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I just recently RMA'd my 32gb OCz Rally2 flash drive as it was experiencing some intermittent connectivity.
I received an 32gb OCz ATV as a replacement, as the OCz rep was kind enough to offer this. I had an ATV years ago, loved it, but lost it at school frown.gif

I used to be able to use Lexar's BootIT to flip removable bit and have my flash drive appear as a hard drive - I could then format it and create multiple partitions (one bootable, and one for storage). Unfortunately, this tool no longer works frown.gif

Does anybody know a tool or a way to have my USB drive recognized as a HDD so I can do this?
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EaseUS Partition Master

How to partition removable storage device like USB flash drive, memory card, etc?

USB hard drive Partition Solution (same software, different feature)
Edited by gymenii - 5/12/12 at 6:26pm
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EaseUS Partition Master
How to partition removable storage device like USB flash drive, memory card, etc?
USB hard drive Partition Solution (same software, different feature)

Hmm, at first I wasn't sure this would do the trick. It only allows one active partition at a time, so only one of my partitions could be seen in Windows. However, I found that it might be beneficial that way. Now, my Hirens Boot CD partition is hidden in Windows, and all that appears is the storage partition. But when booting up a PC, I can boot from the hidden HBCD partition.

Best of both worlds smile.gif Would like to know if there is a way to add/remove files from the hidden partition though
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Not in windows, though it's very easy to do w/Linux. My USB boot has 12.4 desktop, 2nd partition is windows NTFS which I use for document/data/work backups or whatever, its a pain sometimes but it works... If you come across a tool like BootIT, or gets an update please PM me.
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Not in windows, though it's very easy to do w/Linux. My USB boot has 12.4 desktop, 2nd partition is windows NTFS which I use for document/data/work backups or whatever, its a pain sometimes but it works... If you come across a tool like BootIT, or gets an update please PM me.

Will do. I have a copy of BootIT, used to work on my old OCz drives before RMA frown.gif I found that in order for me to create my setup properly, I had to first create the storage partition as a primary drive, then create a boot partition as primary so it becomes the only drive that appears in windows, turn the storage to logical, install the necessary bootloaders etc on the boot partition, then turn the storage back into a primary so it becomes the drive recoginzed in windows. Odd series of steps but if I do it any other way either the boot partition becomes logical (doesn't work), or the boot partition becomes the one visible in windows, which puts no use to the storage partition. This way, They are both configured as primary partitions, the storage is the one recognized in windows.
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Glad it worked for you! As long as it does what you need, thats all that matters thumb.gif
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Glad it worked for you! As long as it does what you need, thats all that matters thumb.gif

After a little testing, it does and it doesn't. I can boot from the hidden partition, which contains a bunch of useful applications built into a copy of mini-xp, but once booted into mini-xp I don't have any of the applications that are supposed to be there. I'm guessing this has to do with the fact that the partition is hidden. So I lose 90% of the functionality I wanted from the boot drive =/
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