For the Linux users there is a quick install guide that enumerates the different commands needed to setup the system.
Having at that precise moment only a Windows system laying around I had to follow another procedure. The easiest way is the following:
- First format your partition as FAT32. Windows refuses to format partitions bigger than 30GB in FAT32 (to force users to use NTFS). It's only a GUI limitation so you can still use the CLI to
format d: /fs:fat32.
- Now download Unetbootin. It's a kind of assistant to install ISO's to your USB disk. (Thanks for the tip Security4all)
- In Unetbootin choose Disk image and specify the path to the BT4b iso file.
- In the Type I had to choose manual as Unetbootin didn't detect my disk as USB disk.
- Just press the OK button and wait.
I noticed there was no bootloader installed on the USB disk so I had to to this manually. It's fairly simple:
Browse to the disk located on your computer and execute the
d:\boot\bootinst.bat script. The script will try to autodetect the drive letter and will ask a confirmation. Double check it and confirm.
Now boot your system from the USB disk and here it is: BackTrack 4 beta.