A single USB Flash Drive and specialized software are all you need to boot, install or troubleshoot Operating Systems. Boot and disk managers include multiple Operating Systems which incorporate various features suitable for a number of different purposes.
Using a USB drive is somewhat better than a bootable CD/DVD because it gives you an experience of a full Operating System without actually installing it. There are various tools to create a bootable USB disk. Following are five boot and disk managers available for free:
Top 5 Free Boot and Disk Managers
|Software Name||Description||Compatible OS|
|Rufus||You can create bootable USB flash drives such as pen drives, memory sticks, etc. by using this software.||Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 (32-Bit/64-Bit)|
|YUMI||This software can be used to create a bootable USB flash drive that contains multiple OS’s, security tools, diagnostic utils, etc.||Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8/10|
|WinToUSB||Easily install and run multiple operating systems on an external storage device.||Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (32-Bit/64-Bit)|
|Universal USB Installer||By using this software you can run a live Linux distribution from a USB flash drive without damaging hard drive partitions.||Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10|
|WinUSB||You can create Windows multi-bootable USB flash drives by using this tool.||Windows 7/8.1/10 (32-Bit/64-Bit)|
Rufus is software that allows you to format and create bootable USB flash drives like pen drives, memory sticks, etc. This lightweight and open source utility is extremely useful in cases when a USB installation media needs to be created from bootable ISOs, or you need to flash the BIOS. This tool has a user-friendly and straightforward interface. All the connected devices can be detected and then selected from a drop-down menu.
Download here: Rufus
YUMI stands for ‘Your Universal Multiboot Installer.’ This software creates a bootable USB flash drive that contains multiple OS’s, antivirus utilities, diagnostic tools, etc. It incorporates Syslinux to boot extracted distributions stored on the USB device. All files are stored within the Multiboot folder to keep your USB drive organized, and it can still be used for storing other files.
Download here: YUMI
It is one of the best tools that allow you to install and run multiple operating systems on an external storage device using an ISO, ESD, VHD, VHDX image file or CD drive as the source of installation. A windows installation USB flash drive can be created in a few simple steps. It features an easy to use wizard interface that gives you step-by-step instructions on how to create a ‘Windows To Go‘ USB drive.
Download here: WinToUSB
Universal USB Installer:
This software allows you to run a live Linux distribution from a USB flash drive. Beginners can start using Linux without damaging the hard drive partitions of the system. Once you prepare a USB drive by selecting the live Linux distribution of your choice, just pop it in the USB drive and restart your computer. The Linux distribution will run automatically.
Download here:Universal USB Installer
WinUSB is an easy to use and quick to learn software that allows you to create Windows multi-bootable USB flash drives. It can be used either with a GUI or from the command line. All you need is a USB flash drive with the minimum space of 4 GB. During the creation process, it will be formatted.
Download here: WinUSB