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I have a 32GB Sandisk Cruzer Blade usb flash drive.

I use it in many devices such as my car audio system, where they can only read FAT32. I also use it with my Windows, where NTFS is needed since I usually need to transport big files.

I achieved this by installing a custom driver as of this tutorial, which allows me to have the flash drive as a local disk, therefore I could create more partitions and access them, without having to buy more usb flash drives.

The problem is, I got Windows 7 64 bits and the trick doesn't work in x64 versions of Windows, and in my exhaustive attempts (i.e. Qemu with DSL, custom x64 driver) I achieved nothing yet. I need a portable solution like this one, because it allowed me to access the partitions in any new PC I'd use.

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I found the solution for me in this question! A small application that alternates the first partition without having to reboot.

Long story short, you download and run Bootice, go "Parts Manage" > select your new first partition in the table > click "Set Accessible" and it's done already! After that you can just click close and exit.

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This saved my life you have no idea! Trevor Trovalds you rock so effing hard today –  Parad0x13 Jan 21 '13 at 3:24
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I found this forum post, which appears to point to a 64-bit compiled driver. I think this is what you're looking for. Please take appropriate caution when downloading random files, et cetera, et cetera.

For the record, my Google search term was: removable drive bit x64, and that showed up near the top.

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Thanks for your answer! Unfortunately, that was the "custom x64 driver" attempt I mentioned. This one is in fact the x64 version of the previous successful solution, but somehow Seven didn't like the new driver and entered an infinite loop of unsuccessful forced boot recovering attempts. (Gladly, this tutorial got me out of it.) –  Trevor Trovalds Mar 27 '12 at 19:25
Unfortunate. That hack is insane! Replacing registry hives with the defaults during system recovery. I will make a note of that. –  user3463 Mar 28 '12 at 14:56
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