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Encrypted USB partition working on Linux but hidden on Windows

Topics: Technical Issues
Mar 3, 2016 at 10:23 AM
That's a Windows Bug. If your usb stick is recognized as removable media, Windows only allows one partition. So any /dev/sdb2 is inaccessible. This bug exists at least since Windows XP.

But I can tell you that I had once a usb stick with multiple partitions working on Windows 7 using Ext2Fsd, that tool not only adds ext3 support to windows but also can work around that bug and allows you to assign drive letters to inaccessible partitions. But that tool has a annoying bug with the uac, the assigned partitions only show up in programs that also were started using the option "As Administrator". This tool provides 3 ways of accomplishing this. One is adding a new item under "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\DOS Devices", another is via DefineDosDevice and the last one is using the internal driver and the tool Ext2Mgr.

May that helps the developers to mirror its properties for circumventing this nasty bug.