How can I run multiple operating systems from a single USB?

Dado February 28, 2013

I have a USB stick of 32GB capacity.
I have multiple ISOs, Windows XP SP3, Windows 7 32bit, Windows 7 64bit, Clonezilla, Backtrack, LinuxMint.

I want to put them all on this USB so I can boot any chosen OS/ISO from it, and them install it to local hard drive.

How do i do that?


  1. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    March 3, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I've had successes so far with YUMI. Personally I prefer Unetbootin as it provides more compatibility even to unknown ISOs, but it's not capable to produce multiboot USB. SARDU is nice too, especially if you want to include extras like Avira Rescue Disc, Dr. Web Cureit, etc.

  2. Anonymous
    March 3, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Ok, a bit of feedback,...i have tried almost everything out there, and best solution seems to be RMprepusb.


  3. Moez bouhlel
    March 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    an other sol works great for me inside linux(ubuntu): MultiSystem
    to install it ( :

    sudo apt-add-repository 'deb all main'
    wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install multisystem
    sudo usermod -a -G adm "$SUDO_USER"

    • ha14
      March 2, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      they sell also USB key and CD:) thats cool

  4. VS Vishnu
    March 1, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    tried pendrivelinux?

  5. Junil Maharjan
    March 1, 2013 at 6:13 am

    You can use xboot software to make a bootable usb with multiple OS and softwares.

  6. Ugochukwu Mmaduekwe
    March 1, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Try Yumi Multiboot.
    Never Failed me.

  7. Linda Lam
    February 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm lets you setup multiple iso images to boot from.

  8. Aditya Roy
    February 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Use Win2Flash
    Here is a youtube video that should help.

  9. Sadman Hasan
    February 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm
  10. Brandon Ragoo
    February 28, 2013 at 9:19 pm
  11. KM_
    February 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    You should probably avoid doing Windows XP from a thumbdrive. In my experience, the Windows XP setup (using thumbdrives) loads USB 1.1 driver support, which is slow.

    It only does this with USB storage drives, a USB CD/DVD will be read at full speeds.

  12. Nitesh Badala
    February 28, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    run multiple os from a single USB drive is not possible. singl Os from a single usb is possible and for that you have to make your USB bootable.

    to make your USB bootable you can use unetbootin

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      It's possible! Unetbootin can't do this, but there are tools like YUMI or SARDU that enable you to install several ISOs in your USB stick then you can select which one to load from the fdropdown list in bootscreen. Give those softwares a try. It's a convenientway to gather all your tools in a device.

  13. Anonymous
    February 28, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    hey guys thanks for replies, :D
    I have tried SARDU on quickie with Linuxmint, but is seems when USB is started/booted linuxmint is loading forever.

    Can this be done with unattended xp install source, or this must be done mandatory with original oem ISO images?

    PS: has any of you done this in real world, or you Googled for answers? :D


    • ha14
      March 1, 2013 at 1:14 am

      try with YUMI see if there is a difference with SARDU

    • ha14
      March 1, 2013 at 10:35 am

      if you can boot unattended xp install source from cd then you should be able to boot it from usb, now perhaps each software will behave differently because of the boot image in unattended xp install source.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Well, I create bootable USBs for my emergency toolkit, but from Windows environment. I do experience some weird glitches every now and then so my best advice is to remove the ISO and try again. Maybe something went wrong in the installation process.

  14. ha14
    February 28, 2013 at 11:34 am

    63 - Install XP and Win7 onto a computer from one USB flash drive containing ISO files!
    •(optional) add Hirens Boot CD, Damn Small Linux, Ophcrack, Parted Magic, Ultimate Boot CD, Knoppix, Acronis, Darki's Boot and Nuke, etc. (the menus are already in the menu.lst download file - just add the files to your USB drive!)

    • Gaurav Joshi
      February 28, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Use sardu it great utility
      Copy you iso to ISOS folder in sardu directory
      Rename them according to name provided tooltip of OS's button in Sardu

    • ha14
      February 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      good info:)
      1 USB multiboot sardu+grub =bt4,trk,kav,EASEUS,Clonezilla,Ubuntu .avi

    • jorge quintino
      February 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm
    • ha14
      March 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      jorge quintino (hi check this out
      it has acronis and ghost, are they full versions? or trials?

    • Anonymous
      March 1, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      I have tried Yumi, Sardu and WinToFlash, but no luck so far.

      Jorge, that website is on Portuguese language, but i can only understand English :(

      I will try with RMPrepUSB, maybe i will have some luck afterall :D


  15. Oron Joffe
    February 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

    The site has a number of links to products that allow you to multiboot from a USB drive (they don't have to be Linux).

  16. Imesh Chandrasiri
    February 28, 2013 at 10:21 am

    If you want to boot multiple OS, try creating partitions on USB and use a tool to create each partition bootable.

  17. ha14
    February 28, 2013 at 9:40 am
    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Unetbootin doesn't provide multiboot USB as the OP wanted. It's by far my preferred method of creating bootable USB, but I go for YUMI or SARDU for multiple ISOs.

    • Hamdy Shalaby
      March 1, 2013 at 7:03 am

      yes, i use this programs to make a usb drive with win7 32 bit 64 bit and win xp

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