I'd like to have both live-usb linux distribution and some random data stored on the same usb stick. So that if I plug it in and tell bios to load from it, live partition will be started, and if I just plug it in when some other OS is already running, only the data partition will be visible and will act as a regular usb stick. Is it possible?

  • Depends on whether “some other OS” includes Linux or not. – Daniel B Nov 28 '19 at 14:43
  • It is possible to hide the boot partition from Windows, but not from Linux. Is that interesting for you? – harrymc Nov 28 '19 at 15:00
  • It will also act as a Live Compact Disk even on Linux, as long as the Operating System is already started. – user1018743 Nov 28 '19 at 15:06

Yes, you can do a multiboot USB drive with one or many ISO images inside. If you boot from it, you choose the ISO, but otherwise you can use the stick normally.

  • Why the downvote? It seems to me that's exactly what the OP asked ... – Eduardo Trápani Dec 2 '19 at 12:28

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