I want to create a multibootable usb, that will contain some linux distros, some windows ones as well as some non-OS iso(such as Hiren's boot DVD, Parted Magic bootble CD etc).

As far as multi-bootable-linux distros, I know Yumi.

I thought of partitioning the usb drive and make multibootable, by making it multipartinioned and having each distro in one partition. Can that be achieved?

I also don't know how to make the Hyren's and Parted Magic's .iso's bootable in a USB.

Ideally there would be a bootloader(like Grub) that would help to choose wich "partition" to run from.

Can all or part these be achieved?

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    USB sticks are cheap so the simplest option would be to have one per individual operating system, or is that just being defeatist? 8-) – Richard Lucas Oct 22 '13 at 12:59
  • @Richard: You are right;they are cheap. But right now I am having about 6 usb drives, which isn't very convenient, as you can imagine. – Thanos Oct 22 '13 at 13:12
  • I've tried to set up several different bootable partitions before, and some BIOSs did not like it and wouldn't boot from any of them. Especially Macs. Maybe MultiSystem fixes the issue though – cbalos Feb 21 '14 at 20:47

You can do this using MultiSystem (http://www.pendrivelinux.com/multiboot-create-a-multiboot-usb-from-linux/ http://liveusb.info/dotclear/).

I haven't actually tested it with Windows on a flash drive because I don't use Windows, but it claims to work with Windows and nearly any GNU/Linux live cd I tried worked with it.


Just as a side note for those of you who haven't tried this, and found out the hard way (grudge) yet, it requires that you use a FAT32 formatted flash drive, with a label consisting of no spaces.

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