Creating a bootable USB drive is fairly easy. However, with most programs currently available, you can only add one ISO file. With YUMI or Your Universal Multiboot Installer, you can create multiple bootable ISOs on a USB flash drive. Therefore, this will allow you to load several Linux distros on a single drive for testing.
Moreover, you can also load anti-virus utilities, recovery software, diagnostic tools, and other bootable software. Hence, you can use this to recover your system or clone a disk as well. Fortunately, YUMI is an easy tool to use and gets the job done quickly. Moreover, if you’re looking for a Linux distro, check out the top 5 Linux distros you must use. You can use YUMI to extract all 5 distros ISOs and test them without installing them on your PC. So if that sounds interesting, follow the guide below to create multiple bootable ISO files with YUMI.
How to use YUMI to create multiple bootable ISO files
Download YUMI by clicking on the link here. There are two versions of YUMI to download — the legacy YUMI tool and YUMI UEFI. It’s worth noting that the UEFI version uses GRUB2 for both UEFI and BIOS booting. And only supports Fat32 format to boot. However, the BIOS mode can work even with a USB drive that is NTFS formatted. So download the version based on your BIOS settings. Of course, it would be a bonus if you know how to change the BIOS settings.
Note: Backup the files on your USB drive before beginning the process. YUMI will erase and format the flash drive.
- Plug in your USB drive to your PC (preferably with more than 16GB storage).
- Launch the YUMI.exe program on your Windows PC.
- Click on I Agree to enter the application.
- The first step is to select the USB drive. Simply click on the drop-down menu and select your USB drive. Make sure to select the correct flash drive to prevent data loss.
- In step 2, select the tool or OS you want to add to the USB drive. We have used the Manjaro Linux distribution here.
- At the third step, click on Browse and navigate to the directory of the ISO file and then select the file.
- Once you’ve selected the correct ISO file, tap on Create.
- Wait for the tool to extract the ISO file and then click on add more to add another ISO file.
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After the process is finished, click on Done and exit YUMI. That’s it. You can now boot from your USB drive with the Linux distributions or system tools you selected. An important thing to remember is to disable Secure Boot if you used the YUMI UEFI version. Moreover, the UEFI version isn’t backward compatible with the standard YUMI application. Nonetheless, if you followed the steps above, you should not face any issues during the process.
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