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Partitioning a USB Flash Stick/Card

Postby jimburns » Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:13 am

I'm trying to partition an SD card in half and BIBM proceeds easily enough with its partition tools. However, I can never see the 2nd partition under windows XP Pro or 7. Drive Manager sees the drive, sees the first NTFS partition but not the 2nd FAT32 partition.

This worked well on a 1TB Passport where I needed half of the drive a 500G NTFS and the other half FAT32... but I'm stuck on the micro flash card.

Any thoughts appreciated.

/j
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Re: Partitioning a USB Flash Stick/Card

Postby a1pcfixer » Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:20 pm

Jimburns,

> I'm trying to partition an SD card in half and BIBM proceeds easily enough with its partition tools. However, I can never see the 2nd partition under windows XP Pro or 7.

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Re: Partitioning a USB Flash Stick/Card

Postby DrTeeth » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:04 am

On Fri, 15 Jun 2012 11:13:09 PDT, just as I was about to take a herb,
jimburns disturbed my reverie and wrote:

>Any thoughts appreciated.

You may have to give the second (invisible) partition a drive letter
to make it visible under windows - you do this within windows itself.
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Re: Partitioning a USB Flash Stick/Card

Postby mjnelson99 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:28 am

Will Windows even be able to do that since it cannot create
2 partitions on the flash card itself?
Mary

On 6/16/2012 11:04 AM, DrTeeth wrote:
> On Fri, 15 Jun 2012 11:13:09 PDT, just as I was about to take a herb,
> jimburns disturbed my reverie and wrote:
>
>> Any thoughts appreciated.
>
> You may have to give the second (invisible) partition a drive letter
> to make it visible under windows - you do this within windows itself.
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> Cheers
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Re: Partitioning a USB Flash Stick/Card

Postby jimburns » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:35 am

Yeah.. I'm fighting this one. I'm trying to keep this simple and straightforward but I dunno... an external usb hard drive, wd passport for example, is recognized as a hard drive, even though removable, and windows will see multiple partitions. The flash drive, seen as removable, yet not as a hard drive in and of itself, and windows doesn't want to see mutiple partitions.

I've not yet found a working tool that will make a usb flash/card appear as a hard drive, fixed rather than usb, flash... the lexar utility does not appear to work on my sandisk micro SD cards and appears to have no effect.

So as it stands, I don't yet see any direct way, independent of Windows itself (for example, one option is to use different drivers for accessing the flash drive, but this would involve a configuration change in windows itself), to have a flash drive appear as a HDD. At least not as a straightforward, edit the drive parameters/mbr/whatever, tool.

The other option is a complete multi-boot system, which I'm not totally against, but that would require turning my BIBM "drive" into a bootable ISO and adding to my multi-boot card. Which maybe fine, but my BIBM disk-print is barely 3MB and I'd like to just use it directly off of smaller 1G and 2G microSD cards that have little other value. Even at 1G, it's hard to give BIBM the entire 1G card when it only requires 3MB of space. Still, this method would require being able to build a bootable ISO from either a flash drive or a set of folders, which (see my other post) I've not yet figured out either, as all my ISO tools seem only to support imaging FROM some optical drive directly, not a flash or set of directories! Ugh!

And the biggest rub off all... this should be possible without any of these headaches. There is no reason a removable flash media drive should be specifically PREVENTED from hosting multiple partitions.

Ideas are appreciated.

/j
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Re: Partitioning a USB Flash Stick/Card

Postby DrTeeth » Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:59 pm

On Sat, 16 Jun 2012 09:28:24 PDT, just as I was about to take a herb,
mjnelson99 disturbed my reverie and wrote:

>Will Windows even be able to do that since it cannot create
>2 partitions on the flash card itself?

If it can see it.
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