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How to Create And Boot from a Linux Usb Drive on Mac?

To know how to create and boot from a Linux USB drive on Mac computer, refer to the easy instructions provided on this web page.

Step 1 – Formatting the drive

  • First, connect your USB drive to your Mac computer.
  • On the home screen of the Mac computer, click the Applications option followed by the Utilities option and select the Disk Utility option.
  • Choose the USB drive from the left panel and click the Erase tab.
  • Fill the Name field, select the MS-DOS (FAT) option from the Format drop-down menu, and choose the GUID Partition Map option from the Scheme drop-down list.
  • Click the Erase option at the bottom.
  • By following these steps on how to create and boot from a linux USB drive on Mac.

Step 2

Download a Linux distros software.

Download a Linux distros software

Step 3 – Bootable Linux USB drive

Procedure 1 – Using the balenaEtcher software

  • The balenaEtcher is an open-source software that helps you to burn disc images on USB drives.
  • Download and install the balenaEtcher software.
  • Also, download the Linux image as per your preference.
  • After inserting the drive, open the main interface of the installed software on the Mac computer.
  • Click the Select Image option and choose the downloaded Linux image.
  • Make sure the correct USB drive is selected. If not, click the Change option and choose the correct one from the displayed list of connected devices.
  • Finally, click the Flash option.
  • A warning error message would appear on the screen stating that ‘Your USB drive isn’t compatible with Mac.’
  • Leave this error message and eject the USB drive.
  • If you do not want to use the balenaEtcher software, you can perform the following steps on how to create and boot from a linux USB drive on Mac.
Using the balenaEtcher software

Procedure 2 – Using the built-in command lines

  • Open the Terminal application.
  • Check where the Linux disc image is saved.
  • Type ‘hdiutil convert [X] -format UDRW -o [Y]’ without the quotes in the Terminal window and press Enter.
  • Note: The letter X denotes the location of the downloaded Linux image (ISO image). The letter Y denotes the destination where you have to save the converted image.
  • Enter the following command lines in the Terminal window.
  • diskutil list
  • Diskutil unmountDisk /dev/[diskM]
  • Note: Replace the diskM with your disk number.
  • Sudo dd if=[Y] of=/dev/[diskN] bs=1m

Step 4 – Booting the USB drive

  • Plug the Linux USB drive into the Mac computer.
  • Turn off the computer.
  • Hold the Option key and turn on the Mac computer.
  • You will see the Boot menu on the screen.
  • Double-click the USB drive.
  • When you see the next set of options and continue with the instructions to finish the process.

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