Bootable USB - Windows installation kit and linux rescue partition
First of all I want to thank everybody for past threads and replies and of course in advance for any answers on this post. This forum helped me a lot in the past and this is my first post because I can't find an exact resolution for my issue.
I want to make a bootable USB with 3 partitions.
One to contain my 'Windows XP' installation CD to perform quick installs on different machines.
Another to contain a Linux installation such as Knoppix for 'rescue' purposes. (Partition managers, boot rescuers and different applications I might choose and need)
And the third one, empty for data transfer.
I use a 16GB Transcend USB device and I made the partitions like this:
/dev/sdb1 (13.00 GB) - for data transfer. I want this partition to be the first one, because I saw that 'Windows' can only recognize the first partition from the USB.
/dev/sdb2 (1.00 GB) - for knoppix or any other similar installation
/dev/sdb3 (750MB) - for my windows xp installation iso file
Now, while I find this USB to be really helpful I'm really doing this for learning purposes, therefore I want to use GRUB bootloader to help me choose between the 2 options.
I'll keep my questions to you as simple as I can and try to succeed on my own as much as I can.
1. Please tell me if the command 'dd if=myXPinstallation.iso of=/dev/sdb3' will be enough to transfer all the ISO files to the selected partitions including boot sectors needed to chainload using GRUB.
2. I saw that Knoppix uses a RAM-disk to load the root directory at every boot, therefore I can't install / uninstall software at my choosing. I guess my question is: if I manage to install any linux distro on that partition (with software such as Gparted, memory test, etc) will that installation run on any / multiple computers or just on my own (where the installation was made)?
3. I initially wanted to install GRUB using the dd command 'bs=512 seek=1' and avoid the grub-install script. Is this possible on the USB stick or just on floppies / hdd?
*I choose to play with Knoppix because I've heard that it can detect most hardware without issues and the installation size (700MB) is really compact.
Sorry if this was too long in just one post, I just want to learn anything I can.