The FreeNas which all we know is the open source NAS operating based on FreeBSD helps millions of people to turn their old PC system into a personal NAS box without spending money. So, if you want to try it before installing it to your main system or server you can test it on Virtual Machine: Install FreeNAS on VirtualMachine.
However, in this article, we let you know how to create a FreeNAS bootable USB drive and then use that to install FreeNAS on any other Pen or USB drive.
- First of all download the Win32 Disk Imager Tool. We use it to write the FreeNAS.iso image to our Pendrive to make a bootable FreeNAS USB drive. The download link is here.
- Second thing, we require is the FreeNAS.ISO image. If you already have this then move to next step otherwise here is the link to download.
- After downloading and installing the Win32 Disk Imager tool, its time to run it.
- Double click on the Win32 Disk Imager tool.
- Click on the Browse button.
- Select the downloaded FreeNAS.ISO file.
- Select the USB drive letter from the right side drop down box.
- Now click on the Write button. It will take a few minutes to the tool to create a bootable FreeNAS USB drive.
- Once it has done! Let the FreeNAS bootable USB drive as it is and attach one more blank pen drive where we will install the FreeNAS OS.
- Note: You can’t install FreeNAS on the same bootable USB drive. You should have one spare which we will use to install the FreeNAS bootable and other system files.
- Now I assumed that you have attached both USB drives (the one you FreeNAS bootable we made above and other one blank at least 8GB) to your computer system.
- Restart the PC and boot it using the FreeNAS bootable thumb drive which created above.
- As soon as the PC booted up with the FreeNAS, you will get a black windows with the option to boot the FreeNAS.
- Press Enter.
- The FreeNAS installer set up will boot up. ( For the installation steps you can refer to this link)
- When the installer asks you to choose the hard drive to install the FreeNAS at that time select your USB drive. Like we did in the following screenshot.
- From there follow the guided steps of installation.
- Once the installation is done. Remove the FreeNAS bootable drive but not the drive in which you installed it.
- Whenever you want to use the FreeNAS simply boot your computer with the drive in which you have installed the FreeNAS. Even you can use it as a portable drive to run the FreeNAS on any other system of your home or friend.
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