Make a BackTrack Linux Flash Drive in Windows

How to Make a BackTrack Linux Flash Drive using Windows. BackTrack is a Live Linux distribution based on SLAX that is focused purely on penetration testing. Distributed by remote-exploit.org, 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: http://www.backtrack-linux.org

Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 2GB+

Persistent Feature: Yes (Backtrack 4)

USB Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD) prerequisites:

  • Universal USB Installer (does the USB conversion)
  • BackTrack 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 and launch our Universal USB Installer, select Backtrack and follow the onscreen instructions
  2. Reboot and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to Boot from the USB device and proceed to boot

Note: Once Backtrack 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 on USB!

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