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I need to build a USB stick process for new installations of Windows.  It's been a few years since I have done this kind of work so I am not sure where to begin.  Ideally, I would like to be able to simply dump ISO files (Windows or Linux) onto the stick along with other data, and be able to select which ISO to boot from whenever I boot to the stick.  The stick would otherwise function normally.  Assistance in finding/building this solution is greatly appreciated.
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Eric BDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
Not sure about multiple ISO but look at Rufus (https://rufus.akeo.ie/). You can create a bootbale USB with the OS of your choice using the ISO
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
for multiple ISOs I use SARDU created USBs  Check out SARDU at sarducd.it and/or my article on it here.  The newest version of SARDU is different and the number of installs of windows OSes is limited unless you purchase.  But you can by pass this by changing certain ISOs to point to different things and renaming them in the menu.
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frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
I've heard you can also use Grub to do this which is also free I think. What do you think about that option?
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
SARDU uses Grub, among other things.  I have never gone wrong with SARDU.  One of the great things about SARDU is that it has all the links to the free ISOs built in (downloading is the longest part).  Not only are there places for you to put the windows install ISOs, but also a ton of AntiMalware/AV ISOs, 'NIX ISOs, General cleaning ISOs, and even a section to put your own files (extra).  I have a USB stick with everything on it. About 20gb of the ISOs from SARDU downloads and 10gb more of my own stuff.
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Eric BDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
SARDU looks pretty cool! Just downloaded it. Trying to figure out how to add my own (Win 7 Pro) ISO. I think that is an excellent solution provided by Thomas.
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
Glad I could help.  There is an excellent forum on the SARDU site.  In terms of adding your own win7 ISO if it is just  the one it is easy -

go to windows tab
right click on the windows install 8 and select search iso
in the file name field enter *.* and press enter
select the iso
When you are done you can right click again and rename the item to read something like "Windows 7 x64 installer"
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
You can also use the extra menu and select the Add Extra ISO to add your own
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Seems like you're pretty much going to use Sardu, just an alternative:

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
I don't particularly like YUMI.  I compared yumi and Sardu here.   Let's just say that yumi came out wanting.  I haven't looked at YUMI since I did that article, but I was unimpressed at the time.
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frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
I wasn't able to figure out Grub or Sardu quickly enough.  Yumi seems a little more intuitive.  We will see how that goes, time permitting.

All I really want to be able to do is drop ISO's onto the disk along with other files and folders.  That's it.
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
If that is what you want just use drag and drop.  That w won't make the stock Bootable though. For a true multiboot stick, you need something like SARDU. YUMI is good,  but the interface is a little less useful and the end product was nearly useless to me.
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frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
Sardu has one for Windows and one for Linux.  I want a one-size-fits-all solution if I can get it.  Testing...
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Have you considered a Zalman enclosure that emulates a CD/DVD/BluRay optionally - for example this USB 3 device: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0ZX2C40409&cm_re=zalman_enclosure-_-17-379-027-_-Product (just copy the ISO images into an _ISO folder and use the rocker to select which one you want to boot).  I keep about 30 different ISOs on mine.
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
Not sure what you mean by one for Windows and one for Unix. SARDU is a Unix based not drove creator  (as areally most of the Bootable USB creators). I like the idea of the Zalman.
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frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
I see.  I'll give Sardu another look.
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
Lee,

I looked at the Zalman device. Is it as good as its' advertising?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I use mine all the time.  On some older hardware, it CAN have issues where the hardware doesn't see it as a CD-ROM to boot off of.  But on those rare occasions, I keep a laptop and the Windows 7 USB / DVD download tool handy and just make a flash drive as necessary.  It's otherwise very handy for me.
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frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
Ok, planning to revisit this
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