I made an install drive for Elementary OS (elementaryos-5.1-stable.20200814.iso), but when I restarted my pc, I couldn't select it as an option. I was unable to get it to show using F1 and F12 keys either.

I got a suggestion to wipe the usb drive and put Elementary OS back on it, but I'm unable to delete the files on the USB, which is a brand new san disk 32 gb w/nothing else on it.

Other context

  • using the latest version of KDE Neon User Edition
  • on a Lenovo Ideapad 3
  • am trying to switch to Elementary OS
  • I'm very new to linux and any help is greatly appreciate!

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All I had to do was restart. And then hit F12 BEFORE the GRUB menu showed up, in order to get my bootable drive to show up.


The Internet is full of guides and tools for creating bootable USB drives. You could give Ventoy a try and see how it goes :) https://www.ventoy.net/en/index.html Good luck!

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