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    Question Live Vs Installed

    Dear all,

    A very noobishly obvious question. I have 2 USB thumb drives. Below is the detailed description:

    1. 8 GB, BT R2 (Final), Unetbootin, Live.

    2. 32 GB, BT R2 (Final), Persistent, Formatted & Installed.

    Please tell me which one would you use on a regular basis & why? Will there be any performance differences between both of them.

    Please don't curse as I know BT is distributed live. I am looking forward to a more in-depth reasoning.

    Sincere thanks.
    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Live Vs Installed

    This is up to you, try both and see which one you prefer.
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    Default Re: Live Vs Installed

    I would install it, as it's much faster.

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    Default Re: Live Vs Installed

    Installed because you can fit a lot more password lists and rainbow tables in it. Also you have more room for big packet caps. It's also faster, both in using tools and booting up.
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    Default Re: Live Vs Installed

    Well, the live can also be persistent, so it depends what you want to do with it. If you will need to refer back to data you have created and/or saved again in the future you will need persistence.

    As for live vs installed, again it depends on what you need. Speed-wise its hard to compare since one memory device might be faster than the other so it would mask any benefits. But as a rule, installed is usually faster from 0-working environment.

    Also remember, putting it on a pen drive, usually means you want it to be mobile and used on more than one machine. Installing it on a Pen drive would have installed and configured the specific drivers for that machine you installed it on. So when booting the pen drive off another machine, it will either have to make the necessary changes or worst-case something will break if you had to make any "custom" changes to get hardware to work.

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    Default Re: Live Vs Installed

    Dear all,

    First off, thank you everyone who took time in responding. I really appreciate, seems most of you folks want me to use the installed/persistent one.

    I just have one question why do people say Live is better?

    So considering if I had both 8 GB drives but 1 was persistent and other one was live.

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Live Vs Installed

    No one said Live is better, it's their own opinion on their setup, that doesn't necessarily apply to you.
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