Sardu is a powerful program for creating a multi-bootable USB flash drive or disk

I wrote about two ways to create a multi-boot flash drive by simply adding any ISO images to it, third, working somewhat differently is WinSetupFromUSB. This time I found a Sardu program that is free for personal use, intended for the same purposes and, perhaps, it will be easier to use for someone, than Easy2Boot.

I’ll note it right away, that I haven’t fully experimented with Sardu and with all the numerous images, which she suggests writing to a USB stick, but I just tried the interface, I studied the process of adding images and checked the performance, by making a simple drive with a couple of utilities and testing it in QEMU.

Using Sardu to create an ISO or USB drive

First of all, you can download Sardu from the official website sarducd.it - at the same time, be careful, don’t click on different blocks, where it says ‘Download’ or ‘Download’, this is an advertisement. You need to click ‘Downloads’ in the menu on the left, and then, at the very bottom of the page that opens, download the latest version of the program. The program does not require installation on a computer, it is enough to unpack the zip archive.

Now about the program interface and instructions for using Sardu, since some things don’t work quite obviously. On the left side there are several square icons - image categories, available for recording to a multi-boot flash drive or ISO:

  • Antivirus disks are a huge set, including Kaspersky Rescue Disk and other popular antiviruses.
  • Utilities - a set of various tools for working with partitions, disk cloning, reset Windows password and other purposes.
  • Linux - various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Mint, Puppy Linux and others.
  • Windows - on this tab, you can add Windows PE images or Windows 7 installation ISO, 8 or 8.1 (I think, Windows 10 will also work).
  • Extra - allows you to add other images, your choice.

For the first three items, you can either specify the path to a specific utility or distribution yourself (to the ISO image) or let the program download them yourself (by default to the ISO folder, in the folder of the program itself, configured in the Downloader item). At the same time, I have a button, denoting loading, did not work and showed an error, but with the right click and selecting the ‘Download’ item, everything was fine. (By the way, the download does not start immediately by itself, you need to launch it with the button in the upper panel).

Further actions (after, as everyone, What do you need, downloaded and the paths to it are indicated): tick all programs, operating systems and utilities, which you want to write to a bootable drive (the total required space is displayed on the right) and press the button with a USB drive on the right (to create a bootable USB flash drive), or with a disk image - to create an ISO image (the image can be written to disk inside the program itself using the Burn ISO item).

After recording, you can check, how the created flash drive or ISO works in the QEMU emulator.

As I have already noted, I have not studied the program in detail: haven’t tried to fully install windows, using the created flash drive or perform other operations. I also don’t know, is it possible to add multiple Windows 7 images at once, 8.1 and Windows 10 (for example, don’t know, what will happen, if you add them to the Extra item, and there is no place for them in the Windows item). If one of you conducts such an experiment, I will be glad to know about the result. On the other hand, sure, that Sardu will definitely work for the usual virus recovery and treatment utilities and they will work.