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    Default REAL install on USB flash-drive

    Hello,

    I tried to do a REAL install using the Backtrack installer on my 4 GB USB flashdrive with the following options:

    source: /boot
    install backtrack to: /mnt/sda1_removable
    write MBR to: /dev/sda

    I choose the real install (2700MB), because I want to be able to save configuration changes and add some software (nessus)

    But... after one hour of installing the USB flash drive will not boot. I say something like "no system disk or disk error".

    I tried to play someting with syslinux, but with no succes....

    any idea's ?

    greetings,

    Haakneus

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    Default The same issue with external usb hdd

    Hello

    I have the same problem with my external usb hdd. I installed bt2 on it, but after it, it doesn't boot. But til now, nobody has helped me! :-(

    have a look on my post:
    ttp//forums.remote-exploit.org/showthread.php?t=6077

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    Default Same Problem

    Same thing with my flash drive. Tried it over and over, used fdisk, then tried with qtparted, nothing would work
    wont work when installing to vmware either.
    After googling forever, it seems many people are having this issue, but i have not found one post to answer the way of correcting this problem.
    I don't see why it wont work, or why there is not help for this issue.
    wtf?

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    Alright, after like 2 weeks, i finally got it to boot from the HD.
    Try this, i found it in another post on this forum
    fdisk -l should give you something like this
    /dev/sda1 * linux 83
    /dev/sda2 swap 82
    /dev/sda3 linux 83


    "nothing should be mounted : type mount to make sure.... umount anything that has /dev/sda*

    from there... you should format the 3 drives
    mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda1
    mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda3
    mkswap /dev/sda2
    swapon /dev/sda2


    from there
    bt ~ # cd /mnt
    bt mnt # mkdir boot
    bt mnt # mkdir bt2f
    bt mnt # mount /dev/sda1 boot
    bt mnt # mount /dev/sda3 bt2f


    and then using the installer
    Source (BackTrack CD): <leave this blank>
    Install BackTrack to: /mnt/bt2f
    Write MBR to: /dev/sda
    Install"

    sucks not that many people are will to help out. But there you go, should work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookymonsta View Post
    sucks not that many people are will to help out. But there you go, should work.

    Cookymonsta, many thankx for your reply!

    my USB-stick is booting now, but the boot sequence wil not finish completely.

    The last 4 lines are:

    RAMDISK: Couldn't find valid disk image starting at 0.
    VFS: Cannot open root device "803" or unknown-block (8,3)
    Please append a correct "root=" boot option
    Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount rout fs or unknown-block (8,3)

    I tried this on my laptop and on my desktop computer, with the same result.
    I also tried to change the lilo.conf, but without any result...

    anybody an idea to solve this one?


    greetings,

    Haakneus.

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