Ventoy: How to Create a Multiboot USB Drive with Multiple ISO Files

When we want to test or install a Linux distribution, most of us create a Live USB. Ventoy puts an end to that.

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Ventoy: How to Create a Multiboot USB Drive with Multiple ISO Files

With Ventoy, you don’t need to format the USB drive for each new installation, you just need to copy the ISO file to the USB drive and boot it.

Whenever you want to try a new Linux distribution, you download the ISO image from the distributions website and write this to your USB flash drive using the dd command or with the help of some other tool, such as Balena Etcher.

But now there is a software tool called Ventoy that changes all that.

Ventoy is an open source tool for creating bootable USB drives. It can be used to create a bootable and permanent drive that can even contain more than one distribution at a time. The USB drive does not need to be formatted and you can copy as many ISO files as you want. Ventoy will give you a boot menu to select them.

In addition, Ventoy provides Legacy and UEFI Secure Boot support, supports ISO files larger than 4GB, and can be updated without reformatting the USB device.

How to Create Bootable USB Drive with Ventoy

Launch the Ventoy app. If you haven’t already you need to connect your USB stick to your computer. If it’s not showing up in the device box, click the Refresh button.

You can see that we’ve got a 16 GB Kingston USB stick. So plenty of room for multiple operating systems. With that selected click on Install.

Install Ventoy on USB Drive

So be aware that this will wipe any existing data on the flash drive. Make sure you don’t have any important data in it and click OK to proceed. Ventoy will ask you 2 times to confirm step, so just click OK again.

Wipe Data on the Flash Drive

And that’s it. We’ve successfully set up our USB stick. Click on the OK button to close the message. You can also close the application by clicking the Close button on the title bar.

The Application Has Been Successfully Instaled

If you open up File manager you can see that the USB stick now shows up as Ventoy. This will be the drive that you copy and paste your ISO files onto.

Finally copy and paste all ISO file(s) in your USB drive.

Copy the ISO files into Ventoy USB Drive

Now your Ventoy bootable USB drive is ready to use. Boot your system with newly created bootable USB drive. The images will then be listed on your boot menu and you will choose the one that you wish to use.

Ventoy Boot Menu

Select the OS that you wish to install then proceed with the installation.

Conclusion

Now you know how to create a multiboot USB drive by using the Ventoy tool. This helps to use a single USB for multiple operating system installations. Now you are ready to boot up multiple Linux or Windows installations from a single USB drive.

For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Ventoy’s website.

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4 Comments

  1. It installed correctly and I was able to copy some .ISO’s to it but when I select a distro to boot into all I get is a black screen and I have to reboot.

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