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I have a 'gotcha' type question. I want to make a Kali Linux bootable usb thumb drive on Mac. What would happen if I take it out after I boot into Kali? The reason I ask is because my wifi adapter I use for injection takes up 2 usb ports on my Mac! This means if I live boot and have to keep the usb plugged up, I wont be able to plug up my wifi adapter to use monitor mode because my mac only has 2 usb ports. I asked this question before and someone suggested a permanent install. After a google the term that came up was dual boot. Is this the answer I am looking for?

  • Can't you use a USB hub? The person you mentioned suggested to install Kali on the hard drive alongside OS X but do you really want that? – Alexiy Mar 23 '16 at 7:06
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It won't work. From what I can see from this link, Kali does not load itself into a RAM disk.

A permanent install is not what you are looking for unless you want to modify or wipe your current OS to install it on a hard drive - a dual boot is where you can boot to either OS, but it will require hard drive space be set aside for Kali, which I expect will become complex to solve without destroying your OSx install.

I suspect it might be to limiting for you - but have you considered running it in a VM instead ? (For example, Virtualbox).

  • So the usb needs to stay plugged in after Kali starts? I already am running from VirtualBox. Have you cracked a WPA2 network using Reaver? What was your experience? The tutorial I am following suggests a live boot for using Reaver etc kalitutorials.net/2014/04/… – user3233623 Mar 23 '16 at 7:42
  • You're saying a dual boot would wipe out my entire OSX? 😶 – user3233623 Mar 23 '16 at 7:48
  • i have never cracked a WIFI network ((or used Kali for that matter, although I do use Linux very, very heavily). The USB drve would need to stay plugged in after Kali starts if you are running off a USB. I'm not saying a dual boot would wipe your entire OSX, I'm saying that you need to have hard drive space free to install Kali, and I don't know how you would free it up in OSx. In Windows it can be done, but its not at all trivial. Of-course I've never used Boot Camp. For all I know that could provide an easy way to free up space. – davidgo Mar 23 '16 at 8:04
  • Thank you. I'll definitely look into it and make necessary provisions before making a final decision. If it helps I already have about 10 GB free on my mac which I read was the recommended amount of space necessary for a dual boot. I'll do some more research. – user3233623 Mar 23 '16 at 8:29
  • @davidgo How did you conclude from the possibility of "USB persistence" to Kali does not load itself into a RAM disk? – Tom Yan Mar 23 '16 at 21:51
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You probably should use a USB hub - The person you mentioned suggested to install Kali on the hard drive alongside OS X but do you really want that? You can then plug both in.

  • Yea, I do. Especially since the tutorial on 'WPA2 cracking with reaver' says that doing a 'live boot' is better than running Reaver from virtual box (my current set up). – user3233623 Mar 23 '16 at 7:09
  • Do you think a dual boot would throw off my computers speed? – user3233623 Mar 23 '16 at 7:16
  • It shouldn't reduce your computer's speed. But you should first ensure that all necessary hardware works in Kali, including Wifi adapter. – Alexiy Mar 23 '16 at 7:22
  • Edited this since this is an answer written as a question. I'd suggest a powered USB hub in this case, unless its cause your wifi adaptor is physically wide. In that case a simple extension would do – Journeyman Geek Mar 23 '16 at 8:13
  • @JourneymanGeek I'll look into the USB hub. For now, what's your opinion on the dual boot? – user3233623 Mar 23 '16 at 8:31

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