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I was wondering, instead of having multiple USB sticks, having an 8gb would suffice if I was about to chose if I wanted to boot from lets say Hiren's Boot CD and windows 7.
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I think you can do it with EaseUS partition master (http://www.partition-tool.com/easeus-partition-manager/removable-device-partitioning.htm). The last time I tried I had an half-ok result though, I could read only one of the partitions.
Try it, just make sure you don't have important data in there.
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I'm using BootIce to do it. You can partition it as a HDD with up to 4 partitions.
However Windows systems will read only one partition, as opposed to any Linux that reads them without issues.

To fix that issue, put a BootIce instance on each partition and then you can simply run the program and mark the one you need as active. wink.gif

I have a 16GB stick that has two Linux distros on it, a Hiren and a storage partition.
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I'll try boot-ice. But to reconfirm, if i plug in the usb as a boot able i'll get the option to select which option i want to boot from?
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I think you'll have to pre-select the active partition you will need from an OS environment (for a Windows setup). All in all yes, it is possible.
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