YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator and Universal USB Installer (UUI) are some handy tools provided by Pendrivelinux.com. I’ve used their Universal USB Installer (UUI) software for years and never had any trouble with it, so gave YUMI a try yesterday, and have been testing away with it. Downloaded both YUMI versions – the 2.0.6.5 and the UEFI 0.0.1.5 versions – and have gone (for now) with the YUMI 2.0.6.5. Had been looking recently for some ‘Portable’ Linux OSes and came across YUMI during that previous search.

YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer), is the successor to our MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a Multiboot Bootable USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more. Contrary to MultiBootISOs which used grub to boot ISO files directly from USB, YUMI uses syslinux to boot extracted distributions stored on the USB device, and reverts to using grub to Boot Multiple ISO files from USB, if necessary.

It’s not for installing the main OS, i.e. mainly just the ‘Live’ versions that don’t save settings and such when closing the session – though the SparkyLinux Rescue 5.7 works great on it, and I also put the ‘Live’ Kodachi 6.0 on it since it offers TOR browser and a bunch of privacy stuff – as well as being meant for USB installations. Both of those will work great with the Clonezilla, GParted, Rescutux and SystemRescue tools. YUMI boots up and then offers you a selection of which one you want to use – booting it into that session.

The USB is using 5.51 GB with 23.39 GB still free so I’ll stick with the 32GB DataTraveler USB even though I could’ve gone smaller – recently upgraded my collection of USB ‘Thumbies’ to 3.0 and the larger sizes were quite cheap – paid like $7 for 64GB ones that came w/ free shipping, and the 32GB’s were about half that price with free shipping also. 16 GB USB’s would’ve been fine, but they were almost as much as the 32GB ones, and I have a bunch of 16GB 2.0’s for small data and such – as well as creating the ‘Live’ Distro versions to test. Personally, I’m finding even the 3.0 USB still too slow for saving lots of data files on – heck, I can save almost 100GB of data to SSD in a matter of minutes, and USB 3.0 is nowhere near that fast. Just bought two new 240GB SSD’s for less than $26 each – came with free shipping and no taxes. That gave me a spare 240GB SSD, and the other I use to keep all data backed up to, plus an extra backup of WIN 10 on main computer (which also has another 240GB data SSD in it – double backups of everything, all the time).