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#1 Kishore

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 06:49 AM

Hi Everybody,


                       I want to make a bootable USB pen drive, with Easy2boot or Sardu utility. Apart from that I want to my

disk has an UN-formatable or UN-deletable partition which contains all by boot data, so that it cannot be deleted by other user during normal day to day operation.


      I have seen a relative post on write protected usb in rmprep site.



My question is is it possible to create write protected bootable partition on usb with all boot files.


          Tell me is this possible. If yes, please guide me with a tutorial on the same


Thanking you


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Posted 26 April 2013 - 07:27 AM

Easy2Boot requires the USb drive to be writeable.


You can protect a disk or volume from being written to by Windows if it is NTFS partition by using DiskPart and setting to Read-Only - but this is ignored by linux/dos/pre-Vista OS's.


If your end users will mostly be using Windows, then you could put your boot files on the flash drive 2nd partition - this is normally not accessible under Windows and so users will not be able to delete files. However they can still format the pen drive or access the ptn using a different OS. Easy2Boot will not work however if on the 2nd partition.


If you have a pen drive that has a suitable utility, you can make a CD partition on it or a write-protected partition as described in the article - however be warned that you are likely to trash your USB pen !

#3 MedEvil


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Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:47 PM

If i understand you right, you want to give your USB-Stick to someone else, but he should not be able to alter the contents of the stick.

- find a USB-Stick with write protect switch
- install the data
- open up the casing, unsolder the switch, create with solder a permanent wp switch
- close the casing again
- hand the stick out

Please note: "That some BIOS seem to have trouble booting off write protected USB-Sticks.

The way easier way, imo, is to simple have a master safely tucked away and to reimage the sticks when needed.


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