Create a Boot Repair Live USB disk drive in Linux

Boot Repair Live USB drive

Boot-Repair utility is a free & open source utility that let’s you fix and recover GRUB bootloader. It can reinstate those accidently lost operating systems for you. Earlier we published a detailed post on the utility, and how to install it on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and elementary OS.

Boot Repair Live USB drive

Now, we shall see more options to use Boot Repair. You can run it in two ways:

  1. First method is to install it in your PC that was already published.
  2. Secondly, you can make a bootable Boot Repair Live USB drive.

In this article, we shall look into option 2 on creating a bootable Boot Repair Live USB flash drive. I recommend to create a disk and keep one readily available just in case you have it when you need it the most. You never know when disaster strikes.

There is more to it than just a Boot Repair. The live USB desktop comes loaded with not just the Boot-Repair utility, but also other handy utilities like GParted which is a great tool for managing and partitioning hard disks, OS Uninstaller, Synaptic Package Manager, Firefox web browser, LX Terminal, and File Manager. It’s a customized version of Lubuntu OS running in your USB flash drive! Since there is Synaptic Package Manager, you also open to those thousands of other utilities.

Create a Bootable Boot-Repair USB disk drive in Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and elementary OS

STEP 1: Plugin a blank USB flash drive of at least 1 GB capacity to the PC.

STEP 2: Download Boot Repair ISO image.

Download Boot Repair ISO image (64-bit) Download Boot Repair ISO image (32-bit)

STEP 3: I recommend to use ‘GNOME Disks’ utility to write the bootable image to the USB flash drive. Ubuntu and Linux Mint ships with this utility pre-installed. Elementary OS users first need to enable PPA and then use the following commands in terminal to install the gnome-disks utility.

sudo apt-get install gnome-disk-utility

STEP 4: After installation is complete, right-click on the downloaded boot-repair-disk-64bit.iso file and select ‘Open With’ > ‘Disk Image Writer’.

GNOME-Disks Write Image
GNOME-Disks Write Image

STEP 5: Make sure to select the USB flash drive in the ‘Destination’.

Select USB drive in the Destination field
Select USB drive in the Destination field

STEP 6: Click ‘Start Restoring…’ and wait for process to finish.

Your Boot Repair Live USB flash drive should be ready!

Boot-Repair USB Flash Drive is Ready!
Boot-Repair USB Flash Drive is Ready!

You can simply plugin this USB flash drive to your computer at startup and boot into it. You will have to enable UEFI mode in BIOS settings. You will have to search in your computer manufacturer website to know how to boot into BIOS and enable the UEFI mode.

Once you boot into the flash drive, you should be taken to the Boot Repair live desktop where you can fix your GRUB 2 boot problems. It basically reinstalls GRUB bootloader.

Boot-Repair Live USB Desktop
Boot-Repair Live USB Desktop

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