BootIt from Lexar: Headliner ShellCity
This program is one that I have tested in the past and from my experience, BootIt only works on 'special' Lexar flash drives. Meaning that, it will not make your flash drive detected as a non-removable drive. And certainly will not help you in the nearly impossible task of partitioning a FAT/FAT32 or NTFS Flash drive. If anyone has been able to partition out a flash drive using this software, then please post your experience and tell me how, cause you are the an Uber geek!
I think the confusion is between two very similar products: usb hard drives(which usually have their own drivers and always have a MBR) and the cheap usb flash/pen/thumb/pocket/stick drives that are so popular. Perhaps Boot It was an older ware, designed to help BIOS detect the big usb hard drives for booting purposes. I could not find the Boot It app using the regular search on Lexar's site, maybe its just me though. And I don't own a Lexar flash drive, but as far as I can tell, some of them have a special "JumpDrive Secure Partition" on them.
See this webpage:
And from the Lexmark usb secure II page, "Advanced Security Software to Protect Your Data. JumpDrive Secure II Plus comes pre-loaded with advanced security software that lets you protect your data securely, quickly, and easily. You can create multiple password-protected areas called Encrypted Vaults that automatically encrypt your data with on-the-fly 256-bit AES encryption. Use the File Shredder feature to securely and thoroughly delete files so they can't be recovered-giving you complete peace of mind that your data is secure. "
-Well either way the Lexar Secure jump drives have a unique colored gauge that tells you how much space you have left LOL.
I have had a lot of fun making my bootable USB flash drives using WinBuilder,Bart'sPe,Grub,MyahOs,Ubuntu,Hiren'sBootCD,Acronis,etc.. The problem is that to dual/triple boot a usb flash drive you need multiple partitions, and I can't make em to save my life. If you want to make a working bootable XP PE (preinstall environment) on your flash drive, you should really try the last link in this dreadfully long post. Its do-able with 512mb RAM and you will see that XP does 2 usb scans, one at startup and one at the XP logo screen, which causes 95% of the problems with booting from a usb stick.
Here's results of my tests
1) BootIt (fails) - http://www.pendriveapps.com/bootit-lexa ... /#more-455
-it asks me to unplug the pen drive, and says when I put it back in it will be changed. I see no change, using Xp pro.
2) Hardware Method (fails)- http://www.lancelhoff.com/make-windows- ... ocal-disk/
-I did this tutorial and got a little nervous part way through, but I did not notice a difference in the pen drive's detection, it was still removable, but i think the driver name did change. After a restart the driver name reverted back to the original??? that didn't make much sense to me...
3) Single OS bootable USB pendrive
-tutorial for making a basic bootable OS on your USB flash drive. This thing works, because it loads all required files into ram during the 2nd usb scan (during XP logo), thereby allowing the flash drive to momentarily be disrupted without crashing.