YUMI from PenDriveLinux.com is a Windows-only utility program to enable a USB flash drive to easily boot into multiple Linux
and other utility software collections. By default, in order to simplify the process, we will only use YUMI to create the basic YUMI
boot/menu structure (SYSLINUX/GRUB) to allow multibooting. This requires starting YUMI, selecting the correct USB drive letter, clicking on the FORMAT box, and selecting
a "fake" dummy ISO file (empty.iso) needed to create that basic structure.
The 650MB Gooplusplus Multiboot MINI collection fits on a USB flash drive as small as 1GB and leaves enough room for an optional 300MB "persistence" file used by Ubuntu-based Linux distributions like Puppy Linux. This Goo++ collection includes a bootable Android X86 distro, two Linux distros, DOS, disk partitioner, and a very useful Hiren's collection of various Linux/Windows/DOS computer tools and utilities. For those who want more, you can start with our larger 1.7GB collection (torrent) which adds AVG antivirus and two more Linux distributions, notably Zorin OS lite, an excellent Ubuntu-based Linux that is particularly good for Windows users.
For safety, it is recommend that you remove all other USB hard drives and USB flash drives before starting.
You should have arrived at this web document from a selection on the click-THIS.cmd menu.
(For those with SanDisk USB drives, run SANDISKFIX above first).
To begin, start YUMI, select correct drive letter, and click FORMAT box. Next, cursor down to bottom of the distro
list to Try an Unlisted ISO, click BROWSE button and select "empty.iso". Next, click YUMI's CREATE
button. You will not install any other distros at this time so you can exit YUMI and return to the
Next, we recommend that you change the USB flash drive's MBR type to UltraISO. This will help ensure that the USB flash drive is bootable on a wider variety of PC's and notebooks. The (BootICE) usbMBR utility does not affect files on your USB drive.
You will only do the SanDiskFIX / YUMI / usbMBR procedure once.
All of the rest is running a self-extracting EXE file to auto-load selected Linux and utility distributions on to your USB flash drive.
THREE PARTS: (1) MINI (2) addOn:LINUX (optional) (3) addOn:SYSTEM (optional)
Gooplusplus divides the distro collections into three parts. We chose 32-bit versions for greatest compatibility on both 32-bit and 64-bit computers. In the future, we will add a new and different 64-bit "addon" collection. (You can mix and match 32-bit and 64-bit distros.)
The MINI and (optional) ADDON distro collections can be downloaded via bittorrent or directly from our Google Drive shared links. The addOn Linux and System distro EXEs should only be run (added) after MINI is already installed on your USB flash drive. The addOn distros (self-extracting EXE files) can be download individually or as a set. Run them from your hard drive's click-THIS.cmd menu.
(1) Do a usb+multiboot+gooplusplus+2013 torrent search by clicking these links:
H33T search -or-
(2) Direct Download (Google Drive): MINI + OPTIONS: addon:distros more Linux and Tools
Google Drive AddOn distros: drag & drop addon-*.EXE files from browser to PC's usb-multiboot-mini directory (folder)
(1) MINI: The small yet exceptionally useful MINI is under 650MB. You can view a list of distro contents in the table at the top of this web document. This MINI collection can fit on a 1GB USB flash drive and still have room for a 300MB persistence file used by the included Puppy-Racy Linux distro. Besides bittorrent downloading, you can download a self-extracting EXE file with all files necessary for installation from a fast Google Drive account: USB-MULTIBOOT-MINI.exe (650MB)
(2) AddOn:LINUX Unlike MINI, with the addOn:LINUX collection, each Linux distro will have its own self-extracting EXE file. If there are distros that you do not want (e.g, GnuGuitarinix or Ubuntu), just uncheck the appropriate box in the torrent file's listing to speed up your bittorrent downloading. You can also add other distros using YUMI. [Edit your USB \multiboot\menu\linux.cfg.]
The Linux distros in the addON:LINUX collection were chosen for relatively small size (all but Ubuntu are under 700MB), speed, variety, and unique features. If you install all of these distros, you will need at least an 8GB USB flash drive.
(3) AddOn:SYSTEM While MINI includes many utility programs, notably from Hiren's BootCD, the multiboot AddON:SYSTEM collection includes both UBCD and System Rescue CD. It is a good idea to have one or both available for when you really need it.
(1) You can use 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and larger (up to 64GB) USB flash drives. If you install on a larger size USB flash drive, you may want to partition the drive to not waste space. For larger USB drives, we also recommended that you leave at least 1GB available for persistence file use. (A "complete" install is near 8GB, often not enough to add recommended "persistence" on an 8GB USB flash drive.)
Be aware that Windows can only see the first partition on a removable USB drive. Linux, however, can see more partitions so you can resize and create extra partitions for persistence files, data storage, swap files, etc.
(2) By default, Gooplusplus/YUMI menu setup *.cfg files are include for all distros in MINI, AddOn:LINUX, and AddOn:SYSTEM. Since most people will not install the entire 3-part collection, you may want to edit USB:\multiboot\menu\linux.cfg or USB:\multiboot\syslinux.cfg to delete menu entries that you will not be using. There are edit options available on the click-THIS.cmd menu.
(3) You can (optionally) add or remove Linux and utility distros by running the YUMI program. Make sure that you DO NOT format your USB flash drive a second time (removing all of your USB Linux setup). You will be limited to distros from YUMI's list. While you can "Try an Unlisted ISO", most of the time it won't work. Since new Linux distro versions are always being released, YUMI is updated fairly frequently. It is best to download and use the latest YUMI version in order to install both later + more distro versions.
(4) Once you have fully or partialy installed your YUMI distros, you can reboot your PC. On most PCs, you can keep pressing the F12 key until you get a boot menu. Select your USB drive and then your custom YUMI menu should start up quickly.
(5) Why use YUMI instead of other Linux-based multiboot software? First, YUMI is well known and it works fairly predictably. We have briefly tried a few other multiboot systems but they seemed more difficult and less predictable. Second, there are many more Windows users than Linux users. To encourage Windows users to try Linux, we especialy tried to make this easier for them. More advanced Linux users should be able to access a Windows PC to create their own USB multiboot. Finally, we will still be researching cross-platform multiboot software that works both in Windows and Linux (sorry, Mac).
(6) Send comments, suggestions, or questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org -- Bob Carroll, Las Vegas