There are several software or applications, which can be used to create bootable USB flash drives, but they don’t provide the multiboot option. A handful of software or applications provides this feature. Yumi is one such application, with which you can create a multiboot USB flash drive very easily.
Creating a multiboot bootable USB flash drive with YUMI is too simple and easy. This is not rocket science or you don’t have to be a hardware professional. If you have little knowledge about computers and their uses, then you can easily learn to do so.
There is a saying that practice makes a man perfect. Thus the hardware professionals, who are used to all these activities daily, can perform these tasks more comfortably. But if you are not a hardware professional and are not used to all these, then you can learn about it and do it on your own. Booting your PC from a USB flash drive and installing or repairing any operating system doesn’t require too much knowledge. And in the era of CLI (Command Line Interface), the user has to keep knowledge about the commands to perform the task. But presently CLI is a history, GUI (Graphical User Interface) has taken over. So, you don’t have to take any more tension regarding the commands and their applications.
How multiboot USB flash drive is created using YUMI?
For the creation of a multiboot USB flash drive using YUMI, you first need to download the software file from its official page. Note that the application is created to run on a Windows environment only. However, you can create Linux bootable flash drive with YUMI, along with other operating systems.
The most interesting fact is that if you are a tech guy and have to handle different systems regularly, and you might not be knowing, which type of OS you have to install or repair next. And it’s not possible to create a new bootable USB flash drive every time. Creating a single OS bootable thumb drive may work for your personal use.
The software is completely free of cost and requires no installation. After downloading the file, just run the application and create the bootable drive. YUMI is said to be the successor of Universal USB Installer.
Before using any thumb drive for the creation of a bootable drive, don’t forget to backup the contents. Because while creating the bootable drive, YUMI will format the drive.
There are three steps that you need to fill. In the first field, you need to specify the thumb drive, which you want to use for the creation of a bootable drive. In the second field, you need to select the OS distribution, which you want to keep in your thumb drive. And in the third field, you have to browse the ISO image file of the respective operating system, which you have selected in the second field. And then click on the Create button.
After the first operating system is copied and a bootable drive is created, YUMI will ask to add more ISOs/Distros. If you want to add more OS, click on the Yes button and the same window will appear on your screen. Repeat the same steps as before.
YUMI will not load all the operating systems at a time, it will add one after another. When you have successfully added your desired operating systems, into the bootable drive. Click on the No button on the further adding OS window. YUMI will then intimate you that the task is successfully created.
How to test the multiboot option created by YUMI?
We had tested YUMI multiboot USB creator tool with two types of operating systems. One is Ubuntu (Linux distro) and the other is Windows 7. And it worked file with these types of operating systems. However, if you want to add more, you can easily do so, with YUMI.
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Things you must remember while creating a multiboot USB flash drive with YUMI
If the secure boot option is present in your BIOS menu, you need to disable it. Otherwise, YUMI multiboot option will not work.
In case your computer supports BIOS booting, then you can use YUMI Legacy and your USB drive must be NTFS/Fat32 formatted. However NTFS formatting will not work with every distribution but in case of storing or transferring a bigger file size above 4GB, NTFS is essential. Most modern motherboards use Legacy BIOS firmware. YUMI UEFI must use Fat32 format.
Before formatting the flash drive, it is always advised to backup the data store in it.
Thus for the creation of a multiboot USB flash drive, YUMI is really an excellent tool. Mostly for the professionals, it will work the most. Because every time you need not have to create separate bootable flash drives for installing different operating systems. And for personal use also, you can create a multiboot USB flash drive, to install or repair different OS as per your need and also to use it for helping your friends or colleagues, on their need.
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