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Hey guys. Firstly, apologies if this is kinda the wrong section, but its technically storage so why not.

Anyway, I've seen a few multiboot solutions which involve installing a bunch of crap on the stick to get you into things like linux and hirens boot cd.
However, what I am after, is the ability to have say, both 32 and 64 bit Windows 7, Windows vista, XP and service packs/utilities, all on one 16 or 32Gb usb memory stick.

I was hoping to have something like a boot menu pop up from which I could choose which install to perform. However, to do that, it seems to be a lot of hassle. So then I thought, what if I simply partition the memory stick multiple times, and make each partition bootable? As far as I can see there is no reason I couldn't do that with windows disk management, and if I name each partition, I'll easily be able to select what I want to install via the bios, and still be able to use any left over space as storage on the memory stick.

Any thoughts on as to whether this would work or not?
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Are you asking if anyone has done it or are you asking on how to do it?
 
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Both. Asking if it would work, or why it wouldn't work. If anyone has done it, bonus.
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Hmm...well I know single boot works, have not tried dual though....I don't see why it wouldn't since you can partition a flash drive the same as a hdd...and considering ssd's are just big flash drives....seems feasible?
 
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Well, it turns out you can't just partition a USB stick like an HDD without messing with drivers. Even then, the BIOS would only see the first partition.

So after a bit of searching, I found this guide, http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/1204...musb-with-gui/ which explains what you have to do, and has a nifty little program that sets everything up for you.

There's also a link in that guide to another guide detailing how to make an All-in-one windows 7 or Vista DVD, all versions, x86 and x64. Very helpful for saving space on a usb stick. Instead of each version (x86 and x64) taking up 5.3Gb, they now only take up 3.6Gb for all versions. Very nice.

I apologise if everyone here knows all this stuff, and I'm just a slowpoke, but I thought it was interesting so I shared it.
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