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SARDU MultiBoot Creator User Manual

This is a "How-To-Use" guide which takes the user through SARDU step by step.

It is an easy to understand overview describing the installation, use and maintenance of the software from when it is first downloaded to the creation of the first MultiBoot USB pendrive.

Download multiple ISO images onto a single bootable USB MultiBoot pendrive

SARDU MultiBoot creator software creates a USB MultiBoot pendrive which allows multiple Live CD ISO files to be downloaded onto a single bootable USB pendrive.
Here you will find the list of ISO images managed by SARDU.

Download the latest version of SARDU

To download the latest version of SARDU, first click on the following link, then download the zip file which is compatible with your operating system.
Extract the contents of the zip file into a folder (please ensure the path only contains alphanumeric characters and no special characters).
SARDU software does not require installation and can be launched by simply clicking on the executable file.

An internet connection is required to register the software (a manual procedure is available and is explained in the FAQ) and download individual ISO images (if not available from another source).

First boot

Once you have agreed to the license terms, we recommend you complete the free registration on the website.
Free registration is optional but strongly recommended, as only registered and/or PRO versions download the updated ISO image database in real time.

SARDU has an integrated downloader to facilitate downloading ISO images from manufacturer websites. The registered FREE version allows one ISO image to be downloaded at a time while the PRO versions allow up to five images to be downloaded simultaneously, adding any other selected images to the download list.

Highlighting a single ISO image -> Right click Download and the ISO image is automatically added to the download list waiting to be processed. The download can be started by clicking the dedicated button or other ISO images can be added to the download list.

Once the ISO images have been downloaded, the red software status icon turns blue, prompting you to read the path where the individual file is available in the assigned column.

The checkbox is then enabled, with which you can select single ISO images to be managed and added to the USB pendrive which SARDU has created.

If you have already downloaded ISO images, you can have SARDU manage them in two different ways which lead to the same result: Double click in the second column, or right click the mouse -> "Search ISO".
Each single ISO image can be selected from different pathways; those previously downloaded, if not otherwise specified, will be downloaded into the subfolder with the name "ISO".

SARDU MultiBoot Creator is able to manage and add multiple ISO images to your USB pendrive in a single operation, however we do not recommend processing more than one or two at the same time.

Finally: create the MultiBoot USB drive

Insert the USB Pendrive into a USB port on your PC and left click the "Detect USB" button

Select all the ISO images you would like to add to your USB pendrive.

Make sure you select the correct USB drive (FAT32 formatting recommended) and check the information in the relative section to make sure there is sufficient space available.

In the same column to the right, click on "Create USB" to begin creation of the MultiBoot USB pendrive.
The time required for the process will depend on the number of ISO images you have selected and the transfer speed of you USB pendrives in use.

How to boot a PC from a UEFI or BIOS Legacy USB drive

This guide also contains a number of tips to ensure the efficiency of the UEFI, or Legacy BIOS mode, boot procedure of your external USB device.

If you are reading this part of the guide, you have probably already created a MultiBoot device using SARDU MultiBoot Creator.

Remember that if you use Windows 10, in order to allow booting from USB and/or permit access to configurations you need to hold down the SHIFT key during shutdown or reboot.

After inserting the USB pendrive into a port on your computer, you will then need to change some of the BIOS, or UEFI boot, settings on your PC:

  • Disable Secure Boot: go to the Secure Boot settings and set them to Disabled; This option is normally located on the Security tab, the Boot tab, or the Authentication/ Security tab.
  • Enable Compatibility Support Module (CSM) and legacy boot support: find and enable CSM boot mode, if it can be configured, enable Legacy boot mode; This option is usually located in the Boot tab.
  • Change the order of BIOS or UEFI boot mode: change the order of BIOS or UEFI boot mode so the USB device option is positioned at the top of the list; This option is usually located in the Boot tab.
  • Enable BIOS Boot Screen (BBS) pop-up: on some PCs, the BBS pop-up option is disabled by default. Enable this option. This option is usually located in the Boot tab.

Save your changes and exit; Reboot your computer.

Normally, during the initial PC Power-On Self-Test ( POST) phases, the message "press Fx key" is displayed (where x is a variable, e.g. F8 or F12 however, as on Asus notebooks, it may also be ESC) to access the boot menu. Use this shortcut to select the bootable device from the list.

Use the shortcut for BBS Pop-up and select your USB pendrive or, having already selected boot from USB (BIOS/UEFI boot mode), you can begin from the USB pendrive created with SARDU.

Bios Shortcut for Desktop

Motherboard
BIOS
Hotkey
Function
Acer
BIOS
Del
Enter Setup
F12
Boot Menu
ASRock
AMI
F2 or Del
Run Setup
F6
Instant Flash
F11
Boot Menu
TAB
Switch Screeb
Asus
Phoenix-Award
Del
Bios Setup
TAB
Display BIOS POST Message
F8
Boot Menu
Alt + F2
Asus EZ flash 2
F4
Asus Core Unlocker
BioStrar
Phoenix-Award
F8
Enable System Configuration
F9
Select Booting Device after POST
Del
Enter SETUP
ChainTech
Award
Del
Enter SETUP
Alt + F2
Enter AWDFLASH
ECS (EliteGrour)
AMI
Del
Enter Setup
F11
BBS Popup
FoxConn (WinFast)
TAB
POST Screen
Del
Setup
Esc
Boot Menu
GigaByte
Award
Esc
Skip Memory Test
Del
Enter Setup/Q-Flash
F9
Xpress Recovery Xpress Recovery 2
F12
Boot Menu
Intel
AMI
F2
Enter Setup
MSI (MicroStar)
Enter Setup

Bios Shortcut for Notebooks

Manufacturer
BIOS
Hotkey
Function
Acer
Phoenix
F2
Enter Setup
Acer
Phoenix
F12
Boot Menu (Change Boot Device, Multi Boot Selection Menu)
Alt + F10
D2D Recovery (disk-to-disk system recovery)
Asus
AMI
F2
Enter Setup
Esc
Popup Menu
F4
Easy Flash
Phoenix-Award
Del
BIOS Setup
F8
Boot Menu
Benq
Phoenix
F2
BIOS Setup
Dell
Phoenix, Aptio
F2
Setup
F12
Boot Menu
eMachines (Acer)
Phoenix
F12
Boot Menu
Fujitsu Siemens
AMI
F2
BIOS Setup
F12
Boot Menu
Gateway (Acer)
Phoenix
Click mouse or Enter
Menu
F2
BIOS Settings
F10
Boot Menu
F12
PXE Boot
HP (Hewlett-Packard) / Compaq
Insyde
Esc
Startup Menu
F1
System Information
F2
System Diagnostics
F9
Boot Device Options
F10
BIOS Setup
F11
System Recovery
Enter
Continue Startup
Lenovo (IBM)
Phoenix SecureCore Tiano
F2
Setup
F12
MultiBoot Menu
MSI (Micro Star)
***
Del
Setup
F11
Boot Menu
TAB
show POST screen
F3
Recovery
Packard Bell (Acer)
Phoenix
F2
Setup
F12
Boot Menu
Toshiba
Phoenix
Esc, F1, F2
enter Setup
Toshiba Satellite A300
F12
Bios

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