Create Bootable Multiboot USB Flash Drive with YUMI
For a long time the Optical driver was the only way to install or configure operating systems, But once the USB Flash Drive is appears in our life it has become the most used and almost the replacement for the Optical drive because the USBs are easily transported, easily shared and versatile as well as now coming with massive storage.
Installing a new operating system from USB is a quick and almost limited to a single operating system, but why limit your USB to a single operating system? There are now several excellent multiboot USB tools you can use to turn your humble USB into a pocket-sized different operating systems repository. The only thing that’ll hold you back is the size of your USB Flash Drive.
One of these excellent multiboot USB tools is YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer), It’s the most powerful and effective tool i have ever used to make multiboot, I mean extra multiboot and it’s totally free.
What is YUMI Multiboot
YUMI is an extremely well known as multiboot USB tool.
It can be used to install a wide-range of Linux operating systems, system tools, antivirus utilities, boot CDs, disc cloning, diagnostic tools and Windows operating systems installation packages and more to a single USB.
Once you start YUMI, the tool will ask you to Select a distribution to put onto [your drive letter]. Scroll through the drop down menu choose desired distribution you’re looking for.
- Make Multiboot bootable USB.
- Make “LIVE Linux” Operating Systems and tools from USB.
- Make “Windows To Go” which lets you boot windows operating system directly from USB drive.
- Downloads for Linux distros and antivirus rescue kits.
- Working on Windows Vista/7/8/10, Linux and Mac OS with (WINE).
- Easy to use.
How to use YUMI
To Make Multiboot USB with YUMI (Windows)
- Run “YUMI-2.0.5.x.exe” and click “I Agree”.
- Select the Drive Letter of your USB Device.
- Select a distribution to put onto [your drive letter].
- Choose your desired distribution.
- Browse and select your iso file depending on your previous distribution choice.
- Mark on desired fiel system format NTFS or FAT32 (In most cases FAT32 is recommended).
- Click on “Create”.
- When done, Run the tool again to Add More ISOs / Distributions to the same USB Drive.
- Restart your PC and set it to boot from the USB device.
- Select a distribution you want to Boot from the Menu and enjoy.
To create a YUMI MultiBoot USB Flash Drive (Linux)
The following instructions were performed from an Ubuntu 16.04 host environment.
NOTE: YUMI persistence option is currently broken when using YUMI-22.214.171.124.exe within WINE. Don’t choose persistence and set the slider or the process will freeze while trying to build the persistent file and you will be forced to close YUMI.
Important YUMI UEFI info: You’ll need to disable secure boot (if it’s enabled). Also note that 32bit UEFI firmware does not work yet.
1. Format your USB Flash Drive to use a Single Partition:
- Open a terminal and type
fdisk -l(and note which device is your USB Drive)
fdisk /dev/sdx(replacing x with your actual usb device)
d(to delete the existing partition)
n(to create a new partition)
p(for primary partition)
1(to create the first partition)
Press Enter(to use the first cylinder)
Press Enteragain (to use the default value as the last cylinder)
1(to mark the first partition active “bootable”)
t(for partition type)
c(to use fat32 partition)
w(to write the changes and close fdisk)
2. Create a Fat32 Filesystem on the USB Flash Drive:
umount /dev/sdx1(to unmount the mounted partition)
mkfs.vfat -F 32 -n MULTIBOOT /dev/sdx1(to format the partition as fat32)
- Remove and reinsert your USB flash drive, or remount it.
3. Install WINE:
- To install WINE from within an Ubuntu operating environment, open a terminal and type sudo apt install wine and press enter. Once WINE is installed, launch YUMI as you normally would by simply clicking the YUMI-126.96.36.199.exe