I love you man!, you're a true helping human being, a good soul, and a savior in every possible way one can imagine!
I don't even know where to begin expressing my admiration of Easy2Boot:
Extremely Easy to use
New features added regularly
Universal & Cross-Platform Compatibility
Well-Engineered and well-tested for almost every scenario
Extremely Well-documented, great for both beginners and experts
Deserves a lot more than my small donation
EVERYONE, this guy really deserves your kind donations for his superior efforts and quality hard work and determination to deliver this perfection!
Just a quick post to thank you immeasurably for your time and dedication to these projects.
Despite being a technician for many, many years (and therefore understanding the complexity - to some degree - of what you do) I wish to offer my deepest thanks, to you, for continuing to do what you do and in such wonderful spirit.
All of the best to you and yours.
Thanks for Easy2Boot. I drove myself crazy trying to make a Kaspersky Recue flash drive. E2B and your detailed instructions did the trick, particularly the suggestion to try ".isoask". I made a small donation but also wanted to express my thanks for others to see.
I have been working with computers for 13 years and had about a dozen flash drives with various programs in my toolbox. I found out about this from another tech and use it both at work and home. At work we have to reimage machines and part of that is updating bios. I put the update utilities and iso's on the drive and boot to that, run the updater and it is done in about 2 minutes. Test a machine? Boot to any of a dozen iso's. Check for virus and malware? No problem. Lost password? Simple. I absolutely love having all of the programs needed in one place on one drive with a simple menu system. Adding and deleting iso's and utilities is just click and drag. I am running this on a 500gb usb3 drive so the whole thing is very fast. Great job and Thank You!
This software is incredible! You have done a marvelous job programming this, Steve. I could not find such an effective piece of software to easily boot multiple ISOs from a single USB. Your software does perfectly what many others try to mimic poorly.
Have used this successfully on an oldish Mac Mini that had rEFIt installed as a boot manager (ok rEFInd I now know is better). E2B loaded up and installed another OS on the hard drive.
Thanks a lot for a great utility.
This tool is amazing - I have been able with (the newest version 2.1.730A) RMPrep usb to format a newer type fixed HDD removable Kingston Data Traveller 64GB G2 USB-3.0 exFAT filesystem as bootable on a very modern computer (just over a year old) setup with (grubldr-and-C:\2PTNS)
then I simply copied all the files from a previous older type of flash drive already set up with Easy2Boot a small first try, 8GB one and Even managed to install the newer Qemu_x86_x64 emulator to the drive ,
its slow in 32bit emulation mode whilst booted into windows,
(not-surprised, get no errors though!!) but its amazingly -blazingly fast when booted from bios menu..........this is the leap in coding brilliance I have been looking for, No more spindles of DVD+-RW Despair for me !!
- not to mention that this was a life saver when My bios stopped seeing my DVD drive completely and my system was infected and needed a re-install to fix it.
So MANY MANY THANKS Steve .....a donation is on its way ..........No other solution was needed except for a larger flash drive to store more ISO files.......
more VHD files.....etc
I was even upset at my new usb flash drive purchased to make a new multiboot drive ...... When I realized it was a fixed disk type......but handled by your software without a hitch !
I love the fact I got to try it for free too before deciding if it was, indeed the solution I Had Spent Hours trying to find,... before contributing to your work...........my search is over for an easy to use solution to multiboot.
A Very Recommended addition to a techie toolbox!!
I realized after reading my post back I had not made a couple of things clear for others to follow in my original post.
Firstly that I copied all of the files from my first Easy2Boot drive to the new one Except The grldr file , VERY important to know ,
as the newer file created on the drive when formatted with RMPrep usb
(the newest version 2.1.730A) is better so dont overwrite it!!
I would also like to explain that in order to use the newer
files I first Installed the newer version in a booted windows 64bit machine then copied ALL of the files from the installation directory
C:\Program Files\Qemu -
to the E2B drive Qemu folder -
which in my case is -
(Substitute Your own E2B Drive letter for K:\)
Then copied the
to the Desktop, Rename it to Qemu.exe
and then cut and paste it back into the E2B Qemu folder
folder , again substitute the K:\ for your own drive letter,
I also set the memory for Qemu emulator to the MAX for my system RAM (in my case 8GB) Which is why it loads super fast when booted from BIOS menu, I did this by editing the
(line 13) set MEM=8192
You need to change this everytime you update the drive to the newest version as RoboCopy overwrites this file when it updates the drive from the
UPDATE_E2B_DRIVE.CMD found in the newest downloaded version folder.
I would like to point out however that I have Not tried to boot this drive on a REAL not emulated 32bit system to check if this version of Qemu will run on 32bit so please bear this in mind.....
All I do know is that these settings LAG like hell in the 32bit emulator while booted to windows 64bit but absolutely fly from BIOS boot!!
I am not sure if I know anybody with a 32bit system any more to try it!!!
So best only upgrade Qemu on 64bit hardware probably..........if someone can test would be helpful.
Thanks once again Steve for an amazing tool.........
looks brilliant with my own boot screen too!
I tested the latest QEMU for 64-bit but i had some problems.
1. Huge filelist to copy with loads of big DLLs
2. Still won't boot Win8 64-bit
3. Twice as slow as the old QEMU 32-bit version in E2B\RMPrepUSB.
As you say, the advantage is that you can use more RAM with the new version.
On balance, I prefer VBOX+VMUB - much faster and more reliable!
Thanks, you can send me the files via email. Use the Contact Me form to let me know. You may find this blog post helpful
If you have any problems or questions then contact me.
Just want to drop a note to say how much i appreciate you and and all your hard work.
I am a volunteer computer technician. I choose to do this for free on my own time because so many people need help with their computers but have little money. I can't imagine life without a working computer. So this is my way of helping my community.
Fixing computers makes me happy and E2B makes it possible.... So YOU make me happy. :-)
Thank you so much.
Many thanks for this fantastic piece of software. I successfully managed to make a multiboot USB with a bunch of different linux flavor ISOs (Debian, Fedora-Workstation, Fedora-Server, Kali, LinuxMint, Ubuntu). Now when I try to boot my ASUS Essentio CM1855-US003S desktop with it, the flashing cursor appears [like so: grub> _] and I don't get a menu. I wonder what I'm doing wrong. I read through the FAQs and followed the instructions given on question: Symptom: Flashing cursor - no Main menu on some systems, e.g. ASUS M4A89GTD.
You don't appear to have a typical blank screen/flashing cursor problem but a grub4dos command shell prompt issue. i.e. it has booted to grub4dos but the menu.lst failed to run.
I suggest you try some grub4dos commands like help, root, find, geometry (hd0), map --status and report back what you see. Also check the BIOS boot options for USB booting. Please use the Forum to reply and not this Guestbook!
You really did a great job.
I tried to donate a small amount but two of my credit cards "couldn't be verified by the PayPal", as the system stated.
In fact, I didn't use PayPal (no account) but tried to use my credit cards direct. The page recognized correctly my two different cards. Besides, refused to verify them.
I'm not sure if the capital control in Greece has to do something with this refusal. I'll try to find out.
Subject I updated your themes to work on 1.71 and 1.72
I updated your themes to work on your newest versions of E2B 1.71-1.72, the ones included
in those versions don't currently work on my
system, here I modified them just extract and place to your e2b usb drive, DOWNLOAD HERE
overwrite any files
Subject Re: I updated your themes to work on 1.71 and 1.72
This is the multi-boot tool for the many USB and CD drives my insane coworkers carry around. You have made it so simple and easy to understand that I spent an hour making mine, and then the rest of the day improving and customizing mine and build some for all but the deepest stick-in-the-muds.
This is a very good and relative easy Tool to use!
I was using long time some or more less other tools and was looking for another, maybe better solution and found this.
For sure, a lot to read in the beginning, to understand how things work and how to customize it for your own needs.
But finally everything I expected is working fine and even more is possible. Maybe I'll try this out also ;)
Thanks for this very handy tool, I donated a few to say thanks for your work! Keep it up, it's great!
The last months I spend tons of time trying to make a brandnew Kingston Datatraveler 100G3 (64Gb) bootable, even multibootable.
I tried other tools like Yumi, Xboot, MultibootUSB, UniversalUSB and Sardu and some other stuff. Usually,they work very fine on other USB-sticks but not his time.
Because I bought a new stick I could contact Kingston support who told me that it was not designed to make it bootable. See their explantion at the end of this comment.
A few weeks ago I ran into an article on RUFUS and that's the first time I got my stick bootable! I tested it with SLAX. Than I start looking again for more multiboot solutions and Pete Batard was so kind to point me in the right direction of you guys. (See https://github.com/pbatard/rufus/wiki/FAQ#Do_you_plan_to_add_multiboot_support)
I tested it sofar with SLAX, Caine, Artistx, Avilinux, Bodhi, Tails, Blackarch and planning to test al lot of other distros.
So, thank you very much. I'll spread the word.
============start Kingston support reply==============
Please note that Kingston Technology does not support the bootability of our DataTraveler USB products, this is why there is no software application available for download on our website capable of facilitating this.
While we are aware of the popularity of converting removable USB flash drives into bootable media, it is because we use a large number of different controller and NAND Flash combinations that we cannot guarantee that each of them will be suitable for conversion.
This may work for some drives, for others it may not.
In order to be able to convert a removable storage device into a fixed drive, there are a number of dependancies that apply.
The first thing to point out is that converting a removable flash storage medium into a fixed drive requires a tweak in the firmware and so the success or failure of the conversion can depend on the type of software used for the attempt.
Furthermore a standard USB drive is designed for sequential read and writes, rather than random read and write speeds, whereby booting from the USB will be very slow and shorten the life expectancy of the DataTraveler.
Therefore we cannot guarantee the longevity and reliability of the drive within the warranty period, and could offer no further support in case of drive failure.
As long as the drive is working in the manner in which it has been designed, manufactured and tested, it is considered to be functioning according to its specifications.
If you purchased the product with the express intention to use it as a bootable drive and have found that it is not possible to convert its properties, we regret that we are unable to provide you with any additional assistance to use it in this manner.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
=========end of Kingston reply==========
But we know better :-). There is a solution and it's called Easy2Boot.
If all the items work then I have at last found a person who believes that the internet should not have money charges for things needed to help people get the best out of their PC.
Well don so far.
Please keep adding helpful items to get novices like me get the best use of my PC. Thanks
Thank you for creating this amazing solution for installing operating systems, now I don't have to put up with something horrible like sardu where i have to manually extract the iso, love this feature.
Thank you very much!
I have a External USB HDD, SeaGate Expansion Desktop, 4TB, 4k/512e, USB 3, I like to create a relatively small partition within, for example 20GB, and make it a multi boot external USB hard disk an load planty of intallation files, on it and instal Windows from it. I want to have other partitions beside the above mentioned 20GB, and use them for regular storage tasks. I tried "Make_E2B_USB_Drive" script, but when it wanted to format the drive it issued and error and stopped. I also tried RMPrepUSB, it also issued an error, "parameter 1 is incorrect", or something like that. Now, I want to ask is it even possible to have such thing?
Thanks for your attention.
You will need to use RMPrepUSB and specify a small size.
20GB is too small (it would only take 4-6 Windows Install ISOs.).
I suggest 130GB because many BIOSes have problems accessing past 137GB. The main problem is that 2TB is the maximum for any BIOS.
1. Use RMPrepUSB and set a size of 130GB and NTFS (do not tick boot as HDD checkbox)
2. Install grub4dos
3. Copy the E2B files to the USB HDD partition
4. Use another partitioning tool (Windows, Easeus Home Partition Master, gparted, whatever) to add either one Primary partition or multiple Logical partitions. The problem is that you may hit the 2TB barrier and only be able to use half of the disk.
P.S. This is a GuestBook - please use the Forum to ask any more questions.
Hi again Steve,
I just stopped by your site to report a bug in win7.imgptn
I think it installs the bootloader to the imgptn file whenever
I restart comp, it says Windows 7 and windows 7 Setup EMS
I think, it should boot to easy2boot win7 menu also usb drive
not recognized in newly installed system then when I reboot virtual box Fail INT18 on the VHD.
So I just replaced with win7.iso I don't mind typing c:\_ISO\e2b\firadisk\loadiso on first language screen =)
here are my new screens
EFI is Konboot EFI imgptn =P =]
Thank you again for e2b
I take it you are booting from a VM with the E2B drive as Disk 0 (the boot drive)?
Windows will overwrite the boot sectors on disk 0 of any system. So what you see is to be expected. The same thing will happen using the ISO.
same problem in 1.63b3 with win7.imgptn win7 bootloader during restart and VM fail INT18 no MBR in VHD, fail installing Mass storage in Win7 cannot read USB, so not possible to use e2b partition restore.cmd
Maybe this only happens in VM not on real system but I'm not sure, I had to restore my e2b backup from external hdd xD I won't bother making an win7 imgptn again had to erase and re contigious my flash drive 3 times cause of small disk space 8GB =P
but it now list the HDD as drive 0 c:\ and d:\in USB using e2b installer, old youtube tutorial in rmprep BOOT as HDD c:\ptns < this causes the USB drive to be disk 0.
Yes - VM only problem.
This is nothing to do with E2B or .imgPTN files.
If you have VM with
Disk 0 = USB with Windows Installer\Setup.exe
Disk 1 = Virtual HDD
Then Windows will treat Disk 0 as the System disk and install boot sector code to Disk 0 not Disk 1. The same thing will happen with any USB drive if it is DIsk 0 in a VM. e.g. Rufus USB or official Windows USB tool.
It will work OK on a Real system because on a Real system, Disk 0 is the internal hard disk.
P.S. Try MakePartImage v. 0.045 - make a new .imgPTN file using it. It should then work in a VM.
All fixed except that the new Win7 Menu doesn't have option to boot
to internal HDD, so I switched to e2b menu and boot from there, Some installer require the Win7 setup files, so maybe if you could put an option to boot to internal HDD in the imgptn. But I setup Win 7 not modded original ISO all good =)