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How to dual boot Windows XP and Backtrack 3
11-11-2011, 04:51 AM
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How to dual boot Windows XP and Backtrack 3

How to dual boot Windows XP and Backtrack 3

Well the first Backtrack I actually played with was Backtrack 2 a couple years back with Backtrack 5 R1 out now. Backtrack 3 was the one I used mainly and as you know Backtrack 3 never had an installer, unlike Backtrack 4 and 5 does because it was never meant to be installed to a HDD, they wanted it as a live pentesting enviroment. Backtrack 3 was also based off Slackware instead of Debian which they moved to in Backtrack 4.
Obviously Backtrack 3 is a few years old and I'm copying this from hand written notes and memory so it might be a bit sketchy..

I'm assuming this is your partition table
1. Windows
2. Backtrack 3
3. Swap
4. Shared

Lets get into it

1) Open a root terminal and type mount to see what's mounted.

2) umount /mnt/sda1

3) type mount again (to check that it's been unmounted

4) qtparted (Right click Windows partition, resize - file, commit

5) fdisk /dev/sda
n, p, 2 (enter for default) + 5120m (Backtrack 3 partition)
n, p, 3 (enter for default) + 2048m (Swap partition)
n, p, 4 (auto selects), (enter for default), enter, (auto selects the remaining space) (shared drive)
t, 3, 82, w (makes partition 3 the swap partition)
p (view the partition table), w (to write)

6) mke2fs /dev/sda2

7) mkswap /dev/sda3

8) swapon /dev/sda3

9) mkreiserfs /dev/sda2 (y for yes)

10) mkdir /mnt/backtrack3

11) mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/backtrack3

12) mkdir /mnt/backtrack3/boot

13) mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/backtrack3/boot

14) cp --preserve -R /{bin,dev,home,pentest,root,usr,boot,etc,lib,opt,sbin,var} /mnt/backtrack3/

15) mkdir /mnt/backtrack3/{mnt,tmp,proc,sys}

16) chmod 1777 /mnt/backtrack3/tmp/

17) mount -t Proc Proc /mnt/backtrack3/proc

18) mount -o bind /dev /mnt/backtrack3/dev/

19) chroot /mnt/backtrack3/ /bin/bash

20) nano /etc/lilo.conf

Scroll down and change

boot to dev/sda
root to sda2
label = Backtrack3
Scroll right to the bottom under all the writing
other = /dev/sda1
label = WindowsXP
table = /dev/sda

ctrl + o, enter, ctrl +X


21) lilo -v

22) exit

23) reboot


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11-11-2011, 07:08 PM
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RE: How to dual boot Windows XP and Backtrack 3
* Drumm points out that Backtrack now has an install icon on the desktop

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13-11-2011, 12:12 AM
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RE: How to dual boot Windows XP and Backtrack 3
(11-11-2011 07:08 PM)Drumm Wrote:  * Drumm points out that Backtrack now has an install icon on the desktop

Indeed. "Backtrack 3 was the one I used mainly and as you know Backtrack 3 never had an installer, unlike Backtrack 4 and 5 does because it was never meant to be installed to a HDD, they wanted it as a live pentesting enviroment."

You've got it too easy these days!


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13-11-2011, 11:37 AM
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RE: How to dual boot Windows XP and Backtrack 3
Why use out of date pentest software?

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13-11-2011, 11:41 AM
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RE: How to dual boot Windows XP and Backtrack 3

Have you even read the thread?..

Quote:Obviously Backtrack 3 is a few years old and I'm copying this from hand written notes and memory so it might be a bit sketchy..


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13-11-2011, 12:20 PM
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RE: How to dual boot Windows XP and Backtrack 3
Yeah, but why would people wanna do this now it's out of date? Perhaps when BT3 was new.

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13-11-2011, 12:27 PM
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RE: How to dual boot Windows XP and Backtrack 3
I don't know.. It shows you how to mount and unmount partitions, use qtparted, use fdisk, create directories, copy files, change file permissions (chmod), use nano, the command line and more.
Sure... not many people will want to know how to dual boot XP and BT3 both of which are now "old" but they'll learn some other stuff.


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