In this tutorial, learn how to create bootable USB media that uses ISO images.
When you want to make a bootable USB device, you may use applications such as Rufus for that or tools provided by the developers of operating systems. What these tools do, basically, is to extract an ISO image to the USB device and create the device bootable in the process.
Ventoy is a new software application for Windows and Linux that does things a bit differently. With ventoy, you don’t need to format the disk over and over, you just need to copy the ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files to the USB drive and boot them directly. You can copy many files at a time and ventoy will give you a boot menu to select them.
Main Features of Ventoy:
– Fast (limited only by the speed of copying iso file).
– Directly boot from an ISO file, no extraction needed.
– Legacy + UEFI supported in the same way.
– ISO files larger than 4GB supported.
– Native boot menu style for Legacy & UEFI.
– Most types of OS supported, 160+ iso files tested.
– Not only boot but also complete the installation process.
– “Ventoy Compatible” concept.
– Plugin Framework.
– Read-only to USB drive during boot.
– Normal USB use unaffected.
How to create a multi-boot USB flash drive using Ventoy
1. First, visit this source to download Ventoy.
2. Extract/Unzip Ventoy files to a separate folder.
3. Make sure to plug in a empty USB flash drive into the PC and then run the Ventoy2Disk tool.
4. The tool will automatically detect any USB flash drives on the local computer and display it below the Device.
5. Click Install. This will format the USB drive and delete any data on it.
Notes: Ventoy will create two partitions on the USB storage device. One partition is for storing the ISO files while the other partition be used for booting from the USB.
6. Once the USB is ready, all you need to do is copy and paste your ISO images into the USB flash drive. According to the creators of Ventoy, more than 610 ISO images have been tested.
7. After copying the required image(s), keep the USB plugged in and restart your system.
8. When powering on the PC, hold the boot key on your keyboard and select USB from the boot menu.
The screen will then show a list of the ISOs present on the USB, from which you may choose to boot from and continue with the installation.