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. Installation FAQ  - 

  1. Can I install Ventoy to local disk ?
  2. Yes !    You can install Ventoy to USB drive, Removable HD, SD Card, SATA HDD, SSD, NVMe ...
    In Windows, Ventoy2Disk.exe will only list the device removable and in USB interface type by default. If you want you can toggle Show all devices option, then all the devices will be in the list.
    In this case you must take care about the list and make sure to select the right disk.
    In Linux, you need to specify the device to install Ventoy which can be a USB drive or local disk.

    It should be specially noted that, no matter USB drive or local disk, all the data will be lost after install Ventoy, please be very careful.

  3. Ventoy2Disk.exe can't enumerate my USB device
  4. In Windows, some processes will occupy the USB drive, and Ventoy2Disk.exe cannot obtain the control right of the USB drive, so that the device cannot be listed.
    Some known process are as follows:
    1. Paragon ExtFS for Windows
    2. ParagonMounter
    3. DokanMounter
    4. ext2fsd

  5. Ventoy2Disk.exe always failed to install ?
  6. Please refer When Ventoy2Disk.exe Failed to Install

  7. Ventoy2Disk.exe always failed to update ?
  8. Please refer When Ventoy2Disk.exe Fail to Update

  9. Can I reformat the 1st (bigger) partition ?
  10. Yes. You can reformat it with FAT32/NTFS/UDF/XFS/Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 filesystem, the only request is that Cluster Size must greater than or equal to 2048.
    You can use these commands to format it:
    1. Format NTFS in Windows: format x: /fs:ntfs /q
    2. Format UDF in Windows: format x: /fs:udf /q
    3. Format Ext4 in Linux: sudo mkfs -t ext4 /dev/sdb1
    4. Format XFS in Linux: sudo mkfs -t xfs /dev/sdb1

. Boot Process FAQ  - 

  1. What kind of BIOS does Ventoy support ?
  2. x86 Legacy BIOS, IA32 UEFI, x86_64 UEFI, ARM64 UEFI and MIPS64EL UEFI

  3. Can't boot in UEFI, some Secure error ?
  4. Secure Boot is supported since Ventoy-1.0.07, please use the latest version and see the Notes.

  5. Fuzzy screen when booting Windows/WinPE
  6. Please refer: About Fuzzy Screen When Booting Window/WinPE

  7. Can't install Windows 7 ISO, no install media found ?
  8. Most likely it was caused by the lack of USB 3.0 driver in the ISO.

  9. Checksum image file
  10. When you run into problem when booting an image file, please make sure that the file is not corrupted.
    After you boot into Ventoy's menu, press c to enter grub shell and run the following command to calculate its checksum value. (The command will take long time)
    md5sum $vtoy_iso_part/xxx.iso (You can also use sha1sum/sha256sum/sha512sum )

    Note that it is not recommended to calculate the checksum under the OS due to the interference of file cache.

. Boot Menu FAQ  - 

  1. Where can iso files be placed ?
  2. You can put the iso file any where of the first partition. Ventoy will search all the directories and sub directories recursively to find all the iso files and list them in the boot menu.

  3. How to suppress iso files under specific directory ?
  4. You can put a file with name .ventoyignore in the specific directory. When ventoy detects this file, it will not search the directory and all the subdirectories for iso files.

  5. $xxx.iso was shown in boot menu
  6. Probably you didn't delete the file completely but to the recycle bin.

. Plugin FAQ  - 

  1. Where should ventoy.json be placed
  2. ventoy.json should be placed at the 1st partition which has the larger capacity (The partition to store ISO files). Do NOT put the file to the 32MB VTOYEFI partition.
    After install, the 1st larger partition is empty, and no files or directories in it. You need to create a directory with name ventoy and put ventoy.json in this directory(that is \ventoy\ventoy.json).