Universal Multiboot Installer Using YUMI
USB flash drives nowadays have become the number one choice for portable storage for being so handy and easy to carry with, I even carry three of them with me all the time in case I need to access my files including my favorite mp3 playlist and installers without having to worry that I might drop or scratch it which might result to data loss. It’s like a swiss knife to me, everything I need to get a system up and running is all there.
In this tutorial, we will be creating a universal multiboot installer using YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer) software. Using YUMI we will be able to create a drive that you can just plug into a computer’s usb port and boot to it then presto! you have your favorite recovery program or diagnostics tools running in no time. You can even create an installer for various Linux distro and Windows versions (you still need a windows license of course).
Before we proceed, you need to download the Windows YUMI utility from here and run it. Make sure to backup for files before you perform an installation to the drive. Also, make sure that you have enough disk space left to perform the installation.
As an example, we will be installing DBAN (Hard drive boot and nuke) utility.
1. Insert your flash drive and run YUMI utility.
2. Once YUMI is running, click Next and select the drive letter of your flash drive.
3. In the Distribution list, look for DBAN located under System Tools list and select it.
4. Click on the Download the iso box and click Yes when prompted if you want to download DBAN iso.
5. After downloading DBAN, click on Browse and select the DBAN iso file.
6. Click Create and click Yes when prompted to proceed.
7. When YUMI is done with the installation and prompt if you want to add/install another distro, click No.
8. Click Finish to exit YUMI utility.
9. Restart your computer and enter into your BIOS utility and set your BIOS to boot your flash drive first then restart your computer to boot to the flash drive.
That’s it, you should have the screen below if your computer is able to boot from your flash drive with DBAN (hard drive boot and nuke) utility installed.