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Partitioning USB thumb drive

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February 15, 2005 4:17:42 AM

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Hi there,

I'm trying to partition a 128MB USB thumb drive. I'd like to have a
small (~20MB) partition to store things like SSH keys, my X.509
certificate, etc. Ideally, it would be nice to make this parition
read-only to prevent accidential changes (the thumb drive doesn't have a
switch or anything). The rest of the drive should just be a normal
partition for storing every-day files on.

I was able change the partition table so that the drive has a 20MB FAT16
partition and a 100MB FAT16 partition, however Windows XP only assigns a
drive letter to the first (20MB) partition. When I try to assign a
drive letter to the second partition in Disk Management, I get the error
"The operation did not complete because the partition or volume is not
enabled".

How can I convince XP to recognize both partitions?


Thanks,

Nathan
Anonymous
February 15, 2005 4:17:43 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

Depending of the USB flash drive, several models can be set up with a secure
section, with a password access, for storing sensitive data.

The ones I know of:

Sandisk Cruser Mini
Laxar JumpDrive Secure


"Nathan" <no@where.com> wrote in message
news:W4cQd.391956$8l.110399@pd7tw1no...
> Hi there,
>
> I'm trying to partition a 128MB USB thumb drive. I'd like to have a small
> (~20MB) partition to store things like SSH keys, my X.509 certificate,
> etc. Ideally, it would be nice to make this parition read-only to prevent
> accidential changes (the thumb drive doesn't have a switch or anything).
> The rest of the drive should just be a normal partition for storing
> every-day files on.
>
> I was able change the partition table so that the drive has a 20MB FAT16
> partition and a 100MB FAT16 partition, however Windows XP only assigns a
> drive letter to the first (20MB) partition. When I try to assign a drive
> letter to the second partition in Disk Management, I get the error "The
> operation did not complete because the partition or volume is not
> enabled".
>
> How can I convince XP to recognize both partitions?
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Nathan
!