Create multiple partitions on a USB drive in Windows 10 using MakeWinPEMedia

In Windows 10, you can use MakeWinPEMedia to create multiple partitions on a USB drive. Windows 10 v1703 Creators Update allows you to create multiple partitions on a USB drive so that you can have a single USB key with a combination of FAT32 and NTFS partitions.

Using MakeWinPEMedia to create multiple partitions on a USB

Create multiple partitions on a USB MakeWinPEMedia

To be able to work with USB drives that have multiple partitions, your PC has to be Windows 10, v1703, with the most recent version of the Windows ADK installed.

Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit offers tools to help you customize Windows images for large-scale deployment, and to test the quality & performance of the system.

MakeWinPEMedia can format your drive as FAT32 which has a filesize limit of 4GB. Since you can create a USB drive with both FAT32 and NTFS partitions, you can use a single physical drive to boot to Windows PE as well store large custom images.

The following creates two partitions on a USB drive; one 2GB FAT32 partition, and one NTFS partition that uses the rest of the available space on the drive:

diskpart
list disk
select <disk number>
clean
rem === Create the Windows PE partition. ===
create partition primary size=2000
format quick fs=fat32 label="Windows PE"
assign letter=P
active
rem === Create a data partition. ===
create partition primary
format fs=ntfs quick label="Other files"
assign letter=O
list vol
exit

For more information on how to create a Windows PE (WinPE) bootable USB flash drive or an external USB hard drive visit MSDN here.

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