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#1 techguyone

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:09 PM

Hi I have a 32 GB USB 3.0 flash stick, and I would like to:


Partition it into 2
Make the First partition for storing Windws files, data, pics, etc on
and in the 2nd Partition I would like to install Ubuntu 12.10 on as a Live USB
I would need to be able to boot from USB (My pc supports this) and have Ubuntu showing or boot to windows and see what's in the first partition

Partition sizes prob 50/50 16Gb or so each.

Formatted using NTFS or Fat 32 whatever works best.

I have a Ubuntu 12.10 ISO

I would like either a tutorial (unless one’s there - I did look and couldn’t see)

or a detailed step by step on how to do this, including what software would be needed, RMPrepUSB etc



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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:16 PM

I am not sure to get the actual question.

You want a USB stick capable of booting just UBUNTU from the second partition (and use the first one just as data storage)?

Or you want to boot also a Windows (WHICH one?) from the first partition?

WHY exactly do you need two partitions?

(I mean any reason why you can't boot UBUNTU from .iso?)

 

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:19 PM

I would like to '

You want a USB stick capable of booting just UBUNTU from the second partition (and use the first one just as data storage)?

 

 

Two partitions to keep the areas segregated (LInux/Windows)

I'm guessing by creating a Live USB (Persistent) I'll only need the ISO for creating the linux OS on the flash drive



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Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:14 PM

Then you can boot UBUNTU, and use gparted to create the two partitions on it.

Make both of them primary.

Install UBUNTU on the second one.

Once in Windows (unless you have that stick "flipped" or use a filter driver) you will only see first partition (actually the partition that is in first entry in the MBR partition table).

If for any reason Ubuntu installer doesn't allow installing on the second one, install it to the first and then exchange the partition entries (you might need to modify the GRUB 2 config file to reflect this, adding an entry for the "exchanged" partition), in this case, this may be of use:

http://www.911cd.net...showtopic=24392

 

 

.cheers:

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#5 techguyone

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:35 PM

Good to know its do-able,  as a noob however, I don't know how to do any of that, care to take me through a step by step process?

 

Is it better to boot Ubuntu ( have it dual booting with Vista for now), and partition using that, or should I do it via Windows somehow?

(How do you use Gparted?)

 

Once the usb stick is in 2 partitions, how do I install Ubuntu onto the 2nd partition?

 

Would something like: Universal USB Installer pick up the  2nd partition and work ok ?







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