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11 Dec 2008
Jaclaz, can you please help me. I have spent several days and nights trying to work on a multi-boot USB. Is it possible to have a multi-boot with several partitions, all Fat32, with Grub in the first partition, WITHOUT having to use the hitachi driver to change the usb partitions into looking like hard drives?

Is there a way to direct the configfile command to the appropriate usb partition.

The OS I use is Ubuntu, and the usb drive is a sd card reader, so it is usb but an sd card of 8 GB.

\dev reads my partitions as sdh1, sdh2, sdh3, etc.

I have several OS's each on one partition. If I go into the Ubuntu Partition Editor and change the flag "boot" to any one partition, if I boot up with the usb key, it will boot into that particular OS.

But in the boot/grub/menu.lst on the first partition, I don't know what to refer to for the 2nd, 3rd, etc partitions for the configfile. I have tried sdh2, etc but that has not worked.



QUOTE (jaclaz @ Nov 17 2007, 03:33 PM) *
That's actually most probably the culprit (about the gparted problem):

You actually do not need to install grub4dos to MBR+hidden sectors.

Easily fixable by installing either the Hitachi Microdrive Filter cfadisk.sys or the dummydisk.sys by Anton Bassov.

Actually grubinst, that can be substituted by this Win32 installer:
should NOT touch the bootsector (i.e. first sector of any partition) but surely it overwrites the MBR (i.e. first sector of the whole drive) and a number of the following hidden sectors (depending on version of grub4dos).

Also, please state which exact version of grub4dos you are using, when in doubt always use latest "nightbuild" and if it sdoes not work revert to latest previous "stable" version, see here:

The "safe" way and totally compatible way to install grub4dos is actually NOT to install it, but rather to format First Primary Active Partition of the stick normally with 2K/XP, then have in the ROOT directory:
BOOT.INI with an additional entry as follows:

(if you are booting a PE of some kind you can chainload SETUPLDR.BIN directly from inside it's \I386 or \minint directory)

This way the MBR will be the standard 2K/XP/2003 one (maybe the "hacked" HP USB utility one), all hidden sectors will be 00's and the bootsector of first partition wil be the normal (FAT,FAT32 or NTFS one), so everything will be compatible with everything.


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