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    Thumbs up Solved - Need help installing BT4 on USB HD

    Hello to all

    I got a decent laptop with "standard" OS (guess), and I wanted to install BT4 on USB HD. Reason for that, is that I want to boot into BT4 only when HD is plugged in, and not to install on my laptop HD. My bios is capable of booting from UBS, so this seemed easy...

    - Booted from LiveDVD, clicked install.sh, chose to install to sdb. Formatting lasted over 3 hours (250GB HD), and still nothing. Reboot. tried to install again, formatting over 4 hours, still nothing, still stuck at 5% of installation.

    - Booted up from LiveDVD, clikced on Partition Editor, deleted all partitions on sdb, and created smaller ones. Sdb1 was ext3 (with boot flag) size 50GB, sdb2 was swap with 8GB. Clicked in install.sh again. Installer didn't ask me to format the partitions, and it started to install. Great!

    - Can't load from UBS HD, I get message "Error loading operating system". I don't know much about Linux, I installed GRUB on sdb. GRUB loads, but I still can't boot into BT. I figured that maybe GRUB isn't looking at proper partition. I booted in LiveDVD, mounted drive sdb, and BT appears to be installed. I edited menu.lst in grub directory and added "root (hd1,0)" to first selection, and now I'm getting this error when I choose first choice in grub: "Error 17: cannot mount selected partition"

    How da H3ll do I make my UBS HD boot up?
    Last edited by BushRat; 02-09-2011 at 06:43 PM. Reason: Problem solved.

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    Default Re: Need help installing BT4 on USB HD

    man what do you want to do exactly .. if you want to install it on the hard disk so next step you mentioned is right..
    and if you like to install it on usb flash memory, ok its easy ..
    go google and search on unetbootin
    download it
    open it,,choose the operating system backtrack and select the iso image
    thats all boy,so easy
    ---> 3v3RY D4y P4ss3S 1 f0uNd N3W th1NGs <---
    Knowing how 2 use BT dsnt mean that u r hacker

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    Default Re: Need help installing BT4 on USB HD

    If you want a persistend bootable thumb drive (meaning any work or files you create will be saved between sessions), then you should follow these instructions.

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    Default Re: Need help installing BT4 on USB HD

    better option download linux usb creator

    http://www.linuxliveusb.com/
    select your thumdrive
    select your iso
    then select how much persistant space you want
    you can have it to boot with virtualbox in windows if you leave the appropriate box ticked

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    Default Re: Need help installing BT4 on USB HD

    Quote Originally Posted by r083rt View Post
    better option download linux usb creator

    http://www.linuxliveusb.com/
    select your thumdrive
    select your iso
    then select how much persistant space you want
    you can have it to boot with virtualbox in windows if you leave the appropriate box ticked
    VERY nice tip r083r7! I had not heard of that utility before. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Need help installing BT4 on USB HD

    Instructions in the HOW TO section work great
    USB Live « BackTrack Linux – Penetration Testing Distribution

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    Default Re: Need help installing BT4 on USB HD

    Quote Originally Posted by parrotface View Post
    Instructions in the HOW TO section work great
    USB Live « BackTrack Linux – Penetration Testing Distribution
    This one does the trick 100%, installed yesterday on a usb-stick I received also yesterday and was able to fully use BT4R2. So I stick with this link.
    Last edited by TheFlyingDutchMan; 02-04-2011 at 11:06 PM.

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