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 running from USB Screenshot:
How to install BackTrack to a USB device:
Note: USB installation of BacktTack performs like the Live CD. Currently a persistence BackTrack feature is outside the scope of this tutorial.
- Download the (Portable Backtrack) USB BackTrack version
- Extract the Boot and BT3 folders to the root of your USB device
- Navigate to the Boot folder on your "USB device" and click bootinst.bat (click continue if the following error appears)
- Follow the onscreen instructions to make the device bootable
- Once the USB install script has finished, reboot your computer and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the USB device