1. Joined : Oct 2015
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    Windows 10
       19 Jul 2016 #1

    pen drive partitioning for Windows install, Backup and personal files


    I am thinking to make 3 partition in my pen drive. First one for personal files n folders. Second for bootable Windows installation and third for bootable Macrium Reflect. Am I rightly partitioning. As per my knowledge windows recognize only first partition of pendrive. So I will keep first partition for my documents so that I could access them within windows and as second n third partitions are for windows installation and macrium backup so I can access them while booting. Any suggestions.
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  2. Joined : Jul 2014
    Serbia
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    All kinds
       19 Jul 2016 #2

    Interesting concept, will have to try it one of these days but I think you can make USB bootable and boot only from main partition so MR partition may not be bootable and it needs to be able to work.
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  3.    19 Jul 2016 #3

    One way I think your very cool idea may work: successfully use correct ISO for WinPE [correct?] on one partition, successfully use correct ISO for Macrium Reflect boot on another partition. Then, depending upon which partition you want to boot at the time, you have use some sort of disk management that will recognize and work upon flash drives to mark the desired partition as active. If you're successful, have two of such flash drives, in case one temporarily doesn't work. And, other sources indicate: it is best that those booting partitions exist before any Logical [data] partitions. Please post your success steps, I'm very interested!
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  4. Joined : Jul 2014
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       19 Jul 2016 #4

    2 types of USB sticks: "Removable" and "Basic". Can only be done with Basic (Fixed disk).
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  5. Joined : Dec 2015
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       19 Jul 2016 #5

    topgundcp said: View Post
    2 types of USB sticks: "Removable" and "Basic". Can only be done with Basic (Fixed disk).
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    It is now virtually impossible to buy "fixed disk" drives now without buying the expensive "Windows To Go" certified drives.

    However, you can create multiboot drives from a conventional removeable flash drive, using YUMI.

    How to Create a Multi Boot USB Drive with Yumi: 10 Steps

    As far as I know, each OS is in an iso, and cleverly boots that iso.
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  6. Joined : Oct 2015
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    Windows 10
       19 Jul 2016 #6

    topgundcp said: View Post
    2 types of USB sticks: "Removable" and "Basic". Can only be done with Basic (Fixed disk).
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    Thanks for advising that it can be done only with basic usb.
    How did you converted your removable usb to basic. What about utility lexar boot it
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  7. Joined : Dec 2015
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    Windows10
       19 Jul 2016 #7

    sam9 said: View Post
    Thanks for advising that it can be done only with basic usb.
    How did you converted your removable usb to basic. What about utility lexar boot it
    Unless topgundcp was very lucky, either owning a flash drive already set, or found one that could be converted, none of those utilities have worked for several years. San cruzer did some a few years back, but changed back without telling anybody (and i got caught out thinking I was buying a fixed drive disk).

    You can buy a Windows To Go Drive but way overpriced.

    Of course, I await topgundcp's response in slim hope he can prove me wrong.
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  8. Joined : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro
       19 Jul 2016 #8

    It is much easier to do with an SSD or laptop HDD installed in a USB enclosure.
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  9. Joined : Jul 2014
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       19 Jul 2016 #9

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    It is much easier to do with an SSD or laptop HDD installed in a USB enclosure.
    But that's much larger tan 2 or 3 USB sticks. Actually, I use SD and micro SDs for boot and service disks.
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  10. Joined : Oct 2015
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    Windows 10
       19 Jul 2016 #10

    cereberus said: View Post
    Unless topgundcp was very lucky, either owning a flash drive already set, or found one that could be converted, none of those utilities have worked for several years. San cruzer did some a few years back, but changed back without telling anybody (and i got caught out thinking I was buying a fixed drive disk).

    You can buy a Windows To Go Drive but way overpriced.

    Of course, I await topgundcp's response in slim hope he can prove me wrong.
    Thanks. Me also waiting for his response or someone else to come up with his experience in this matter.
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