Can I partition a USB Keychain?

Intel / Dq35jo
June 25, 2009 at 11:09:27
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate, 2 GHz / 4025 MB
Can I partition a USB Keychain? It is 8GB in size and I would like to use it as an emergency boot disc ... preferably using Bart PE.

I have tried using several formatting/disc utility tools but have had no success. I would like to have a 500 MB FAT partition and the remaining space as NTFS for storage. Of course, none of this may even be possible but I would love to use it this way.

Any knowledge on the subject would be appreciated. Thank you.


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June 25, 2009 at 11:22:24
That is a new name for a USB flash drive.

First of all, your computer must be capable of boot from that USB device. Check in the BIOS (setup) for boot options.

If that is the case, then the device needs to be boot able. Simply copying files to it doesn't make the drive boot able.

No real need to make two partitions. Flash drives are not very dependable so using one as a storage medium is not a good idea. They are best suited for transfer/transport of files.

Using FAT32 on the flash drive would be better. Easier recovery, should that be necessary.

One other point to mention is that you should always maintain at least two copies of any data you want to keep.

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June 25, 2009 at 11:35:31
Thank you for the info, but I already have a working bootable flash drive on 256MB keychain.

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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