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    Default Installing on USB HDD

    I have tried to install Backtrack2 final on a external USB HDD, but it doesn't boot.

    I have done this:

    1. I created 3 partitions: sdb1 with ext3 1GB
    sdb2 with swap 1GB
    sdb3 with ext3 3GB

    2. installed Backtrack like the tutorial on

    ww.offensive-security.com/documentation/backtrack-hd-install.pdf[/url]
    in terminal:

    Code:
    cd /tmp
    mkdir boot
    mkdir bt2
    mount /dev/sdb1/boot
    mount /dev/sdb3/bt2
    with the backtrack installer like this:

    source(Backtrack CD): /boot
    install Backtrack to /tmp/bt2
    write MBR to: /dev/sdb

    it worked fine, but after reboot, the laptop doesn't start booting from the external USB HDD, altough I activated the USB HD booting on the bios

    (when i copy the image on an USB-Stick, backtrack2 starts without any problems, but I want to install the full system on a USB HDD)

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    Unhappy usb hdd install

    I have followed the directions exactly as described in the read me file for the install. i have a gateway MX7515 and a external usb hdd enclosure(adaptec) with a 6GB disk. I booted from the live cd, and ran the install onto disk SDA, then verified it was done properly. After i changed my boot order in the BIOS to usb hdd first. during the boot process it has an error and locks the computer completely. the error is something like this- kernel panic, VFS, cannot find root file system. It says-"maybe another program is trying to access it?" Is there a special boot parameter i need to insert while installing or modify after install ? if so, how do i get write permission to do so ? Any help is appreciated, ihave a basic understanding of command line and linux, so a complete explenation would be a great help, but a clue is better than nothing. thanks.

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    Try installing to sda1.

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    Question usb hdd install


    Which tutorial did you follow? Did you made also three partitions?


    I have three internal Windows (ntfs) partitions sda1(ext3), sda2(swap) and sda3(ext3) and two for Linux sda4 sda5

    The partitions of the external hdd are sdb1, sdb2 and sdb3 (where I want to install backtrack)

    is this then OK

    in terminal:


    Code:
    cd /tmp
    mkdir boot
    mkdir bt2
    mount /dev/sdb1/boot
    mount /dev/sdb3/bt2
    with the backtrack installer like this:

    source(Backtrack CD):
    Code:
    /boot
    install Backtrack to
    Code:
    /tmp/bt2
    write MBR to:
    Code:
    /dev/sdb


    What is wrong?

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    Default usb hdd install 2

    ok i have followed the tutorial on the cd, and one on backtrack website, but neither specifically states how to install to a external usb hard drive. how and what is needed to make this happen ? boot options ? anyone ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tivoyage View Post

    Which tutorial did you follow? Did you made also three partitions?

    ...
    What is wrong?
    1. The efforts you put into formatting are appreciated, but better directed eslewhere.
    2. Did you know we have a wiki?
    3. Have you tried this?
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    Useful HowTo Threads <-- Why do people think I'm joking when I link this?

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    Default Backtrack 2 on USB HDD

    Hi,

    I have followed the howto on installing backtrack 2 to a USB HD. I have a laptop with Vista and do not want to chance setting up a dual boot. I set the following partitions sdb1 as boot, sdb2 as swap and sdb3 as bt2. I have edited the lilo.conf with the following:

    timeout = 50

    root = /dev/sdb3

    but still get the following on boot:

    VS: Cannot open root device "813" or unknown-block (8,19)
    Please append a correct "root=" boot option
    Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: unable to mount root fs on unknown-block (8,19

    Can any one help?

    K.

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    Smile

    I've just installed BT2 to a 1GB USB, works great, here's what I did:

    1. Fired up WinXP
    2. Downloaded the BT2 .iso
    3. Burned it to CD
    4. Formatted a 1GB USB stick. (My Computer/USB Drive, rclick and Format, yup, simple as.)
    5. Browsed to the newly burned CD and just copied the BT and boot folders straight to the USB drive.
    6. Browsed to the boot folder on the USB drive and double clicked bootinst.bat and followed the dos prompts.
    That's the USB ready.
    7. Re-booted the PC into BIOS and selected boot from USB.
    Done.
    BT2 now loads silently and a lot quicker from my USB.

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    Default Tried that

    Hi,

    Tried that and jsut get 99 99 99 99 99 etc when I boot?

    K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by back|tracker View Post
    I've just installed BT2 to a 1GB USB, works great

    ...

    BT2 now loads silently and a lot quicker from my USB.
    I've done exactly as you did - and can boot Backtrack from my USB thumb drive (small success!)

    The problem is that my changes doesn't stick! When I have like, upgraded firefox, added a file to my desktop, or changed the password - and reboot - everything goes back to standard! Firefox is the old version, the file is gone, etc. How do I make the changes stick on the USB thumb drive?

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