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i just posted this in the linux section...not really sure where it goes...but here is the problem...mods can remove whichever is in wrong place, or leave both up so i can get feedback from both sections haha...cheers

a buddy of mine is trying to install freeNAS on a server that he has. he doesnt have a cd drive and needs to do it via bootable usb. his bios supports it, but when he tries to install, it looks for a file but cant find it. he says he has tried several methods, but most of the methods are for .img files...if you guys have any suggestions or have done it please lemme know... ill get him to setup an account on here so he can give more info.
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Hey all, more info guy here:
I created a bootable usb using YUMI for Windows. I have tried several methods, this has been the only successful one so far. After booting, the following is displayed:
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Trying to mount root from ufs:/dev/md0
da0 at umass-sim0 bus 0 scbus0 target 0 lun 0
da0: <Memorex TRAVELDRIVE 005B PMAP> Removable Direct Access SCSI-0 device
da0: 40.000MB/s transfers
da0: 3935MB (8058880 512 byte sectors: 255H 63S/T 501C)
Apr 1 22:16:23 init: login_getclass: unknown class 'daemon'
fstab: /etc/fstab:0: No such file or directory
GEOM: da0: partition 1 does not start on a track boundary.
GEOM: da0: partition 1 does not end on a track boundary.
Looking for installation cdrom on /dev/da0 /dev/da0s1 /dev/da0 /dev/da0s1 /dev/da0 /dev/da0s1............(repeats)

Can't get passed this point. I had FreeBSD originally, but was having some troubles with it and wanted to try something more simple. USB drive is formatted to FAT32.
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this is what i was told on an IRC channel...guys left right after that... can someone explain what DD is...

1 so mount up the iso
2 it has a large xz on it
3 grab that
4 decompress it
5 dd it to the usb
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I've made a couple of FreeNAS USB flash drives. It took me a while as it doesn't work very consistently on my Windows 7 for some reason. Is your friend trying to make a this thumb drive from a Windows 7 machine or some other OS like vista or linux?

In vista/7 you might try bring up a administrator CMD prompt and running diskpart's "clean" command. I could do a whole post just on diskpart but in summary list disk will show you all the disk devices connected to the system. Determine which disk is the USB drive you want to use, and this is very, very important, use select disk # where # is the above mentioned USB flash drive. Then clean, which will totally and completely wipe out the drive. Won't even be a drive letter etc. Don't let windows format it though, obviously.

After this my preferred method is to "raw write" the .img file to the thumb drive using dd for windows. Much like diskpart I could do a whole post just on dd but that won't be this post. Much like diskpart the dd --list command will list all your drives. Determine which one is going to be the FreeNAS stick and use the convenient examples on the dd-for-windows site to write the img file. I recommend adding in the --progress flag so you at least can tell it's doing something. Or maybe it's just me with the psychological need to know that...

I hope this helps.
 
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So I've done a dd, and have successfully booted into FreeNAS. Now, I was hoping to install to the harddrive. How would I go about accomplishing this?
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he got it to boot from the usb stick. is there any way to install to the hdd so he doesnt need to run it off the flash drive all the time...
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I don't have it front of me so I'm going off of memory here: I thought there was a menu that popped up and gave you a number of options, one of which was something to effect of "install to disk". But I could be mis-remembering. Also, you might go through all the various options in the web interface.

Of course I would say just boot it off the usb stick. More space for data storage that way right? And you can use dd to back the stick real easy smile.gif
 
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he has 3 drives. one for the os, and 2x2TB for storage...so space isnt an issue haha. he just wants to have freeNAS installed on the drive. ill have him look around a bit for some installation options
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