Friday, September 30, 2011

Installing BackTrack on a USB Drive 2

Installing BackTrack on a USB Drive 2

BackTrack is a Live Linux distribution based on SLAX that is focused purely on penetration testing. Distributed by, BackTrack is the successor to Auditor. It comes prepackaged with security tools including network analyzers, password crackers, wireless tools and fuzzers. Although originally designed to Boot from a CD or DVD, BackTrack contains USB installation scripts that make portable installation to a USB device a snap. In the following tutorial, we cover the process of installing BackTrack to a USB flash drive from within a working Windows environment.

BackTrack Desktop Screenshot:
BackTrack in action running from USB
Distribution Home Page:
Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 2GB+
Persistent Feature: Yes (Backtrack 4)
USB Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD) prerequisites:

  • Universal USB Installer (does the USB conversion)
  • BackTrack 3 or 4 ISO
  • 2GB+ USB flash drive (fat32 formatted)
  • A windows host PC to perform the build
How to install BackTrack to a USB device from Windows:
  1. Download bt3-final.iso or Download bt4-final.iso
  2. Download and launch our Universal USB Installer, select Backtrack 3 or Backtrack 4 (depending on what you downloaded), and follow the onscreen instructions
  3. Reboot and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to Boot from the USB device and proceed to boot
Note: Once the Backtrack 4 system has loaded, you must type startx at the prompt, to start the graphical X environment.
If all went well, you should now be running from your very own Portable Backtrack 3 or 4 on USB!

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