Fedora Live ISO images allow you to make bootable CDs and DVDs from scratch. But did you know they can also be used to make bootable USB sticks as well? And did you further know, you can do this directly from the desktop?

This is because these ISO files made by the Fedora crew are hybrid style images. That allows them to be booted from different kinds of devices. Other distributions offer hybrid live images as well. Check with your distribution vendor or support community for details on their ISO images.

This screencast shows how you can use the GNOME Disks tool directly from your desktop to turn a Fedora Live ISO image into a bootable USB stick:

Here’s a basic breakdown of the steps:

  1. Open the GNOME DIsks tool.
  2. Insert your USB stick into the computer. If necessary, copy or move any files from the stick you want to keep as backups. This operation will destroy them!
  3. Select the USB stick in Disks, usually called “Generic Flash Disk.”
  4. Unmount the stick using the “Stop” button.
  5. Use the advanced tools at the top of Disks, which looks like a gear icon, to launch “Restore disk image.”
  6. Select your ISO image file, and verify again that you are about to write to your USB stick device (and not your hard disk or some other device!).
  7. Confirm, and if necessary, provide your password.
  8. When the operation is complete, you can eject the stick and then boot a computer from it. Now you can run the Live image without having to install it to your hard disk.