bootable USB drive for ISO's


Getting comfortable
Apr 15, 2021
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This one is definitely for the geek audience...

Typically, creating a bootable USB drive from an ISO makes it a one trick pony. The USB has only the single program on it.

Recently stumbled across this software, so far it looks promising. Ventoy is an open source tool to create bootable USB drive for ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files. Once you set-up ventoy on the USB drive, simply copy the ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files, as is, to the USB drive. It boots to a menu showing all the files currently on the drive, select which one to use and then do the deed.

I set up a 32 GB thumb drive and I have several ISO files copied to it (so far)... (Hiren's boot CD, windows 10 (20H2), system rescue, clonezilla). When a new version of any given ISO is released, simply copy the new ISO (if there is space avail) or replace the previous version. Less USB drives to keep track of, eliminating most all time spent creating 'yet another' bootable USB drive for new program(s) or updating versions.

Simple program that brings a great convenience IMHO