Creating a bootable USB disk comes handy when we have to reinstall our operating system in the case of a system failure. It’s very easy to put ISO files on portable flash drives by using various tools–like Windows USB/DVD tool and the Startup Disk Creator in Ubuntu.
Now, there are many OS available in the market, either free or paid. Each having its multiple versions and features. You can’t waste a flash drive for each of them. It would be great if you put all the ISO files on one flash drive and take the advantage of installing multiple operating systems through a multiboot USB media.
The process to create a multiboot USB disk is quite simple. For Windows OS, these multiboot USB disks can be created using a popular tool known as WinSetupFromUSB. It allows you put multiple ISOs in one installation disk. You can put Windows and Linux in a same bootable disk or create a master installation disk of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. The choice is up to you.
How to install an ISO file of any operating system on a USB stick
- Download WinSetupFromUSB and extract the software on your PC/laptop.
- Connect your USB stick to your PC/laptop.
- Open WinSetupFromUSB. Open the 32-bit and 64-bit version according to your OS.
- Select your USB stick from the drop down menu. If the software doesn’t recognise your pen drive, press refresh.
- Tick Auto format it with FBinst. Remember you have to choose this option only during the first ISO installation.
- Now click on Advanced options and select Custom menu names for Vista/7/8/Server Source checkbox. Click the Cross (X) button to exit Advanced Options.
- Now come back to the main screen of the App and select the checkbox of the OS you want to install on your USB stick. Note: If the size of your ISO is larger than 4 Gb, it will show a message to split the file into parts. This is because you’ve chosen the FAT32 option. Click OK.
- Press GO. That’s it. The software will now format your pen drive and install the ISO that you have selected.
How to install second bootable ISO file of any operating system on that same USB pen drive
- Start the WinSetupFromUSB tool again.
- Select your flash drive in the drop down menu.
- Click Advanced Options and look for Custom menu names for Vista/7/8/10/Server Source.
- During second ISO installation, kindly uncheck Auto format with FBinst. Enabling this will remove your previous ISO file.
- Add the ISO file.
- Click GO and follow the same process.
- Follow the same process to add more ISO files.
This method will help you create a multiboot USB flash drive which allows you to choose between multiple operating systems you desire. Remember there are many tools you can use to create such multiboot USB drives.