FreeNAS is an open source operating system based on FreeBSD that can be installed as a physical or virtual (not recommended for production environment) hardware to share computer data storage over a computer network. The source can be downloaded from here.
As the new computer systems don’t have an optical drive, having bootable USB keys are quite handy. In order to install FreeNAS, you need to burn the iso to a cd/dvd media or make a bootable USB. The process to create a freenas bootable USB key is as follows:
- 4 GB or more capacity USB 2.0 USB key formatted as fat32 file system.
- FreeNAS iso saved on your local hard-drive or network location that you can browse to.
- Win32 Disk Image Writer. Download here.
Steps to create bootable USB:
- Browse to location where the iso file is saved.
- Select the USB device. (Make sure you check the drive letter assigned to your USB key as selecting a wrong disk will wipe all the stuff and you may lose all your data)
- Click the Write button and your iso will be copied to your USB key as a bootable media.
- Exit when done and safely remove USB device.