You can use GParted
Install it by entering the following command in the terminal:
sudo apt-get install gparted
Here is a tutorial for formatting your USB flash drive :
How to Format a USB Drive in Ubuntu Using GParted
Select the USB drive from the top write drop-down menu.
Right click the drive and select format, then check Apply
Lack of stability or system performance: Once configured, I don't think so (never experienced some, from OpenSuse in the early days till Arch, Kali and Mint today), except the slower speed while booting and installing because of the usb stick. The company could see it if the boot parameters are changed in the bios, but there could be other ways. Nevertheless,...
elementary OS does not officially support being used as a persistent live USB. However, the following method can be tried at your own risk:
It is possible to use third-party software to have your settings stored in the live USB. Any changes you make to the system—for example, saving a file to your desktop, changing the settings in an application, or ...
I think there's nothing wrong with elementary OS, the problem is with your Virtual Box instead. I am guessing your USB (not supported one) is USB 3 and the other one (old one) is USB 2. And you may don't have virtual box extension pack installed.
What is abnormal to me is, you are supposed to get some error if you haven't installed that when you created the ...
Unfortunately elementary OS doesn't povide an UI to change this kind of options directly.
You need to install and run dconf-editor from the official repositories, navigate to org -> gnome -> desktop -> media-handling. Disable the options automount-open and automount, that should do the trick.
I have a booteable usb with elementary OS, and it's fast, light and with no issues.
I recommend installing it on a single partition / without swap. The swap partition requires so many hits per use, which eventually damaging the USB in a short period of time, and slows down the performance, since the usb access speed is less than a hard drive or ssd.
WinUSB can do that. It is a bit buggy but it gets the job done.
UNetBootin used to be able to do it too, but I'm not sure if it still works.
If both these options don't work, you could install a Windows virtual machine and create the ISO from there. Microsoft profides free Windows VM ISO's for 90 days.
Try creating your bootable media with the app Etcher (https://etcher.io/). It has been the only app I have used where the bootable media is recognized in all the hardware I have used it with. Good luck.
I can't speak of experience for a real pendrive. However, I have installed elementaryOS just a week ago on an external hard drive. I have to say that it works like charm for the moment. In contrary to a persistent live os which I never made succesfully. But that might be a case of not trying hard enough.
Three things come to mind:
When installing eOS, I ...
The elementary OS installation instructions are available here.
I recommend using Balena Etcher to flash the ISO on to the USB.
When you go to boot from the USB, you'll need to press and hold the left Option key after the startup chime.
A menu will appear with attached disks to boot from.
Select the USB drive to boot the elementary OS installer.
Fixed it. I found a bug reported on launchpad that described my problem, it is apparently due to the installer (ubiquity) trying to open a file that it needs super user permissions for. The work around is to run the installer under sudo.
To do this I selected "Try elementary without installing". Once booted there is a shortcut with the title "Install ...
I highly recommend you learn a lot more about PC and OS's before you install a Linux distro, but here's a quick premier:
A PC is the actual physical laptop/desktop
An OS is the software layer that coordinates all your hardware in order to run applications (like Word, or Google Chrome)
Windows 7/8/10 is an OS, Elementary OS is also an OS
I have seen this issue pop up a few times when trying to copy items to a USB stick in elementary OS. To solve it, I just make sure I am properly unmounting the USB key before removing it.
To unmount the drive in elementary OS please do the following:
Open up the Files app
Find your drive in the Devices section in the left hand menus of the Files app.
You can install elementary OS from an usb drive to another one, or from cd/dvd to usb.
You must take care making partitions. I recommend you to make two partitions:
A "root" (/ ) partition to install the OS
A "home" (/home) partition to persistence.
Avoid a swap partition, in order to preserve usbdrive life.
Choose your usb drive to install Grub.
Yes, removable media is getting auto mounted. Contrary to other OS the file manager won't popup if you insert a media. Apparently there is no option to set the default action for audio CDs or DVDs, like open them in VLC or sth.
I managed to do it by forcing UEFI in the bios. This starts a different menu early where you I could choose "Try elementary os" and that worked fine.
The exact option in the bios is:
UEFI/Legacy Boot Priority : [UEFI First]
(got other big grub problems after but that's another story)
Edited: I am pretty sure that you have it sorted out now. However, just in case...FYI My issue was sorted out with some help from @Jorge R Marin as you can see in the following link.
TLP Power Management disables USB devices in my ASUS UX305 ultrabook. Needs restart!
Before Edit:Has your problem been solved. I am facing the same issue! This is in addition ...
I'm not exactly sure what could be the issue, but try the following:
The crash doesn't allow you to do anything ? Can you access the terminal by clicking Ctrl+Alt+F1 ?
I think it might be related to your Graphic Card, but it's too early to say. Trying 1) will give a hint, and you might try to see if your WiFi or LAN is connected. If so, you might be able to ...
You can't install elementary OS (and any linux OS) in the same USB drive you boot the system.
You can install from DVD to USB or from USB to another USB.
If you want to create a bootable persistent USB drive with elementary OS, you can see the next entry in my blog:
Apuntes sobre elementary OS
For more information, you can visit:
HiDPI displays (like the one in your retina Macbook) aren't yet supported by elementary OS. You won't have a good time trying to install on this hardware. As you've noticed, the installer especially doesn't really behave properly here.
The possible fixes:
Check Boot order
Disable ACPI from BIOS
Change the port for the USB_stick connection
When elemenary is booting from live usb hit Del/F10 then choose F6 (Other Options).
then check acpi=off & nodmraid.