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17 Nov 2007
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Multi-boot USB Key with Multiple Partitions - possible?
So I have spent way too many hours trying to get the following environment to work: USB key partioned into multiple primary and logical partitions - each with different OS - using GRUB4Dos as primary bootloader. Here's what I have tried (and failed):

- created partitions using gparted (also tried Windows Computer Management tool)
- installed Grub4dos in MBR using Grubinst from DOS window
- boots fine to G4D main menu
- USB key is also visible in both WinXP and Ubuntu - all partitions visible in Ubuntu, only 1st in WinXP (expected behavior)
- try to view USB partitions in gparted -- fails due to error - cannot read partition table

It seems that Grubinst installs a non-standard boot record, and this is hosing gparted. While I could probably live with this anomaly, it creates the obvious problem that I cannot adjust/repartition/reformat the drive in future.

I have researched G4D extensively, and it seems to the best choice to load various OS's, and lots of people are using it, but why can I not get the MBR installed properly. I have tested against various USB keys and USB hard drives -- same error every time.

Any help would be greatly appreciated -- I am probably doing something wrong that is very basic, but I cannot figure this one out.

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