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Windows XP, USB-Stick and multiple Partitions

I want to make Windows think that my USB drive is a fixed local drive. Is it possible?

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Do you just want to make sure the USB drive has a permanent drive letter? –  Pulse Jul 8 '10 at 13:53

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It's possible on some disks. Basically, there a setting in drive's firmware which windows uses to detect if it's fixed or mobile. Here's a program which is supposed to be able to change the setting:
http://www.getusb.info/flip-your-bit-usb-utility-to-make-local-drive/
Program is Lexar's Bootit and it's reported to work on other flash drives.

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Read here the 4th paragraph.

Nearly all USB flash drives pretend to have a removable media (even it's a lie), so Windows detects them as 'removable'. On drives with a removable media Windows 2000 and higher supports only one partition. Finally it's a single bit in the device's device descriptor, the removable media bit (RMB). If you take away the RMB then Windows sees the drive as 'local disk' and multiple partitions work.

The Removable Media Bit can be changed either in the drive's hardware or by a Windows filter driver. Changing in the hardware works with some flash drives by means of the tool Lexar BootIt.

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What happens when that site is down/offline/gone? –  random Jul 9 '10 at 0:46
    
Well.. the planet will be doomed. I can't copy the answer, cause there is a table form over there. –  Matan Eldan Jul 9 '10 at 12:46
    
Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Tom Wijsman Jul 16 '12 at 2:30

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