Tools: Easy2Boot – Multi-Boot USB

A multi-boot USB is one of those must have tools for anyone working in the tech industry. I would like to introduce you to the tool I use, Easy2Boot. Easy2Boot is a free tool used to create multi-boot USB Drives and Hard Disks.

Why Multi-Boot?

With a multi-boot USB, you can carry around all your OS Install ISO’s, Recovery Disks and other bootable tools on a single USB Drive.  No more searching through piles of disks only to find you don’t have what you need to get the job done.

Not only does Easy2Boot makes it possible to have a single device capable of booting numerous ISOs, it is also highly configurable and compatible with UEFI systems.

Below are some examples of the tools you’ll find on my Easy2Boot drive.

  • Windows Installation Disks
    • WIN 10 Install ISO
    • WIN 7 Install ISO
    • Server 2012 R2 Install ISO
    • Server 2016 Install ISO
  • Linux
    • Kali Linux
    • Ubuntu
    • Fedora
  • Antivirus
    • Bit-defender Rescue CD
  • Backup
    • Acronis TrueImage
    • CloneZilla
  • Utilities
    • Darik’s Boot and Nuke
    • Gparted
    • Registry and Password Editor

If you want a more in depth of the tools that have been tested with Easy2Boot, head on over to there website were the have tried out over 300 tools. http://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/list-of-tested-payload-files/

Why Choose Easy2Boot?

There are many Multi-boot solutions available such as Rufus, SARDU or Xboot. What I like about Easy2Boot is its versatility and Ease of Use. Once a Easy2Boot USB is created its as simple as dragging and dropping ISO files into the provided file structure and they are ready for use. Easy2Boot also supports both MBR and UEFI Boot, making it perfect for modern hardware whilst maintain compatibility with older systems. Finally, Steve Si, the tools creator, provides constant updates, compatibility lists and tutorials on Easy2Boot.

Getting Started

Getting started with Easy2Boot could not be easier and the tool and tutorials can be found on the Easy2Boot website. After running the installer you will prompted to select your desired USB Device, the device will be formatted and populated with the Easy2Boot directory structure. Copy your desired tools to the provided directories and your ready to start booting. Easy2Boot is very customizable and many great tutorials can be found on their website.

If you are looking for a step by step guide on setting up a new Multi-Boot USB check out my detailed How-To Post.

Customization

Another stand out feature of an Easy2Boot USB is it’s ability to be customized. You can customize fonts, background image, menu structure, language and much more. For a full range of customization options head over their website. http://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/

Steve even includes a graphical tool code-named E2B_Editor (E2Bed) to make customization even easier.

Easy2Boot + Chocolatey

Another tool I recommend and have previously talked about in a post over here, is Chocolatey, a software package manager for Windows. Recently Steve has introduced Chocolatey functionality into Easy2Boot allowing you to automatically deploy your favorite software applications to your fresh Windows installation. Check out how you can do this in his tutorial.

Wrapping Up

Easy2Boot has become my go to multi-boot tool of choice and the first tool I pack in with my geek goodies, hopefully it can suit your needs too. To learn more head on over to there YouTube channel or pick up a copy of their brand new eBook.

Another option that I am yet to try out myself is a Zalman HDD Enclosure. The Zalman Enclosure allows your to select an ISO and emulates an external CD/DVD drive when plugged in. Although I haven’t used this approach myself I have heard great things from those who have.