Creating bootable Debian usb flash drive

There are tons of tutorials like this online, so I’ll keep it as short as possible.


I made a bootable Debian Wheezy 7.4 drive yesterday using UNETBOOTIN and started the installation, everything seemed normal except for the missing option to choose from GUI or Console installation, but that was not important so I ignored it. I started partitioning the drive with Encrypted LVM, which is INCREDIBLY SLOW by the way, so I left it and approximately 15 hours later I noticed that it finally finished, so I pressed “Go ahead” and got the

“No Installable kernel was found in the defined APT source”

What the hell guys 15 hours for this?

Anyway I started digging around and found that UNETBOOTIN is not great with debian(and Ubuntu sometimes by the way) it might be related to the fact that I`m always manually loading the iso, or something completely unrelated, but nevermind that.

I decided to use Win32DiskImager instead and guess what….it actually works!

So here is a step by step tutorial about how to create a bootable Debian/Linux USB Flash Drive in Windows

Step 1. Rename your iso extension to .img

For example if your iso is named “debian.iso” rename it to “debian.img”

Step 2. Load it in the Win32DiskImager

Step 3. Choose the device

Step 4. Press “Write”

And that is it….