Create Bootable USB Pen Drive With Multiple Boot OS or Boot Images

by Rohit Khurana on December 3, 2011


It has now become a very common practice for most of the IT professionals to carry a bootable USB which contains recovery software, Anti-virus scanners, Bootable Linux, etc., in order to make use of at the time of crisis. But here the main problem is that they need multiple USB drives for each of these images, otherwise it is not possible to make use of all these software. It really becomes very useful to have such an USB drive filled with above mentioned self-booting troubleshooting tools. But as said it is difficult, if you want to add more than one tool to a drive and for that you need to have multiple USB. So for such scenarios, we introduce a small utility which helps in such cases.


image – Yumi

YUMI is basically a small, easy to use, useful and a freely available tool which acts as a multiboot USB creator. This software has been specially developed for Windows and it offers the users to add multiple Linux distributions and utilities to an USB device, which can further be used for installation purpose in different systems. Along with the above features, one of the best thing about this utility is that, the program adds a boot menu to the device so that users are always able to select what they want to run next on their computer and what they want to ignore.


You can simply download this utility from the link given below and when you first download and run YUMI, you will have to pick an USB drive letter from the list of available devices connected to your computer. You may observe that all other options are not visible at all until this selection of drive is done. You may view the complete list of all devices by enabling Show All Drives which is present as one of the option in the interface. This can prove to be useful in the cases where USB device is not detected automatically by the computer and hence by the software.

After selecting the USB device on which you want to store the tools, you can start selecting individual tools from the now populated list shown with the tool. You may see that all the Linux distributions are displayed at the top, followed by a tools selection among which you may select according to the needs and requirements.

In order to add a tool or distribution to the utility you need to select it first. After selecting the tool, you can see the option for downloading the ISO from the developer site or simply selecting it from a local storage device present in the system itself.

One important fact which must be noted here is that you can only add one distribution or tool to the USB device at a time. Although, you can add many tools and distribution but as said you need to repeat the process for every individual tool or Linux distribution that you want to add. You then need to boot your computer from the USB device to run the tools before the operating system loads, so that they may be installed in the system accordingly.

Download YUMI

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Aatif Sumar December 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Does this only apply for Linux installs? Theoreticaly, can I buy a 16 GB pendrive and have WinXP, Win7 and Ubuntu boot images on it at once?

abdulsalam,k.m December 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm

ds is great.d info is priceless.keep the good work.

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