So, I know that I can install Ubuntu, Windows 7, or OSX from USB. This is useful, as I wish to tripleboot, also a non issue thanks to my good friend rEFIt . This is also useful because when my macbook was like 2 months old, my dearest doggie decided to hurdle its ass off of the couch and on to the floor, denting the entire laptop, and somewhat screwing up the superdrive. It works enough to rip or burn a cd right quick if i leave it perfectly flat on a slightly non level surface such as my counter (its gotta lean down to the right just a hair ). Not too worried about it, I almost never use it, so i'm just going to gut it and slap an extra HDD in there.
Anyways, I kinda borked my osx install, AGAIN , and I wanna install windows to play some games, and Ubuntu for a development environment thats compatible with my University's superetardo development software. So, i just wanna back up my files and start clean. Gonna upgrade my memory and harddrive (I suspect one or the other is an issue as well), grab lion, the latest win7 updated from MSDN, and the latest ubuntu (WITH GNOME ), and do this all. Id like to do it all from USB. Trick is, my USB stick is 1gb, so its kinda naturally time to upgrade a bit. All of the usb tuts i find for all say that 4gb for each is sufficient. My question is if I can do this with one 16gb stick with 4 partitions (1 for each + a storage space), or if i need separate keys. I dont see why I should need separate ones, but generally speaking, fml, so just thought id ask first.
I'm pretty sure you can do this. check out this link
A Multiple Partition USB Stick with Multi Boot OS - MSFN Forum
also (and maybe more what you wanted)