Multi Tool/OS install USB

Sandisk 8gb cruzer usb 2.0 flash drive
March 9, 2011 at 09:10:41
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate
Back Story: Here recently I have had some computer repair jobs and so ive had to use the ol'USB Stick (ThumbDrive) and with different uses- whether its using it to reinstall someone's OS or running Hirens Boot CD to clear passwords and infections and ever time I have to switch the files back and forth on the USB to get what tool/OS I need at that time.

(Why I told the back story, idk)


The question:

I know there is a way to use a USB drive that can multiboot to different OS and such but I cannot figure out how to create a menu.lst (a file that you use, thats all I know) so that I can have the options I need to use.

Example:

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Operating Systems

* Windows 98
> Windows 98
> Windows 98 SE
> Windows 98 Boot

* Windows ME
> Windows ME

* Windows XP
> Windows XP Home
> Windows XP Professional

* Windows Vista
> (And so on)

* Windows 7

* Windows 8 (future)
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Tools

* Hirens Boot Cd
> Hirens Boot Cd 13.0


Last update 03/09/2011
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#1
March 10, 2011 at 09:38:54
Bumping for answer.

If its not enough information I can provide more.


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#3
March 10, 2011 at 10:51:35
I understand how to make a USB stick bootable, the problem is creating a menu.lst file for the multiple OS install or Tools I have on the drive.

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#4
March 10, 2011 at 19:55:28
2GB and 4GB flash drives are really cheap these days, why not identify the ones you really need (I doubt you have much call for '98 & ME anymore) and purchase a few inexpensive flash drives and label them, it would be much easier if you need them often. Also, while you are at it, make one for Portable Apps (look it up) it is VERY useful, especially if you need to enable browsing or downloading when a system's browser that does not work, as well as other uses.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
March 10, 2011 at 23:19:14
But then I would have to carry multiple ones and losing them would not be good. If anything I would buy more 32gb or bigger flashdrives for backups if I lost the original.

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