You need to burn BackTrack 4 to a blank DVD.
UPDATE: please answer question at bottom (Can someone confirm that you don't need to be able to go into BIOS settings in order to dual boot????)
Hi, READ THIS OUT BEFORE YOU ACCUSE ME OF LAZINESS ... yes I HAVE searched the forums, the FAQ's and the tuts, I have googled like crazy, but it seems that my problem is so basic that no one has bothered to make a thread about it.
I already know how to properly burn an iso to a CD / USB drive, BUT my problem is the actual CD .. do you have to get a 2gb+ CD / DVD for BT4? because I only have 700mb max CD's ... I read somewhere you can split it up and use 2 CD's somehow but it was very confusing for me because I'm very new at this (but I learn fast [; ) is this possible and if so, how?
USB drive is out of the question for me due to problems with the BIOS on my lappy, but I was told that dual boot up was possible without having to go into BIOS and change settings (can someone confirm?)
If one does need a 2gb+ cd/dvd for BT4 then I plan on installing the older versions which are a lot smaller than BT4.
Thanks to anybody who takes the time to read this and/or reply
UPDATE: I've found some 4 gb DVDs lying around my house so that's solved
Can someone confirm that you don't need to be able to go into BIOS settings in order to dual boot????
Now, to answer your question, if you want a bootable "shiny disc" version of BackTrack 4 you need a DVD burner and a blank DVD. To boot from it you will need at minimum a DVD reader. The products that you need to obtain will mention the term "DVD" somewhere on the box.
Read this if you require more information.
basycly the cd rom can support a maximum size of 700Mo.
Now the b4 iso is around 1go so you have to burn it on a DVD ROM (+ or - ) then boot from your cd/dvd rom (you can choose the boot priority on bios or directly when the computer start by pressing F12 --> it depends of your computer look at the boot screen).
In that case you would need to remove the hard drive, put it in another computer that can boot BackTrack, install to that hard drive, making sure you keep the existing Windows install intact by resizing, and then move it back.
This problem has been solved (no thanks to 'Lupin' LOL), and I want to say how it was fixed in case a newbie with the same problem finds this thread!
I'm still not sure what the problem is, later I found out about HWsetup in Toshiba which lets you change the boot order around, however I still could NOT boot from the COUGH DVD HAPPY NOW LUPIN? it would just show a black screen until I force shut down. Resetting the computer to factory settings, taking battery out etc did not work either
What DID work was that I found out Toshiba laptops have a SECOND key config, pressing C to boot directly from whatever's in the CD/DVD drive. LOL. It was almost magical for me. I feel very lucky!
So if anyone has a problem like this in the future I hope I helped.
Being serious for a moment though, I was the only one responding to your last question here, and I was giving you some accurate and relevant advice, even though it was rather generic (as necessitated by the lack of information in your question). Apparently the sting from my taking you to task for using dreadful terminology made you overlook this fact. Never mind.
Lets also overlook the fact that the solution you found to your problem was not related to the question you asked (dual booting), which would of course make providing you with helpful assistance difficult.
Or have we actually run into another terminology problem here? Dual booting refers to the installation of two different Operating Systems on the same hard drive, in order that either one can be used to boot the system. That's the goal I was focusing on when I gave my response. Judging from your last post, you seem to believe that it means "being able to boot from a removable media like a DVD or USB drive". So a bad question results in an irrelevant answer. Maybe now you see why I think using the correct terminology is so important.