Here's the specs.

Sandisk Cruzer 4GB USB 2.0

Existing OS: Windows XP Professional SP3


Intel Pentinium 4 Xeon Class (x86 F15 M2 S4) [1.8Ghz]

IBM Thinkpad T-Series T30

So what I am wanting to do is, put backtrack onto the usb and run it like the usb was a hard drive. This way it doesn't affect the physical machine and doesn't erase the current OS. Is there a way of doing this?


Yes, this has been done many times.

To make a Backtrack live-USB, you can use UNetBootin and follow steps similar as these: http://www.backtrack-linux.org/wiki/index.php/UNetbootin_USB_Installer

Otherwise if you want it persistent (you have to have a flash drive larger than 4GB), follow these steps: http://www.backtrack-linux.org/wiki/index.php/Persistent_USB

And you can do all of this in VirtualBox or the LiveCD.


Just go to http://www.backtrack-linux.org/downloads/ and download BT5R3-GNOME-VM-32.7z. Extract archive to a USB thumb drive. You will need a 16 GB USB thumb drive. Wait until extraction has finished. Then open your thumb drive and double click on BT5R3-GNOME-VM-32.vmx to launch BackTrack 5 from your thumb drive. BackTrack will now run as a virtual machine on VMware Workstation.

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