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.
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
Maybe something about antivirus software or Windows Defender. Besides, you can delete all the partitions with other tools and then try again.
If you still fail after various attempts, it is recommended to use Ventoy LiveCD to install, please refer to Notes
Yes. You can reformat it with FAT32/NTFS/UDF/XFS/Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 filesystem, the only request is that Cluster Size >= 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
x86 Legacy BIOS, IA32 UEFI, x86_64 UEFI, ARM64 UEFI and MIPS64EL UEFI
Secure Boot is supported since Ventoy-1.0.07, please use the latest version and see the Notes.
This generally happen when boot Windows/WinPE in Legacy BIOS mode and is generally related to the screen resolution.
Use F5 Tools ----> Resolution Configuration to change the resolution before boot the image.
In most cases, choosing a smaller resolution will be better, for example 800x600x16 800x600x32 1024x768x32
Most likely it was caused by the lack of USB 3.0 driver in the ISO.
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
Note that it is not recommended to calculate the checksum under the OS due to the interference of file cache.
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).