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Can someone explain how to make a persistent installation of BackTrack 5 on an 8GB USB drive?

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Did you check the FAQs at their site? There is this link as well… – Dave M Mar 8 '12 at 19:33

Have you tried the Wiki on It's full of very useful information, by the way.

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up vote 1 down vote accepted

The easiest way is with the Universal USB Installer.

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Also try using unetbootin. It's like Universal USB installer

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