How to Install Multiple Live Linux Distros on a USB Drive with MultiBootUSB 9.2.0 Portable
If you are a Linux enthusiast or a beginner who wants to try out different distributions, you might have wondered how to install multiple live Linux distros on a single USB drive. This way, you can carry your favorite operating systems with you and boot them on any computer without affecting the existing data.
One of the tools that can help you achieve this is MultiBootUSB 9.2.0 Portable, a free and open source software that allows you to install multiple live Linux and other operating systems on a USB disk non-destructively and optionally uninstall them later. You can also write ISO images directly to a USB disk, test them without rebooting using QEMU, and use the cross-platform feature to run it on Windows, Linux or Mac OS.
In this article, we will show you how to use MultiBootUSB 9.2.0 Portable to create a multiboot USB drive with different Linux distros.
What You Need
A USB drive with at least 8 GB of free space (the more the better).
The ISO files of the Linux distros you want to install (you can download them from their official websites).
The MultiBootUSB 9.2.0 Portable software (you can download it from here for Windows or here for Linux).
How to Use MultiBootUSB 9.2.0 Portable
Plug in your USB drive to your computer and make sure it is formatted as FAT32 or NTFS.
Extract the MultiBootUSB 9.2.0 Portable zip file and run the multibootusb.exe file (for Windows) or the multibootusb file (for Linux).
The software will detect your USB drive and show its details on the left panel. If you have more than one USB drive connected, make sure you select the correct one.
On the right panel, click on the Browse button and select the ISO file of the first Linux distro you want to install.
If the distro supports persistence (which means you can save changes and files on the USB drive), you can optionally adjust the persistence size using the slider below the Browse button.
Click on the Install distro button and wait for the process to complete.
Repeat steps 4 to 6 for each additional Linux distro you want to install.
Once you are done, click on the Close button and safely eject your USB drive.
How to Boot from Your Multiboot USB Drive
To boot from your multiboot USB drive, you need to change the boot order of your computer's BIOS or UEFI settings and select your USB drive as the first boot device. The exact steps may vary depending on your computer model and manufacturer, but usually you need to press a key (such as F2, F10, F12 or Esc) during startup to access the BIOS or UEFI menu.
Once you boot from your USB drive, you will see a menu with the list of installed Linux distros. Use the arrow keys to navigate and press Enter to select the one you want to boot.
MultiBootUSB 9.2.0 Portable is a handy tool that lets you create a multiboot USB drive with multiple live Linux distros easily and quickly. It has a simple user interface, supports many distros and features, and does not require installation or internet connection. You can use it to test different Linux distros, troubleshoot problems, rescue data, or just have fun with different operating systems. a474f39169