Using flash drive both to boot a LiveCD and to share data between OSes
I have Linux, Windows XP, and Mac OS X computers in my household. I have purchased a 16GB flash drive recently, my first flash drive so bear with me here.
What I would like to do is partition the flash drive using fdisk and put a few different LiveCDs (Knoppix, Ubuntu, etc.) onto different partitions. I'll then install and configure grub to boot to the different OSes. What I would then like to do is to leave one extra partition which will be formatted using a filesystem that my Linux, Windows, and Mac can all read from/write to (FAT32?), so that I can use the flash drive to share data between all 3 OSes.
So, I have two questions:
1) Does anyone have experience with doing something like this, that can tell me if splitting the USB stick into several partitions will cause Windows and/or Mac OS X not to recognize the partition I want to use to share data? I would hope that Windows would treat it somewhat like it treats a hard drive during a Windows install... that is, it would make available partitions which are formatted using filesystems that Windows knows how to use, and ignore those that it doesn't... but I am not sure.
2) Is there any filesystem that is better than FAT32 (performance-wise), which can freely be read and write to by all three OSes? I'm pretty sure the answer to this one is no.
Thanks in advance!
Last edited by retrovertigo; 05-01-2008 at 05:23 AM.