Kali Linux Live USB Persistence Guide: Kali Linux has over 500 preinstalled penetration testing programs to learn about Ethical Hacking & Cyber Securities terms. To become an expert in Cybersecurity, Kali Linux is the right place to know about the vulnerabilities of the victim. It offers Dozens of Hacking tools such as WiFi-Phisher, WiFi Jammer, John The Ripper, WP Scanner, The FatRat etc.

However, To use Live Kali Linux on PC without Installation, Should have Kali Linux Live USB Persistence. But, When we use Kali Linux live USB and make changes in Kali Linux or Install new packages in Kali, So Everything gets erase when we reinsert USB or Restart Kali Linux. But Don’t worry, In this guide will know How to Create Kali Linux Live Bootable USB Drive to use Live Kali without erasing to be Installed packages.

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Recommendation ⇒ To Make Kali Linux Live Bootable USB Drive Should have at least 16 GB USB Drive and Minimum 8 GB as we will create two partitions on USB Drive.

Go ahead and read following steps: 

1# First, Download the following software.

• Download Kali Linux ISO ⇒ Here
• Partition Wizard Tool ⇒ Here
• Download Rufus ⇒ Here

2# Connect your Pendrive to your PC and Format it. (Select File System Type FAT32)

3# RUN Rufus (Bootable USB drive Creator Software) on your PC, It is portable version so don’t need to be installed, Simply RUN and Use.

4# Select your Kali Linux images file and click on start button. It will take a couple of minutes to write Kali Linux Image file on your USB Drive to make a Bootable Drive.

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5# Once it is finished, Click on Close button to Close Rufus.

6# Now Install and Run Partition Wizard Tool on your PC, that you downloaded.

7# Once Partition Wizard opens, Locate your Connected PenDrive and Hit Right Click on pendrive and select Split Option to Split the Partition.

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8# Now Select Original Partition Size as 3.5 GB” and then OK, and Apply Changes.

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9# You successfully created Two Partition on your Pendrive, In the First Partition Kali Linux is installed and In the second partition nothing. Now Right click on the Second Partition and delete this partition.

10# Right click on Deleted Unallocated partition and then create option.

11# Fill following details in “Create New Partition Wizard” then OK and apply changes.

• Partition Label ⇒ Persistence
• Create As ⇒ Primary
• System Type ⇒ Ext4

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12# Now Restart your PC and Boot From Kali Linux USB Drive. (Press Escape Key” when PC is about to start and Select Boot From USB Drive under the Boot Device Options)

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13# When Kali Linux starts, Select “Live USB Persistence” option and Hit the Enter, and the Kali Linux will start to be the boot.

14# Once Kali Linux starts successfully, then Open the Terminal on the Kali Linux.

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15# To check the USB Partition type the Command fdisk -l and Hit the enter button. It will show the all USB Drive partition.

Command ⇒ fdisk -l

16# Now We will create the directory, so to do it, Type the following command mkdir -p /mnt/kali and Hit the Enter button After that Directory will be created in “mnt folder”.

Command ⇒ mkdir -p /mnt/kali

17# Type the Second Command mount /dev/sdb2 /mnt/kali/ and Hit the Enter.

Command ⇒ mount /dev/sdb2 /mnt/kali/

Note: “sdb2” is the second partition of the USB Drive, that we had created before.

18# Type third Command echo “/ union” > /mnt/kali/persistence.conf and hit the enter button on your Keyboard.

Command ⇒ echo "/ union" > /mnt/kali/persistence.conf 

19# Type Fourth Command umount /dev/sdb2 and Hit Enter Button.

Command ⇒ umount /dev/sdb2

20# Type Last Command reboot and Hit enter button.

Command ⇒ reboot

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Now Boot your PC from Kali Linux USB Drive and Select “Live USB Persistence” option and Hit the Enter. Kali Linux will start soon to be used.

Now you can use your Kali Linux Live USB Persistence Drive and Install packages and programs on Kali Linux and use it without any trouble. Boot your PC with Kali Linux Live USB and enjoy the Moveable Kali Live USB Drive.

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