I have a Macbook Air(6,1) that I am trying to install kali linux on. The installation goes smoothly until the partitioning section in which the only drive detected is the flash drive with the installation media on it. I am currently testing to see if disks are detected within a ubuntu live install, but while I waited I thought I would just post a question here to see if anyone has had any similar experience and knows a solution.


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Edit: I'm going to completely restructure my answer because my original answer did not necessarily answer the question at hand. I referred to trying it in VirtualBox and went off on a rant about how they shouldn't really use Kali. Apologies to the OP.

Maybe try different ISO files (or whatever the file format is)

I've found that the Kali website has a live and installer file. Try both of them, and tell me how that goes.

Edit 2: I've suggested to OP to contact the Kali team to check if Macbooks are supported (as in being able to install Kali on one). I hope this helps.

Edit 3: I'd like to add a disclaimer. OP already clearly knows the intent of Kali, but this is for whoever else reads this. Kali Linux is not a distro for daily use. Kali is a distro for security experts. You should NOT perform any activities which are malicious with this. No one takes responsibility for your actions but YOU.

  • This is an old laptop that I currently do not use and I am installing kali on as a joke.
    – mm3
    Jul 20, 2020 at 19:50
  • Did you try it in a virtual machine?
    – fr0stbyte
    Jul 20, 2020 at 19:51
  • Also, not relevant to the question at hand, really. If you were going to install a distro as a joke, I would choose one that's NOT made for hackers and security experts.
    – fr0stbyte
    Jul 20, 2020 at 19:53
  • I am able to install Kali in a virtual machine but the question specifically relates to actual hardware so I don't see how that is relevant. Also I am aware of what Kali is and what it's purposed for I really only mentioned it because this is the only distro that fails at detecting the internal ssd.
    – mm3
    Jul 20, 2020 at 20:00
  • Apologies for not answering directly. I would suggest try different isos, as they have a live iso and an installer iso. Maybe try that, and get back to me with results.
    – fr0stbyte
    Jul 20, 2020 at 20:10

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