Solved Booting and installing from a bootable USB

Gato Preto

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Hi everyone!

I'm a Windows user that wants to try FreeBSD, so I decided to install FreeBSD on a old computer that I own but this machine has no DVD/CD reader so I tried to make a bootable USB for this computer to see if it worked but I didn't.

My question is: how I can make a bootable USB with a ISO image for a i386 computer.

I've tried with Rufus and Unetbootin but they didn't work. I've also tried with a memstick image but the result was a failure too, I searched for solutions on the Internet but I didn't find something that answered correclty my issue.

Thanks in advance!
 

Tabs

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I've used unetbootin on Windows to create FreeBSD bootable USB drives before without any issues.

Have you got a alternative USB drive you could try? I once spent a full weekend trying to diagnose something similar and as soon as I tried a different USB drive it worked!
 

balanga

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It's actually very straightforward....

grab http://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/ISO-IMAGES/10.3/FreeBSD-10.3-RELEASE-i386-mini-memstick.img and create a bootable USB stick using https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/.

This basically is a FreeBSD bootstrap which boots FreeBSD partitions your hard disk and does a few admin tasks before installing FreeBSD over the Internet, so assumes you have a physical connection when you boot.

This is process is described in the FreeBSD bible at this point https://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/bsdinstall-pre.html
 
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Gato Preto

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I've used unetbootin on Windows to create FreeBSD bootable USB drives before without any issues.

Have you got a alternative USB drive you could try? I once spent a full weekend trying to diagnose something similar and as soon as I tried a different USB drive it worked!
I'll try with ana alternative USB drive, I didn't think about that! :p
 
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Gato Preto

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It's actually very straightforward....

grab http://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/ISO-IMAGES/10.3/FreeBSD-10.3-RELEASE-i386-mini-memstick.img and create a bootable USB stick using https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/.

This basically is a FreeBSD bootstrap which boots FreeBSD partitions your hard disk and does a few admin tasks before installing FreeBSD over the Internet, so assumes you have a physical connection when you boot.

This is process is described in the FreeBSD bible at this point https://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/bsdinstall-pre.html
I'll try that, just one more thing, the procedure on Amd64 is the same (using the Amd64 version instead)? Thanks!
 

Beastie

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Yes, it's the same procedure. The excellent documentation illustrated with numerous screenshots will walk you through it step by step. Just go for it!

Of course you can also try it on a virtual machine to get familiar with both the installation process and the operating system itself. That will help you decide if FreeBSD is for you without actually messing with your machine.
 
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Gato Preto

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Yes, it's the same procedure. The excellent documentation illustrated with numerous screenshots will walk you through it step by step. Just go for it!

Of course you can also try it on a virtual machine to get familiar with both the installation process and the operating system itself. That will help you decide if FreeBSD is for you without actually messing with your machine.
Hi! I've already tried it in a Virtual Machine, I liked it but I had problems with connection on the VM so I decided to install it in the "real life". Now I'll try to install it and if I've any problem I'll post here.

Thanks for your attention!
 

gasneres

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Hi everyone!

I'm a Windows user that wants to try FreeBSD, so I decided to install FreeBSD on a old computer that I own but this machine has no DVD/CD reader so I tried to make a bootable USB for this computer to see if it worked but I didn't.

My question is: how I can make a bootable USB with a ISO image for a i386 computer.

I've tried with Rufus and Unetbootin but they didn't work. I've also tried with a memstick image but the result was a failure too, I searched for solutions on the Internet but I didn't find something that answered correclty my issue.

Thanks in advance!
Rufus do can hlpe user to do what it says , but it's a bit complicated for a novice .
 

tingo

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For a tool that is easy to use (for writing images to usb memory sticks) look at Etcher. Works in Linux and macOS too.
 
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