How to install FreeNAS on USB

The FreeNas which all we know is the open source NAS operating based on FreeBSD. It 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. After downloading and installing the Win32 Disk Imager tool, its time to run it.
  4. Double click on the Win32 Disk Imager tool.
  5. Click on the Browse button.
  6. Select the downloaded FreeNAS.ISO file.
  7. Select the USB drive letter from the right side drop down box.
  8. Now click on the Write button. It will take a few minutes to the tool to create a bootable FreeNAS USB drive.Freena usb drive bootable
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Restart the PC and boot it using the FreeNAS bootable thumb drive which created above.
  12. As soon as the PC booted up with the FreeNAS, you will get a black window with the option to boot the FreeNAS.
  13. Press Enter.
  14. The FreeNAS installer set up will boot up. ( For the installation steps you can refer to this link)
  15. 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.FreeNAS on USB
  16. From there follow the guided steps of installation.
  17. Once the installation is done. Remove the FreeNAS bootable drive but not the drive in which you installed it.
  18. 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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