Saturday, February 26, 2011

Portable Ubuntu Persistent USB using LinuxLive USB Creator and VirtualBox

LinuxLive USB Creator also known as LiLi is a powerful, open source software for creating Live Linux USB drives with Persistence. It is a Windows only software and can't run on any other platforms.

LinuxLive USB Creator

LiLi Features

Here are some of its key features.
  • USB drives created with LinuxLive USB Creator can be used on any other Windows PC to run Ubuntu inside Windows using VirtualBox. VirtualBox can be installed on the same USB drive thus making the USB portable to any Windows PC.
  • USB drives created with LinuxLive USB Creator can be used to boot Ubuntu (as installation media or Live environment).
  • USB drives can be used to install Linux inside Windows using Wubi installer.
  • LinuxLive USB Creator can download the ISO images itself (when connected to the Internet) and then varify their integrity before burning them to the USB.
  • You can keep your existing files on the USB drive (only format if you need to).
  • LiLi hides the Linux files on your USB drive thus keeping the drive clean.
  • LiLi can run on Windows 7, Vista and XP.
  • LiLi features one of the best GUI interfaces.

Power on your Windows PC and download LinuxLive USB Creator here.

Find and run the downloaded  LinuxLive USB Creator*.exe and follow on-screen instructions. Once installed, start LiLi from Start Menu.

Creating the Portable Linux USB

Creating a Linux Live USB with Persistence and VirtualBox only takes 5 simple steps in LiLi.

LiLi Step 1
  1. Choose your USB key from the drop down menu.
  2. Choose the source. It can be either an ISO/IMG image on your HDD, a CD-ROM disc or even you can make LiLi download Ubuntu (or any other Linux) automatically.
  3. If you want to make your USB Persistent, use the slider to adjust size for your Persistence file. Leave it '0' for none.
  4. Step 4 allows you to deal with 3 options. You can choose to hide the Linux files on your USB drive (for cleanliness purposes). Can choose to format the drive (doing so will destroy all your data on the drive obviously). And you can choose to install VirtualBox and make Ubuntu run inside Windows. This option is enabled by default.
  5. Review your selections and click the lightning icon to start creating the Live USB.
VirtualBox Usage

Once the USB creation is completed open up your USB drive in Windows file Explorer and you'll find a folder named VirtualBox.

LiLi VirtualBox

Use 'Virtualize_This_Key' icon to start Ubuntu immediately or 'VirtualBox' for a full interface of VirtualBox where you can tweak settings for you Virtual Machine.

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