System Administration

Excellent System Utilities: Ventoy – create bootable USB drive for ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files

In operation

Now we’ve prepared the software, we can copy ISOs to the exFAT filesystem (in our case that’s the /dev/sde1 partition). They can be saved to anywhere on the first partition, as Ventoy recursively searches for all files on that partition.

In this instance, we’ve copied ISOs for 6 popular Linux distros: Fedora, Ubuntu, Mint, MX, Elementary OS and openSUSE. The vast majority of Linux distributions are supported.

Booting from the USB drive presents the following menu in the program’s list view.

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Pressing F3 changes to the program’s TreeView. In this mode, Ventoy lists the directories, subdirectories and ISO files in a tree view according to their location.

There’s a good range of features including:

  • Directly boot from ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI file, no extraction is necessary.
  • Legacy + UEFI supported.
  • Support for UEFI Secure Boot, Persistence, MBR and GPT partition style.
  • Not just support for ISOs (including ISOs larger than 4GB). The software also supports WIM, IMG, VHX(x), and EFI.WIM files.
  • Auto installation.
  • File injection.
  • Native boot menu style for Legacy & UEFI. x86 Legacy BIOS and amd64 UEFI are supported in the same way.
  • Not only boot but also complete installation process.
  • Linux vDisk boot supported (vdi/vhd/raw).
  • “Ventoy Compatible” concept. This is a concept introduced by the author of the program, and describes a distro that doesn’t require a manual ‘hook’ before boot.
  • Plugin Framework which is used to customize and enhance the software.
  • Menu Alias/Menu Style/Customized Menu.
  • USB drive write-protected.
  • USB normal use unaffected.
  • Data nondestructive during version upgrade.
  • No need to update Ventoy when a new distro is released.

Next page: Page 3 – Summary

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Summary

Complete list of articles in this series:

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GreenWithEnvyNVIDIA graphics card utility
gtopSystem monitoring dashboard
gWakeOnLANTurn machines on through Wake On LAN
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kmonManage Linux kernel modules with this text-based tool
KrusaderAdvanced, twin-panel (commander-style) file manager
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nmonSystems administrator, tuner, and benchmark tool
nnnPortable terminal file manager that's amazingly frugal
petSimple command-line snippet manager
PingnooGraphical representation for traceroute and ping output
ps_memAccurate reporting of software's memory consumption
SMCMulti-featured system monitor written in Python
TimeshiftReliable system restore tool
QDirStatQt-based directory statistics
QJournalctlGraphical User Interface for systemd’s journalctl
TLPMust-have tool for anyone running Linux on a notebook
UnisonConsole and graphical file synchronization software
VeraCryptStrong disk encryption software
VentoyCreate bootable USB drive for ISO, WIM, IMG, VHD(x), EFI files
WTFPersonal information dashboard for your terminal
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