I couldn’t find instructions in the FAQ about making a persistent USB so I tried youtube. I prefer the docs and I try to search the forum, but I couldn’t find good instructions on how to make a persistent USB.
Following your recent reply I decided to try again to make a new persistent USB and see if it will work both as persistent system and will the installer work. Here are the steps I took and results:
- Downloaded the Parrot OS ISO again (version 4.5.1, home edition).
- Download and install BalendaEtcher again following the link in the FAQ.
- Start Balenda, select the Parrot OS ISO and click “burn”. There is no place to even select options in BalendaEtcher so I don’t think I can mess this step up.
At this point I booted from USB and was shown the Parrot OS boot menu where I can chose “live mode”, “terminal mode”, “ram mode”, “persistent mode” etc.
In your recent comment you said “boot into the second partition to use persistence”. What do you mean by “second partition”? Do you mean boot into the USB instead of HD? When I chose to boot from the USB I don’t get a choice of partition, I just see the menu.
- In the Parrot OS boot menu I chose “Persistence”.
- System started and working. (by the way, it boots directly to the desktop and doesn’t ask for a password. Is this supposed to be like this?)
At this point, before connecting to internet, I checked a couple things.
In GParted I wanted to see the partitions I have. The USB drive (/dev/sda) have only one partition of type iso9660 and it takes up the whole space in the USB drive. Is this the way it is supposed to be when using persistence?
In Synaptic I looked to see if “grub” is installed on the system. It is not.
In CLI I wanted to see if “grub-install” command exists. I assume that if I want to install Parrot than the installer will have to use “grub-install”. I got “command not found”.
In order to check if persistence is working I tried to do the following:
- install the grub tools using synaptic (and verified the grub tools do exist on the system now)
- shut down
- restart the computer from USB, selecting “persistence mode” again.
- look to see if the grub tools exists. They do not. It seems persistence isn’t working well. (also, every time I boot into “persistence mode” I am asked again for keyboard layout, which also suggest my system is not working in persistent mode.)
OK, at this point I have two issues I don’t understand:
- How to make a persistent USB. I did try to look in the forum but all the threads I found were from older versions.
- Why my fresh Parrot OS live USB doesn’t have have grub tools? This seems to be the step that causes the installer to be stuck.
Sorry to be so slow, but I can’t see what I could have messed up. All I did was download the ISO, download BalendaEtcher and burn a USB. There isn’t much I can get wrong…
Here is the header for support requests that I didn’t have before:
What version of Parrot are you running? (include version, edition, and architecture)
4.5.1, Home edition. There was no choice of architecture when downloading the ISO.
What method did you use to install Parrot? (Debian Standard / Debian GTK / parrot-experimental)
Just used BalendaEtcher to make a bootable live USB. Didn’t install yet.
Configured to multiboot with other systems? (yes / no)
No, only the USB stick.
If there are any error messages or relevant logs, post them below:
No sure where to find them.