zxx Posted September 8, 2009 Share Posted September 8, 2009 So, I had essentially dead 32GB Kingston DataTraveler G2 that went erratic and slow about a month after I bought it (yes web vendor ignored me as usual :) Ideal piece of hardware for trying crazy things :-) Other folks reported that PeToUSB may not recognize large UDF-s and my first attempt was no different (Vista laptop but with LUA killed => always admin :D), but then when I rebooted with the fawlty Kingston G2 in, all of the sudden it got recognized as size 0 drive. I'll explain the Kingston mess latter -- the point here is if anyone knows sho maintains that PeToUSB -- it might be artificially cutting off drives by size. So, I ran PeToUSB, it errored out, but it left a 1.4 GB primary FAT partition (1403 MB to be exact), recognized as "volume" by disk manager (meaning it let's me delete and re-create and is recognized as fixed drive). Mind you that this Kingston never saw 2 partitions during it's short life and it never saw that speed (15-20 GB/s) either. Therefore, the first question for people more experienced in these matters is - is there a way to pull the same trick but get a larger first partition? PeToUSB, obviously did something special to burn some brainz into this dead horse. An MBR specific MBR trick maybe? Custom FAT/FAT32 tables? Another reboot and the "rest" of the drive showed up, 31,54 GB, but only as a "removable" that can't be recreated, resized or anything and is every bit as slow and erratic as it always was (3.7 MB/s max), wiring garbled file/folder entries into FAT or dir tables when on a faster USB port and/or after 15+ min of continuous file copying. 2nd question - does anyone know a way/tool to repartition this further (on an off chance that Kingston G2 firmware just can't handle large partition sizes) 3rd question - is there way to boot from first USB partition but to keep some data (iso-s, img-s ...) on the 2nd, 3rd ... and make sure that they are discoverable at boot time regardless of which partitions actual hdd in a PC has (probably a device naming/identification question). 4th question - if there's a way to do #3, can other partitions be NTFS? Seems to keep large UDF-s a lot more stable, plus I seem to remember that FAT32 has 4GB as a general compatibility limit. Not that it will necessarily help this broken Kingston, but I bought another 32GB in the meantime and it works too well to try crazy things on it. 5th question - any tool that could create multiple partitions in a way as dirty as PeToUSB, but maybe the one that knows how to do FAT32 or NTFS? Talking nice and clean to this Kingston hasn't helped - I assume that PeToUSB just writes the bytes where it wants without checking much, and while it may break in other cases, it seems to have fixed the nut case :-) so I'm looking for both the "nice" and "dirty" options here. Any other ideas / experiences / tools, ideas on what else to put into that 32GB space (haven't really planned on having 32 GB "boot/live" drive - even XP+2k3 x86+x64 is still "just" a 4 GB ). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.