Ubuntu – How to install Ubuntu without CD


My CD drive is broken,so I can't install Ubuntu from a CD.

Are there any workarounds for that?

Best Answer

There are several options for installing without a CD drive.


If you have Windows installed already, you can use Wubi. Wubi installs Ubuntu as an application inside Windows.

USB Flash Drive

Alternatively, you can also install Ubuntu from a USB disc. You'll need a USB flash drive, and Ubuntu live CD ISO, and a program to transfer it to the flash drive.

Making a USB startup drive

If you have Ubuntu installed, you can use the Ubuntu USB Creator, which is in the System > Administration menu.

If you only have Windows installed, you can use Unetbootin to do the same job.

Booting the drive

Once you have a bootable USB drive, you simply have to plug it in and during bootup specify it as the boot device. There are instructions on the Ubuntu wiki On how to boot from a USB drive. Once it's booted, it acts just like a live CD.