Multiboot USB Creator Apps For Linux And Windows Users

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This article will be showing you 5 applications you can use to create a multiboot USB. All of them can write multiple Linux distribution ISOs to USB flash drive and most of them can even write both Windows and Linux ISOs into the same USB flash drive. These 5 apps are:

  1. SARDU MultiBoot USB and DVD Creator
  2. MultiBootUSB
  3. MultiSystem
  4. YUMI (Your Universal MultBoot Installer)
  5. WinSetupFromUSB

If you have created a bootable Multiboot USB USB with another tool, it’s recommended that you reformat the USB flash drive with FAT32 or NTFS file system before you use the tools mentioned in this article.

Best Multiboot USB Apps:

1. SARDU For Multiboot USB

SARDU software that can be used to create multiboot USB and DVD.

Pros of SARDU:

  • Runs on Linux and Windows.
  • Can create a Bootable Multiboot USB USB containing both Linux and Windows ISO images (Windows 7, 8 and 10)
  • A multitude of ISO images of Multiboot USB for you to select and download directly from the SARDU application.
  • You can add additional ISO images to your Multiboot USB without destroying previous ISO images in the USB flash drive.
  • This Multiboot USB app Supports persistent files for Linux distributions

Cons:

  • The Linux version of SARDU doesn’t support Windows ISOs. To add Windows ISO image to your bootable USB flash drive, you need to use the Windows version of SARDU.
  • The persistent file function can cause the program to become unresponsive when using the Linux version. The Windows version works perfectly fine.

Once downloaded, open your file manager and go to the downloads directory. Extract the gzip archive. Go to the extracted directory and double click the SARDU_3 binary. The SARDU software will start. First, agree to the license. Then it will tell you to register an account. Registered users can download updated ISOs from the SARDU database. If you prefer to use your own downloaded ISO files, then choose No.

 

2. MultiBootUSB

MultiBootUSB is an advanced cross-platform application for installing/uninstalling Linux operating systems on to a single USB flash drives.

MultiBootUSB Pros:

  • Runs on Linux and Windows.
  • Free and Open Source. Released under General Public Licence (GPL).
  • You can add additional ISO images to your USB without destroying previous ISO images in the USB flash drive.
  • You can remove an ISO image from your bootable USB flash drive.
  • Syslinux is used as the default boot loader for making your USB Flash Drive bootable, can also chain load to GRUB2 if UEFI firmware is used.

Cons:

  • You need to write ISO images to your USB flash drive one by one.
  • It doesn’t support writing Windows ISO image to USB flash drive.

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3 MultiSystem

MultiSystem is a Linux-only application that allows you to create a multiboot Linux live USB.

MultiSystem Pros

  • A multitude of ISO images for you to select and download directly from the application.
  • Supports persistent files
  • Can create a bootable USB containing both Linux and Windows ISO images.
  • Test your live USB in QEMU or VirtualBox

Cons:

  • Only works in Debian and Ubuntu-based Linux distros.
  • You need to write ISO images to your USB flash drive one by one.
  • The Linux distro ISO images written to the USB flash drive can’t be booted in UEFI mode, you need to enable legacy BIOS support in order to boot them.

4 YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer)

YUMI can be used to create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more.

YUMI Pros:

  • Supports both BIOS and UEFI firmware.
  • Can create a Bootable Multiboot USB USB containing both Linux and Windows ISO images (Windows 7, 8 and 10)
  • A multitude of ISO images for you to select and download directly from the application.
  • You can add additional ISO images to your USB without destroying previous ISO images in the USB flash drive.
  • Supports persistent files for Linux distributions.
  • You can remove an ISO from USB flash drive.

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Cons:

  • There’s no Linux version, although you can try running YUMI on Linux through WINE.

5 WinSetupFromUSB

WinSetupFromUSB is a Windows program that can create a multiboot USB flash drive to install any Windows versions since 2000/XP, boot various Linux, and *BSD flavors.

WinSetupFromUSB Pros:

  • Supports both BIOS and UEFI firmware.
  • Can create a Bootable Multiboot USB USB containing both Linux and Windows ISO images (Windows 7, 8 and 10)
  • You can add additional ISO images to your USB without destroying previous ISO images in the USB flash drive.
  • Supports persistent mode
  • Test your live USB in QEMU.

Cons:

  • There’s no Linux version, although you can try running WinSetupFromUSB on Linux through WINE.

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End Verdict:

These apps will help you to create a Multiboot USB with ease and in less time. Following this tutorial will help you to create a Multiboot USB flash drive.

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