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Old 04-21-2013, 04:53 AM   #1
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How to: Bootable USB drive with one installed distro, and two bootable installations ?

My introduction thread:

Now the description of my situation: MicroSDHC card (USB drive) i have is 32GB (29,7GB) big, on some 18GB my mobile phone are pictures and videos taken by my mobile phone, various Symbian mobile phone and Windows apps, navigation maps..etc...this is classic non-bootable FAT32 partition.

Rest of the empty space on the MicroSDHC card is now unallocated (about 11GB) and i made it with Windows app called "MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition".

I decided on that empty space (currently unallocated) to install a "multiboot tool" with one live bootable distro of Kubuntu 12.10 64-bit and two bootable installations, first one of "Windows 7 Ultimate x86 and 64-bit" (i have them both on bootable DVD, but as well on my hard drive in single ISO file) and the second one of the Kubuntu 12.10 64-bit (downloaded on my hard drive in ISO file format).

Now the question is how to do that ?? I know i can easily burn a bootable DVD with Kubuntu 12.10 64-bit installation and install it after formatting unallocated space during the installation on that currently unallocated space on my USB drive, as well i can easily made a multiboot tool of Kubuntu 12.10 and Windows 7 installations after formatting unallocated space on the USB drive in Windows in FAT32 with programs like "XBoot" or "YUMI".

But i want a "multiboot tool" of one live bootable distro "Kubuntu 12.10 64-bit" and two bootable installations, one of "Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit and 64 bit" and the second one of the "Kubuntu 12.10 64-bit", and maybe even the third one of "Kubuntu 12.10 32-bit" (still it will be good if i can merge it, or find it in one ISO file together with Kubuntu 12.10 64-bit, but it's not so important, still if someone have a clue where to find it, i'll appreciate)...

How to made that ? Do i maybe need to split that unallocated partition space on two parts (partitions) and then on one partition install a bootable distro of Kubuntu 12.10 64-bit and on other partition to make (install) a "multiboot tool" with "YUMI" or "XBOOT" which will have an options to install Win7 Ultimate 32&64-bit and other Linux distros (in my case Kubuntu 12.10 64 and Kubuntu 12.10 32-bit) ?

Now, which bootloader to use and how to chainload them ? Maybe i can do that with GRUB2 of installed bootable distro of Kubuntu 12.10 64-bit which will have in "Advanced options" (hope i can made it in "GRUB customizer" in booted Kubuntu12.10 64-bit on my USB) a chainload to Syslinux bootloader made by "XBoot" which will be a multiboot tool of "bootable installations of Windows 7 Ultimate and Kubuntu 12.10" or "vice versa", a Syslinux bootloader with "bootable installations of Windows 7 Ultimate and Kubuntu 12.10" which would chainload to GRUB2 from where i can boot installed distro of Kubuntu 12.10 ?

Graphically described (what i would love to have on my USB):

Syslinux bootloader:
1. Windows 7 Ultimate 32&64bit installation option
2. Kubuntu 12.10 64-bit installation option
3. Kubuntu 12.10 32-bit installation option (maybe)
4. Chainload to GRUB2 bootloader:
1. Kubuntu 12.10 64-bit
2. Advanced option for Kubuntu:
2........ (recovery mode)
4........ (recovery mode)
5. Memtest 86+


GRUB2 bootloader:
1.Kubuntu 12.10 64-bit
2.Advanced options for Kubuntu:
2........ (recovery mode)
4........ (recovery mode)
5. Memtest 86+
6. Chainload to Syslinux bootloader:
1. Windows 7 Ultimate 32&64bit installation option
2. Kubuntu 12.10 64-bit installation option
3. Kubuntu 12.10 32-bit installation option (maybe)

Please, if someome have some advice, what to do, and how to do that in a best and easiest possible way (i am doing this first time, i never done before such a thing, but i love to learn ? I maybe wrote too much, but i want to describe exactly what i want, if something you can't understand what i wrote, feel free to ask me, i 'll really appreciate your help.

Thank you very much in advance.

Last edited by Okruglica; 04-21-2013 at 05:30 AM. Reason: Better description
Old 04-21-2013, 08:09 PM   #2
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Will you fit all that on 11Gb?

If you wish to save space, I see an option.

Use the Kubuntu 12.10 32-bit iso for both 32 and 64bit systems.

the boot menu allows to install or a live os.

I say 32bit because 64bit won't work with 32bit machines, but the reverse is true,
although the 64bit resources may not be used to it's full potential.

With some of the space you have saved you would setup a /home directory for other iso's and tools.
Your idea looks good.

Last edited by GlennsPref; 04-21-2013 at 08:10 PM. Reason: other iso's and tools


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