To do a fresh Ubuntu install, I’m always first burning the ISO image into USB drive, and then boot up with the USB drive and install Ubuntu into hard disk.

I used to use Unetbootin to create the startup USB drive. However, it has been dropped from Ubuntu repositories since Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. And Unetbootin .bin package is not well burning the ISO image in my case.

In this quick tutorial, I’m going to tell you that the default Gnome USB Creator can do the job easier and more straightforward:

1. First download Ubuntu iso from, and plug-in your USB drive.

2. Search for and launch usb creator (Start Disk Creator) in application menu:

3. When it opens, click the Other button and choose the downloaded ISO image.

Finally click the Make Startup Disk button to start burning the ISO into selected USB drive.

That’s it! When everything’s done, boot the USB drive in your machine and try or install Ubuntu.

Ubuntu’s Startup Disk Creator Is Working Now

Last updated: January 7, 2014

Ubuntu Startup Disk Creator


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.

Upgrade USB Creator

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