You can now use Ventoy without deleting data on USB sticks

Ventoy is a popular open source tool for creating bootable media. What sets it apart from other solutions like Rufus Universal USB Installer or Media Creation Tool batch is that it accepts images, for example ISO files, and supports multi-boot scenarios.

It adds the main files to the USB device and all you need to do is copy some disk images like Windows or Linux images to the device to boot them using the USB device.

Until now, Ventoy deleted all data from the USB device when you select the install option in the app interface. The latest version of the program changes this because now you have the option to keep the data on the device. It is called non-destructive installation and can be selected in the interface.

Ventoy 1.0.59 or higher is required for functionality. Simply head over to the developer’s website and download the Linux or Windows version of Ventoy. Unzip the archive, run the executable file, and you are good to go.

Support for the feature is experimental at this point. It is recommended to back up the data before using it at this point.

The developer of Ventoy describes the process on this website documentation page.

  • The USB device must have space for a new partition required by Ventoy.
    • For MBR partition style, if there are already 4 partitions on your disk, it cannot perform non-destructive installation.
    • For GPT partition style, if there are already 128 partitions on your disk, it cannot perform non-destructive installation.
  • The first partition should start at 1MB
    • Both MBR and GPT must meet this requirement to match Ventoy’s disk layout. In Windows, the 1st partition starts at 1 MB by default.
  • The first partition must be NTFS, not another file system.
    • This is because Windows APIs only support NTFS shrinking. For FAT32, you can do a non-destructive conversion to NTFS first.
  • The first partition needs free space.
    • Non-destructive shrinkage needs free space.
      It’s also OK if you already have enough unused space (32MB +) after the 1st partition. (So ​​we don’t need to shrink the 1st partition anymore).
  • The first partition must have a drive letter.

Select Options> Non-destructive installation to install Ventoy on the device without deleting existing data.

Closing words

Although it is usually better to use a blank USB device or one without important data, sometimes such an option may not be available. If you only have one USB device, with the data you need, the new Ventoy option can be useful as it keeps the data on the device.

Nevertheless, it is recommended to back up the data, if possible, to avoid encountering problems with the experimental implementation. The feature worked well during testing.

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You can now use Ventoy without deleting data on USB sticks

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You can now use Ventoy without deleting data on USB sticks

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An overview of the new functionality of Ventoy to install it on USB devices without deleting the data that is on these devices. Ventoy creates bootable USB media using disk images.

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Martin Brinkmann

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Ghacks Technology News

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