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    Arrow BT4 USB installation noob-proof [TUTORIAL]

    Here's one for you. It saves changes.
    It's pretty easy and short.

    To install BT4 Pre Final on a pen drive you can use the hard disk installer.
    It's pretty basic.
    1. Take an empty pen drive (this tutorial requires an 8 GB min. USB drive, for smaller look under the alternative methods)
    2. Get bt4-pre-final.iso
    3. Burn it with nero or whatever (use low writing speed)
    4. Boot the live CD, startx and run install.sh - you may get the "Language failed with exit code 10" - don't worry just continue
    5. Follow the instructions and when you get to the partitioner use 'Guided - use entire disk' and select sdb (you should have inserted your USB after the live CD booted - please do check the partitioner for your USB - it might be marked sdc, sdd ...) thnx Snakerdlk
    6. Finish the rest of the steps and at step 7 choose advanced and select /dev/sdb1 for the boot loader
    7. It will then perform all the necessary steps to create the USB. (Be patient - it will take some time to copy all the files from a CD to a USB)

    Grub will be updated with any eventual systems you have installed but they will not be bootable (which is normal because you are booting from a USB stick), so you can simply edit the menu list (nano /boot/grub/menu.lst) and remove the fake loaders. BT will be listed as Ubuntu 8.10 (this should be obvious but I did say noob-proof).

    Some tips

    - you should use the login and pass that you entered during the installation
    - if you switch to root before you start kde (sudo -i) you will use KDE as root (also should be obvious but again I did say N-P)
    - you can use gparted if you don't like how the installer arranged your partitions

    Alternative ways

    1. BackTrack USB install video

    Just make a boot partition of about 1.5 gigs. Then make the rest of the usb stick for everything else. That should easily cover your needs.
    It is not science ( partition layouts) but really it is more like art.
    thnx archangel.amael

    2. Up and running BackTrack >> USB Install

    This is a video using unetbootin. (Probably will fail for 4 GB USB too so use a larger one)

    Thnx for the contributions!

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    This one won't save changes, will it?
    If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough -- Albert Einstein

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    Yes it will.
    Just tested, the installer created an ext3 partition. I just resized it for a better fit.
    Now let's see some noobs not getting this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by #mfBaranian# View Post
    Yes it will.
    Just tested, the installer created an ext3 partition. I just resized it for a better fit.
    Now let's see some noobs not getting this one.
    That's good to know. Life will be much easier with BT4 then...
    I know many had hard time with BT3.....errrrrrr including me....
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    Cool, I looked yesterday and didn't see the boot and BT4 folders BT4 beta created.

    I have a 4gb pen drive and want to also install gnome persistently.

    Should I divide the two partitions on the pen drive around 1.5gb / 2.5gb would you say?

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    nice.

    also works from 1st live usb to 2nd usb......same process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by #mfBaranian# View Post
    6. Finish the rest of the steps and at step 7 choose advanced and select /mnt/sdb1 for the boot loader
    Sorry, but shouldn't it be /dev/sdb1 ?

    Great tutorial, thanks!

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    Yeah, sorry... Thanks for the correction [edited]
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    just hope the noob doesn't have more than one SATA hdd...and it's identified by /dev/sdb...

    Anyways, I prefer the "extract iso to root of pendrive", run "/boot/bootinst.bat", verify that the drive letter is the same as the pendrives', check for errors and boot the damned thing...

    (It doesn't get easier than that...)

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    Default Try UnetBootin to install BT2, 3 or 4 to Jump drive...

    Just use Unetbootin you can find it on sourceforge....

    hxxp://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

    I don't think it gets much easier than this....Hope you guys find it helpfull

    great for No0bs!!!

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