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Date:      Wed, 07 Jan 2009 16:44:21 +0000
From:      Ricardo Jesus <>
To:        Steve Bertrand <>
Cc:        Brian McCann <>, Matthias Apitz <>, Polytropon <>, freebsd-questions <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD USB Install
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Steve Bertrand wrote:
> Matthias Apitz wrote:
>> El d=EDa Wednesday, January 07, 2009 a las 03:17:02PM +0100, Polytropo=
n escribi=F3:
>>> 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 ma=
>>>> 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, th=
>>>> 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.
>> The problem is that 'from the factory' sometimnes they come already Wi=
>> formated; I've wiped out all with:
>> # dd if=3D/dev/zero of=3D/dev/da0 bs=3D1m
>> (double check that /dev/da0 is really the device you want to clean)
> sysinstall will provide you an option to erase any existing 'partitions=
>  that exist on the drive during install, so the 'dd' is redundant.
> I've never installed directly to a thumbdrive before. Normally I'd
> install to a hard disk, pear it down, and then effectively copy the
> system to the thumb drive manually. I end up with a system as such (so =
> don't need a hard disk):
> router# df -h
> Filesystem    Size    Used   Avail Capacity  Mounted on
> /dev/da0a     939M    410M    454M    47%    /
> devfs         1.0K    1.0K      0B   100%    /dev
> /dev/md0       31M     20K     28M     0%    /tmp
> /dev/md1       15M     36K     14M     0%    /var/run
> /dev/md2       31M    318K     28M     1%    /var/log
> /tmp           31M     20K     28M     0%    /var/tmp
> That said, installing to a USB disk through sysinstall should
> technically (AFAIK) be no different than installing to a standard SCSI
> hard disk (da0).
> What options are you supplying when you reach the 'FDISK Partition
> Editor' screen?
> Also, if you are installing the system via sysinstall that is running o=
> an already installed FreeBSD, you must use the 'w' option before 'q'.
> Quit within the disk editor while running under FreeBSD does not imply
> 'write'. (This being opposed to booting from a CD to install).
> Steve
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I've installed 7.0 on an USB IDE drive last week. At the time the USB=20
drive had a Linux distro on it which I destroyed, place the install CD=20
on the CD drive, selected boot from USB, the drive showed up on=20
sysinstall, and performed a pretty standard FreeBSD install.


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