Will these 3 operating systems work on a USB flash drive?

KamilKozyra November 9, 2012

Can I install Windows 7 Home, newest Ubuntu & a Hiren Boot CD (all 3) on one single USB flash drive?

How many GBs on a USB do I need? Is there any guide or do I need several different guides? Thanks!

  1. Vishal Srivastava
    December 8, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Yumi- http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/
    is the best and I've tried it but never tried Windows 7. 7 takes a 10GB partition on my laptop so a 16 GB pendrive is recommended.

  2. Abba Jee
    November 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    i laready have them on usb, beside them i do have fedora, gparted live, opensuse :d as ha14 said Yumi Pen drive linux is best choice to have multiple Os on single usb

  3. Harry Barnes
    November 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    yes, you will need a 64gb drive minimum though realistically

  4. Boni Oloff
    November 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

    You cannot install Windows 7 in USB.
    Even it can be Windows 7 can get up to 20GB, and it can be really slow if you run it from USB Flash Disk.

  5. Justin Pot
    November 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I know there's a way to put multiple Linux disks onto one flash drive, but not combined with Windows. You're just going to need to switch at times, or acquire multiple drives. Sorry.

  6. Alex Downs
    November 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    You can run and install them all, but Ubuntu is the only one that can run the OS off the flash drive.

  7. josemon maliakal
    November 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm


  8. Naveen Kumar
    November 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    i think yes you can.try the following steps given below

  9. musicphann
    November 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    You should be able to. Be sure to partition your thumb drive first. Then you can use a utility like YUMI below to install different Linux OS's. I believe Hiren's boot CD is on there as well:


    You can then install Windows 7 to one of the partitions. Not sure how you handle setting up GRUB so you can choose which OS to boot. I would get as large a thumb drive as you can if you'd like to install programs as well. 32GB or larger.

    • Raj Bhag
      November 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Oh my! I was literally just about to recommend YUMI and then saw your post aha. (=

  10. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Yes, you can. For Ubuntu and Hiren Boot CD you can use SARDU or YUMI, but if you want Win7 to be 'Live' and not just an installation CD it's a little bit more complicated. I'm currently trying to add it to my bootable USB too, but it's much complex than I imagined. Here:
    4 to 16 GB should be sufficient for Hiren and Ubuntu, but you'll need more for Win7.

    • Drew Butler
      November 10, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Totally agree. In my experience having the multiple partitions that what you're looking to do would require is also a problem because the different Operating Systems require different formatting (NTFS,FAT,FAT32) this would still work but can cause errors on the drive or cause the drive to "Die" sooner... This is all just my opinion of course but it comes from experience losing a terabyte external that I had 6 different partitions on(they weren't all different formats but they all had a purpose and the drive died way sooner than it should have). Anyways... I agree with the recommendations above and would consider one USB stick for Linux and Hirens and one strictly for windows. As a final recommendation you also might consider using xp or 2000 for greater compatibility with different hardware if you're going to be using this for a bunch of different systems. Thanks for not ranting about my grammar, sentence structure or spelling everyone LOL.. hope this helps

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        November 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm

        Yes, that's what I'm doing. I have Mint, Puppy, DamnSmall, UbuntuStudio, and some other distros for testing purposes, and various rescue CD in one USB, and Windows in another. That should solves your problem nicely and with less hassle than you want with multiple types of partition in one USB. Besides, that would ensure you have enough space for your data.

  11. Erlis D.
    November 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Well, you can use your usb to install different version of os, but not on a single USB drive. You can run linux in an USB flash drive, but I don't think you can do the same with win7.
    You can check ubuntu help page how to install/run ubuntu from a usb flash drive:
    To run win 7 from an usb drive, check this links:
    To run Hiren's boot cd from USB, check this site:

    Hope it helps! But keep in mind that you can't run all the 3 os on a single usb pen drive.

  12. ha14
    November 9, 2012 at 11:48 am

    select Hiren's Boot CD in the drop-down box and show the location of Hiren*.zip.

    it features a Multi-Boot Image Editor.

    -Pull the contents of a Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/8 install disc and prep the USB drive to become a bootable replacement
    -Windows 32 bit and 64 bit full support
    -Support all editions of Windows - Home, Professional, Media Center, Ultimate, etc.
    -Transfer a Recovery CD or a tiny OS (BartPE based on Windows XP/2003, WinPE based on Windows Vista/2008/7/8) to a USB drive


    Sardu can help

    WinSetupFromUSB 1.0 Beta
    Windows Ubuntu, Bartpe, UBCD4Win

    Guide for Multi-booting from a USB Drive

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