Is there a program(s) that would allow me to install Ubuntu Server directly to a USB flash drive instead of to the HDD of the computer from which I'm booting?
Answer by Zbob750 · Jan 05, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Whenever I've needed to quickly install a Linux OS to a flash drive I've always used an open-source program called UNetbootin. It's fast, it's quick, and it's free. Personally that's a huge win for me. It's also great if you have to install Linux distros to multiple drives in a short amount of time.
Try it out, if you get confused there are great instructions on how to use it spread all around the web.
As @ryebread761 asks Are you trying to make a bootable USB drive or do you want run it exactly as a usual OS with all the info stored on the USB drive?
Answer by Cameron · Jan 06, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Used it for years and it's reccomended by Ubuntu themselves. http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/#button
Answer by Cube · Jan 06, 2013 at 01:48 PM
As I have discovered, there are two ways to accomplish this. The first way would require me to have 2 USB flash drives, one with the Ubuntu Server 12.04 installer, and the other just blank for the actual install. Seeing as that I only have one USB, the second way would use VMWare. By using VMWare I would set up a virtual machine that uses the Ubuntu ISO and connect my USB so that when it asks me what drive to install it to than I can install it directly to my flash drive instead of the virtual machine, then power off the virtual machine and the physical machine and boot it from my USB flash drive.