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Bootable USB drive tool Ventoy 1.0.15 introduces GPT partition support

The developer of the open source tool Ventoy has released version 1.0.15 of the application. The new version introduces support for GPT partitions, improves ISO support, and adds other features to the program.

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Ventoy is a new application. We reviewed it back in April 2020 when it was released and then again in June 2020 when new functionality was added to the application.

Ventoy is a tool to create bootable USB media. What separates it from other solutions of its kind is that it uses ISO images for that instead of extracted files. Another difference to most solutions is that it supports multiple ISO images that you can put on the same USB device. The program detects these and displays a boot menu when the computer is started so that users may pick one of the available operating systems or tool discs during the process.

The developer extended support significantly in the past couple of versions. UEFI Secure Boot support was added in Ventoy 1.0.07, auto installation supported in version 1.0.09, persistence support in 1.0.11, and WMI file support in 1.0.12.

Ventoy 1.0.15 adds support for GPT partitions to the program. The developer published a support article that provides details on the differences between MBR and GPT in Ventoy. Basically, the core differences are:

  • MBR is better when it comes to legacy BIOS support.
  • GPT is better when it comes to UEFI support.
  • GPT supports disk with 2 TB and more.
  • GPT's maximum partition number is 128, MBR's is 4.

Ventoy users may switch the partition style with a click on Option > Partition Style and the selection of MBR or GPT in the menu.

Existing users of Ventoy may notice that the program is not set to be always on top anymore in the new version. Other improvements include optimized support for booting Debian distributions, and support for additional ISO images.

The total number of officially supported ISO images is over 200 at the time of writing. You can check out the entire release notes of the new version of Ventoy here.

Now You: Have you tried Ventoy in the past? Or do you prefer a different tool to create bootable media?

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  1. Software developer said on July 10, 2020 at 3:08 pm
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    Thank you martin I use this tool and following the news

  2. Tony said on July 10, 2020 at 3:09 pm
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    I’ve been using this since your first review. It’s a really nice tool. Even works with Windows ISOs.

  3. Schmurtz said on July 10, 2020 at 3:27 pm
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    I use easy2boot since many years.
    One drawback with « E2B » is with Windows installations : if you want to install it in uefi mode, You need to convert your iso in a new format and then boot on this new file…

    Is it possible to boot in uefi AND classic bios with only one iso file with ventoy ?

    1. Steve Si said on July 11, 2020 at 2:28 pm
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      Both Ventoy and Easy2Boot v2 support direct MBR+UEFI booting and loading Windows ISOs.

  4. Nat1 said on July 10, 2020 at 4:50 pm
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    Great to see such high quality software coming out of China.

  5. VioletMoon said on July 10, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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    The web site provides some invaluable information for users:

    https://ventoy.net/en/index.html

  6. John said on July 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm
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    Rufus is much better and also open-source: https://rufus.ie/

    1. Anonymous said on July 10, 2020 at 7:51 pm
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      NO!

    2. Anonee said on July 10, 2020 at 8:30 pm
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      Nope, Rufus isn’t even comparable.

      Rufus takes a single image file and extracts it to your entire USB stick leaving you stuck with only that 1 OS to boot from.
      Ventoy allows you to just drag and drop multiple ISO files onto your USB stick and that’s it! You can then boot up any of the ISO files on there using a menu that is presented.

    3. John Wold said on July 11, 2020 at 2:37 am
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      Rufus is useful for making a bootable USB from a single ISO.

      This tool allows you to put multiple ISOs on the USB and select from which one you want to boot.

  7. Wayfarer said on July 11, 2020 at 12:43 am
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    Rufus and Ventoy do different things.
    Rufus converts an ISO into a bootable pendrive with an alternate OS.
    Ventoy stores plain ISOs (as many as the USB drive will store) with a directory system that allows you to choose.
    They both have benefits, and I use both.

    The big problem with both is the traditional difficulty with live OSs of updating and storage.

    I am concerned about non-open-source software coming out of China. In much the same way as I’m concerned with American and Russian equivalents.

    1. Peterc said on July 12, 2020 at 3:10 am
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      (Just to be clear, Ventoy is open-source.)

    1. Software developer said on July 11, 2020 at 5:24 pm
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      Do you really believe this Virustotal false positives ? As usual , Virustotal was much better before bought by google.

      I slowly believe that their employees are trying to sink the google boat, everything they have been doing lately is wrong,

      1. They ruined the Google search engine algorithm, now spam sites are in the first place, you can not even find a simple picture which you need

      2. They ruined the Youtube interface , full with BUGS

      3. They Filled a lot of poor quality antivirus companies in Virüstotal

      4. www and https section has been removed from Google Chrome , Greetings to the responsible low IQ Google employee

  8. zorro said on July 11, 2020 at 5:13 am
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    “Rufus is much better”

    no:
    – boots only a single extracted iso
    – does not support persistence
    – does not allow custom partitions
    – has no boot manager

  9. Wayfarer said on July 11, 2020 at 1:25 pm
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    So? Two engines throw up a positive – one I’ve never even heard of.
    Virustotal is a great tool – I use it all the time – I used it on Ventoy.
    But if I discarded every bit of software that rang the bell on one or two minor engines, while being passed by major players, I’d have a near-empty computer.

  10. Wayfarer said on July 11, 2020 at 1:28 pm
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    I see no reason why Rufus and Ventoy (and others) should be mutually exclusive. I’m happy to use both, depending on circumstances.

    I must say I’ve yet to get Ventoy to support persistence, but I accept that might just be me.

  11. h said on July 11, 2020 at 2:17 pm
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    EXCELLENT! I can now have one bootable recovery USB drive without with multiple OS/recovery tool options, and still have room for additional files on it/them.

    Thank you for reviewing this.

  12. Gerard said on July 11, 2020 at 5:40 pm
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    Thank you. This software looks really interesting. It could be a useful tool for testing several Linux distributions for instance.

  13. Peterc said on July 12, 2020 at 3:20 am
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    I’ve never used Ventoy, but I *have* used YUMI (“Your Universal Multiboot Installer”) and YUMI-UEFI (the UEFI version, obviously) a bunch of times to run live distros and sometimes install them. The BIOS version works well most of the time. The UEFI version might be more of a work in progress, and I had to go the Rufus route with roughly half the distros I tried.

  14. mwila mumba said on July 13, 2020 at 12:39 pm
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    I simply love Ventoy…..I’ve basically ditched Rufus and Yumi….. :)

    1. Peterc said on July 21, 2020 at 7:35 am
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      @mwila mumba: Thanks — it sounds like Ventoy is worth checking out.

    2. Craig Rider said on August 7, 2020 at 7:21 am
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      I’ve done the same. I’ld like VenToy to support the HP SPP ISOs.

  15. Xahid said on July 14, 2020 at 7:23 am
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    Thank you for the review.
    Impressive little app. it change the perspective of bootable USB.

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