I have to share a pc with my brother, which is a big fan of Windows 10. I, on the other hand, want to write programs on Kali Linux. You see where this is going.

I first wanted to setup a dual boot system, but the hard drive is filled with games, so I was looking around and heard about Linux Live USB sticks. I quickly set one up, but all my data is removed after rebooting the system and the partition, the OS is running on, is just big enough to fit the filesystem and can't be resized.

Is there a way to install Kali Linux normally (no Linux Live stuff) on a standard USB stick?


2 Answers 2


Is this not what you're looking for?

Making a Kali Bootable USB Drive

You said "no Linux Live stuff" but a Kali Live USB drive sounds like it's exactly what you want. Note the instructions listed there for persistent storage.

  • That's what I tried, but the filesystem was permanently limited to 2.8 GB, which is the size of the operating system
    – Aaron
    Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 21:36
  • @Aaron And you followed the extra instructions to add persistent storage? If yes, which filesystem was limited to 2.8 GB?
    – edaemon
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 17:55
  • Yes, I already tried that, but I just tried it again and this time it worked. I have no idea, why it suddenly works.
    – Aaron
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 19:30
  • Nevermind, now it refuses to boot
    – Aaron
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 20:35
  • Boot problems aside, I think the Kali Live USB is the solution you're after. As for the boot problems and initial issues with persistent storage, it sounds like you might have a bad USB drive.
    – edaemon
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 22:05

just an idea why not to install a new hard drive or To an SSD to your desktop Pc ? Coz you can install Kali on it , and then follow Kali linux HDD install

this way you share your pc resources without risk to miss with the win10

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