Create 2 partitions on a USB Flash Drive?

June 25, 2009 at 11:58:06
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate, 2 GHz / 4025 MB
What I want is to use my 8GB flash drive, creating one FAT or FAT32 partition to use for booting in emergencies (easily updated instead of reburning a a CDR), and utilize the other partition as NTFS for file storage. Can this be done?

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#1
June 25, 2009 at 13:10:45
Sure,

You can use tools like netbootin an live creator to just use it like it is.

Almost all linux live cd's can easily do that. Most times you need the HP tools to do that in MS.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#2
June 25, 2009 at 14:02:53
Hi Jefro,

That sounds interesting. I had not heard of Live Creator and I shall check it out. I am still unsure as to how I can create 2 different partitions on the USB Flash drive.

I have tried unsuccessfully with some USB tools, even plain disk management software and none seem to simply allow me create more than one partition. Usually they just allow me to format the entire drive, add system files and things like that.

I'll look at the ones you suggested and see if they can help. I want to have a USB flash drive that I can use to boot from and perform maintanence, virus/spyware scan ... things like that, and have a second partition to simply store files. Usually when these flash drives are made bootable, they work in a FAT system and in my case, all of the extra space on the flash drive would be wasted. I just want to be able to use every last bit of available space on it.

I'll report my experience after. Cheers!

Cartman


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#3
June 25, 2009 at 14:13:38
http://www.pendriveapps.com/bootit-...

Not sure there is a real good reason to make partitions. See the above to do it.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#4
June 25, 2009 at 14:21:08
Thank you Jefro. UNetbootin looks very helpful. And Bootit looks exactly to be what I need.

Can't thank you enough.

Cartman


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