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Old 01-14-2008, 03:08 PM   #1
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Linux on Thumbdrive

Ok Im sure this has been covered quite heavily in here. I have done my research and even have tried a few things with little results. I have gotten DSL to work off a thumbdrive but nothing else. I would very much like to have a "security" distro such as BackTrack2 or 3 to boot from this if possible.
I have an older Kingston 1Gb drive and a brand new SanDisk Cruzer micro 4GB drive. But I have the U3 software that came on it and I just installed the PortableApps Suite and I would like to keep them both If I can. This drive came with 2 partitions and Im wondering a few things.

1) Can I install BT2 or 3 on either drive and if so would I have to have only 1 partition and get rid of my software?

2) If I can install BT2 or 3 how do I do it, and if I cant is there a "security" type distro (up to date) that I can put on either drive?

3) If DSL is all I end up being able to use how do I make it a little more "robust" as far as getting wirless devices supported and would I beable to install apps that I would want?

Thanks alot for the help
Old 01-14-2008, 03:54 PM   #2
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well backtrack3 is available as a usb drive image... have you tried it?
Old 01-14-2008, 07:37 PM   #3
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Oh man thanks so much. I cant beleive i didnt see that. Im a big fan of BT anyway I have it running and installed as we speak. Im booted up into it right now as I tyoe this. Anyway if your able to help I am getting one small error.
These are the instructions that come with the package...
USB Install:

Copy the "boot" and "BT3" Directory to the root of your USB device.
Under Linux, change directory to the freshly copied /boot directory on the USB device.
MAKE sure your're in the "boot" directory on the USB device!
run ./
unmount usb device.

But when I go into the terminal and do...
cd /boot

I get this...
Flushing filesystem buffers, this may take a while...
Setting up MBR on /dev/sdb...
./ line48: ./boot/syslinux/lilo: No such file or directory

Any ideas?

Thanks again for your help.
Old 01-14-2008, 09:24 PM   #4
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Could be related to that U3 crap on the USB drive.. I really don't know what that stuff does to a USB drive but it gave me fits trying to remove it manually ( I couldn't remove it manually no matter what I tried.. fdisk, etc.. ) or use the drive in Linux with it on there. Sorry I'm not a fan of the U3 stuff at all..

With the U3 Stuff on the drive the install script probably is unable to write an MBR on the drive successfully. just my 2 cents..

There is an executable application on Sandisks website you would need to download to remove u3 from the drive. I believe the same application can be used to put the u3 Stuff back at a later date if you so desire.
Old 01-15-2008, 02:56 PM   #5
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Well I got everything working great for the most part. The only thing Im trying to figure out is if there is a way that I can save stuff. Such as apps, bookmarks, etc.? If so what do I need to do to be able to do that?

Thanks again


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