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Date:      Wed, 7 Jan 2009 15:17:02 +0100
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        "Brian McCann" <>
Cc:        freebsd-questions <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD USB Install
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On Wed, 7 Jan 2009 08:25:45 -0500, "Brian McCann" <> wrote:
> Hi all.  I'm trying to install FreeBSD 7.1 off the CD to a USB thumb
> drive, but every time I try it fails.  sysinstall says "Unable to make
> new root filesystem on /dev/da0s1a1.  Command returned status 38".
> When I switch to the debug console, I get "cg 0: bad magic number".
> This thumb drive was being used on my Windows machine previously, then
> I re-formatted it as UFS to use it on a FreeBSD I know
> the thumb drive itself works.  Can someone shed some light on this
> problem?

I could only suggest to eliminate all slices and partitions on the
thumb drive (such as it was a new "disk" right from the factory)
and let sysinstall put slice and partitions onto it.

Furthermore, I think /dev/da0s1a1 looks a bit strange. Shouldn't
it be /dev/da0s1a (without the 1) for the root partition?

>From Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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