Ventoy on Manjaro i3

Ventoy is a great tool that allows one to very easily create a bootable multi-boot live OS USB flash drive. When installed, the Ventoy USB will be presented as a FAT32 partition. This is where you can simply copy and ISO image and Ventoy does the reset!

You can find the Ventoy package on the Arch Linux AUR.

[[email protected] ~]$ pamac search ventoy-bin

Install the required package with:

[[email protected] ~]$ pamac build ventoy-bin

Insert the USB disk that you’ll be using to install Ventoy on. You can use the lsblk command to help you identify which device that is.

$ lsblk -f

The last device you plugged in should be at the bottom of the list. This was sdj for me.

[[email protected] ~]$ lsblk -f /dev/sdj
sdj  ntfs         STORAGE          D8822FCF822FB144

Once you are sure you have the correct device, you can install Ventoy using the below command.

$ sudo ventoy -i /dev/sdj

This will run through an interactive installer like so:

      Ventoy: 1.0.35  x86_64
      longpanda [email protected]

Disk : /dev/sdj
Model: SanDisk Ultra (scsi)
Size : 14 GB
Style: MBR

You will install Ventoy to /dev/sdj.
All the data on the disk /dev/sdj will be lost!!!

Continue? (y/n) y

All the data on the disk /dev/sdj will be lost!!!
Double-check. Continue? (y/n) y

Create partitions on /dev/sdj by parted in MBR style ...
mkfs on disk partitions ...
create efi fat fs /dev/sdj2 ...
mkfs.fat 4.1 (2017-01-24)
mkexfatfs 1.3.0
Creating... done.
Flushing... done.
File system created successfully.
writing data to disk ...
sync data ...
esp partition processing ...

Install Ventoy to /dev/sdj successfully finished.

Using a file manager, you should now see you have an empty partition called Ventoy you can mount:

You can now copy the ISO images you want to boot into, to this partition.

Ventoy will automatically populate the boot menu entries for each image.

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