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#1 Night Train

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Posted 27 December 2015 - 03:04 AM

Well, the title says it all. I'm attempting to create a multipurpose AIO USB stick for everyday use. So far I've been able to get Mint, Tails, And Hiren's boot cd all successfully working off of one device similar to the tutorial found here:

 

http://dann.com.br/grub2-multiboot-usb-linux-mint-tails-and-hirens-boot-cd-luks-encrypted-partition/

However, I'm running into trouble adding Windows 10 to this list. I've done some research but have yet to find a suitable solution for Windows 10.

Is there anyway to add a menuentry to the grub.cfg in order to make this work, or is there a more detailed solution.

I've managed to get the iso to boot using the following menu entry:

    set root=(hd0,msdos5) #this may be different based on which partition the iso files are currently on
    insmod ntldr
    ntldr /bootmgr
The only problem is once I choose "install" the following error occurs:
    
    A media driver your computer needs is missing. This could be a DVD, USB
    or Hard disk driver. If you have a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive with the driver on it,
    please insert it now.

So somehow it can't properly read the files after it starts the setup process.

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Posted 27 December 2015 - 05:18 AM

Try Yumi.

 

I have all my common images and boot disks on a single 32gb USB with it. Very handy.



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Posted 28 December 2015 - 03:30 PM

Try Yumi.

 

I have all my common images and boot disks on a single 32gb USB with it. Very handy.

 

After some tinkering I was actually able to get this working with Yumi. Thanks a lot!

 

I have a secondary question that may require another thread. Now that truecrypt is gone, is there another way to create an encrypted volume or folder that can be opened on multiple platforms?



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Posted 28 December 2015 - 04:20 PM

 

Now that truecrypt is gone,

Truecrypt is still safe to use.



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Posted 28 December 2015 - 04:43 PM

Spot on Nick. The encryption algorithms in Truecrypt are a long way from being broken.

 

That being said there are a handful of vulnerabilities that have been fixed in an offshoot project of Truecrypt, named Veracrypt. I am unsure if the created volumes are are multi-platform accessible. I would assume so, though no Windows machine here to test it...


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Posted 28 December 2015 - 04:57 PM

 

 

Now that truecrypt is gone,

Truecrypt is still safe to use.

 

 

 

Spot on Nick. The encryption algorithms in Truecrypt are a long way from being broken.

 

That being said there are a handful of vulnerabilities that have been fixed in an offshoot project of Truecrypt, named Veracrypt. I am unsure if the created volumes are are multi-platform accessible. I would assume so, though no Windows machine here to test it...

 

 

Thanks guys, I'll give veracrypt a shot and comment back with the results.


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Posted 28 December 2015 - 06:40 PM

Veracrypt worked perfectly and is most certainly cross platform compatible. I can only create 4GB Volumes due to the restrictions for Fat32, but alas I don't think I can change that.

 

Thanks for the help guys.



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Posted 28 December 2015 - 07:00 PM

Thanks for letting us know. :thumbup2:



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Posted 04 January 2016 - 06:14 AM

Veracrypt must be a good one, rarely do I see a file with SHA512 checksums. 

 

TsVk!, Thanks for introducing this one to us! :thumbup2:

 

Still have a few 4GiB USB sticks, this is far better than Bitlocker could hope to be for these. 

 

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