Create Linux Lite 3.4 Live USB from Ubuntu 16.04

I have an old laptop with Intel Centrino processor. I want to make it usable again by installing Linux on it.But unfortunately I cannot install 64 bit Linux on my old laptop. Thanks to Linux Lite that still provides 32 bit support for their great Linux distribution. Linux Lite is a great Linux distribution for Desktop. This quick tutorial is going to show you how to create Linux Lite Live USB. I use Linux Lite version 3.4 which is the latest stable version.

Steps to create Linux Lite 3.4 Live USB from Ubuntu 16.04

Step 1. Download Linux Lite 3.4

Get the latest Linux Lite 3.4 ISO file from here if you don’t have it yet.

Step 2. Insert USB flash disk

It is recommended to have 4 GB flash disk or bigger to hold the Linux Lite files.

Step 3. Create Live USB

We will use “dd” command to create the live USB from the ISO file we’ve downloaded from the first step above. Lets start by checking the partitions on our system.

sudo fdisk -l

The command will display all partitions on our system. This is my output:

dhani@dhani-ThinkPad-T450:~/Downloads$ sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 465,8 GiB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x596181de

Device     Boot     Start       End   Sectors   Size Id Type
/dev/sda1            2048   3074047   3072000   1,5G  7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2  *      3074048 422928383 419854336 200,2G  7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3       422930430 944394239 521463810 248,7G  f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda4       944394240 976771071  32376832  15,4G  7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda5       422930432 520586681  97656250  46,6G 83 Linux
/dev/sda6       520587264 559648767  39061504  18,6G 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7       559650816 944394239 384743424 183,5G  7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

Partition 3 does not start on physical sector boundary.
Partition table entries are not in disk order.


Disk /dev/sdc: 14,9 GiB, 16013942784 bytes, 31277232 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x596181d4

Device     Boot Start      End  Sectors  Size Id Type
/dev/sdc1        1985 31260671 31258687 14,9G  f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sdc5        2048 31260671 31258624 14,9G  7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT


Disk /dev/sdb: 931,5 GiB, 1000204885504 bytes, 1953525167 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 33553920 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0xd57c0e77

Device     Boot Start        End    Sectors   Size Id Type
/dev/sdb1  *       64 1953520128 1953520065 931,5G  7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT


Disk /dev/sdd: 7,2 GiB, 7776239616 bytes, 15187968 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x57181ab7

Device     Boot Start     End Sectors  Size Id Type
/dev/sdd1  *        0 2043903 2043904  998M 17 Hidden HPFS/NTFS

As you can see, my USB flash disk is recognized as /dev/sdd. Please be aware that this can be different on each computer. Make sure you choose the right disk, other wise you will lose your data.

sudo dd if=linux-lite-3.4-32bit.iso of=/dev/sdd bs=4M

Change /dev/sdd with your USB drive label. Wait a moment until the process is completed.

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