Those who often experiment with systems on a personal PC or constantly install different operating systems on many computers have to face the need to format the boot drive every time to record the next system image. The free Ventoy utility eliminates this problem. It also allows you to store several bootable ISO on a flash drive at once and at any time run the installation of a specific system or Live version.
Installing and Recording Images
The program is open source, and it is distributed on GitHub or the official website, and its unofficial port is even for Android. The utility is available for both Linux and Windows. In the second case, you need to unpack the downloaded archive and run the exe file. In the application window, select the desired USB drive and click Install. After this simple sequence of actions, the flash drive is ready to record any system images.
Usually, ISO files for creating bootable flash drives must be recorded using special programs like balenaEtcher or Rufus. Thanks to Ventoy, this need disappears – copy the image to the root of the drive. This saves time and simplifies the process.
How to use Ventoy
Using such a bootable flash drive is no different from the classical method: boot into the BIOS, choose USB storage as the boot device. You will see a window that resembles the familiar Linux user’s GRUB bootloader.
There you will be able to choose the system from which you will boot. After selection, the OS boots normally, as if you had written it down by the usual method.