Hello all.

I'm setting up a home network to do some penetration testing. I'm going to school for Info sec and wanted to get some hands on experience with some of the awesome tools in BT (legally too! ).

I found a peach of a XPS for my pen testing computer (desktop). I took out the hard drive, wiped it and reformatted it under ext3.

I put Backtrack 5 Gnome on a USB. It booted from USB just fine. I installed it, and it seemed to go ok, but the problem I'm having is that when restarting it, the GRUB loader won't come up. It just sits there, doing nothing. I went back into install and confirmed that it did install it on the disk.

I'm a novice at Linux but am slowly self teaching myself, hence the operator error issue here. Is there any way I can run a shell from the USB to install or update GRUB on the HD? Or am I missing something critical?

I hope I put enough information in here. If not let me know.

Thank you so much for your time.



***EDIT - After doing some further research I realize now it's the MBR - it doesn't exist...Trying to figure out how to reinstall / repair it from USB shell commands...