If you are looking for a free application for Windows that will allow you to save a crapload of blank DVD’s and CD’s when your trying to simply boot an ISO just to recover your files in Linux, or anything you can do with an ISO, Yumi is here for you. I found it on Google when I was trying to find a program that specifically does what this program does. But you can not only put one ISO on it, but multiple on it. The ISO’s can be anything that is already bootable when burned onto a disc. Say of course an operating system, antivirus utility, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and even more. Yumi users it’s own syslinux to boot from distros that are stored on USB devices, and it reverts back to using grub in booting multiple ISO files from USB, if you want.
Besides a few distributions, all the files that are stored within the Multiboot folder, makes it organized nicely so that Multiboot Drive can be still used for other purposes of storage.
This is how you create a Yumi Multiboot MultiSystem USB flash drive:
Yumi works alot like a universal USB installer, though its usable to install more than just one distribution to run from USB. Distributions can also be uninstalled using this same handy tool.
The Main Yumi Multiboot Menu:
Yumi-0.0.3.4.exe – November 10th, 2011 – View Changelog
The size limit was reduced for Windows ISO’s, this was updated to support newer Fedora 16 Distros.
Download the program here.
Create a MultiBoot USB Flash Drive:
1. Launch Yumi-0.0.3.4.exe with the following onscreen instructions.
2. Launch the tool again to Add More ISO’s/Distros to your USB drive.
3. Restart your PC to boot from a USB stick.
4. Choose a distro that you want to boot from and watch the boot speed fly away!.
That’s all you need to do, and you should now be booting directly off of your favourite distro with your own custom Multi-Boot USB stick.
How this all works: Yumi which stands for “Your Universal Multiboot Installer”, allows users to make their own customized Multiboot UFD that contains only the distros that they want, which is in order of which they were installed. A newer distribution can be included to the UFD everytime you use the tool, or EXE.
If you allow the YUMI program to run within the same location of your kept ISO downloads, they will be automatically detected (*See The Known Problems Directly Below), which destroys the hassle of having to browse for a new ISO each time.
Something VERY IMPORTANT: Windows 7 or Vista Installer will cause Ubuntu or any other remix that is based off of Ubuntu (I.E. Linux Mint) to stop in the middle of a boot, A very quick fix is to rename the Windows SOURCES file temporarily, which is found at the root of the device initially.
Other Things To Add: If MultibootISO’s were used previously, you must start over by reformatting the drive. The Syslinux code that Yumi uses, chainloads to grub only if absolutely necessary, so it is not capable of working with the older Multiboot ISO’s tool. Though there is plans to include the options of MultibootISO’s as time permits, of course.
The uninstaller distro works pretty well, though unlisted ISO’s that are moved onto the drive, currently, must be removed manually.