might have to try it lols, finally got backtrack working (it wasnt happy the flash drive was mounted by ntfs so it kept giving errors) probably gonna use unetbootin so i can get a distro that will let me customize it instead of just botting like a live cd.
google does not work anything, it doesnt help when again linux doesnt work, wow you copy the files run the batch script your done, doesnt work. and yes i have the bios to boot removable device before the hdd
If you can't figure out how to install backtrack on a flashdrive, I doubt you need it in the first place.
Google works wonders.
Look into a tool that runs on Windows and Linux called "UNetbooin". It burns .iso files to flash drives. Really great tool!
Unetbootin wont let you customise your distro as it runs just like the live cd. If you want to customise it you have two choices. You can either recreate the lvm files (archive of the / directories) or do a persistent install. Recreating the lvm files is a lot of effort. http://www.infosecra...-changesnessus/
I tried doing an actual install of backtrack to a flash drive but had a few problems getting a boot loader to work. The above guide seemed to work ok. The guide is a bit longer than it needs to be and some things didnt work right so this is what i did (in Linux because its easier).
1) create two partition on your flash drive. One 1G (or just under) ext2 partition which will hold the backtrack files and another partition to hold all the changes. The bigger this second partition the more changes you can make
2) use unetbootin to put backtrack 4 onto a flash drive (1G partition)
3) The guide says to edit "/boot/syslinux/syslinux.cfg" but this didnt work for me. I had to edit /extlinux.cfg (i think thats what it was, i dont have my flash drive with me atm but if i'm wrong i'll edit the post). Open in a text editor and copy one of the entries and give it a new name. Add "changes=/dev/sdxx" to the boot parameters (after "rw") where sdxx is the second partition on your flash drive. In my case it was /dev/sdb2
4) boot from the flash drive. When the menu appears select the new menu option.
5) test it by creating a test file or installing some software. Reboot and select the new entry again. If it worked the changes should be kept.
In terms of the partitions you have could they be recovery partitions? I dont know why removing them would brick Windows XP but if they do i would try and go for a manual XP install. If you can get hold of a regular (i.e. not recovery) XP cd you can use your same licence and install it onto a single partition. You could then create / and swap partitions for linux no problem.
(yea, this post is a little late but i think it still might be some good info)