Can't boot from USB drive (Mac)

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  1. Stalkr New Member

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    Stalkr, Apr 16, 2012

    Hello FreeNAS,

    I got an old Mac mini I don't really use anymore, and wanted to turn it into a NAS.
    I did some searching and found FreeNAS, wanted to give it a shot.

    I downloaded the ISO image, burned it to CD and I booted from the CD.
    4 options were available and I chose "Install to hard drive/usb" and installed it into a 2GB SanDisk Cruzer USB.
    It deleted the content, made 4 partitions and it everything were installed perfectly.

    As I understand, this is now a UFS drive? From what I gathered, Mac doesn't boot from UFS drives,
    so I am a little bit lost here. How do I get to run FreeNAS from my USB stick on a Mac?

    When I just insert the USB while I'm booted into Mac OS X, I get this little box
    Here is a screenshot with the USB and it's 4 partitions.

    Thanks for reading, hope this is an easy problem to solve :)
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    ben, Apr 16, 2012

    I think you need to install a suitable bootloader. rEFIt is commonly used on mac (I was never able to get my mac to boot FreeBSD unfortunately). Confidence level in this response: 6/10, seek further comment.
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    Stalkr, Apr 16, 2012

    Think I previously tried rEFIt, but with no luck. The problem is I don't have Mac installed on the computer, and can't install it using the Recovery partition (I have no idea why, it just stops mid-install).
    I'll give rEFIt another try if I can install Mac. Thanks for the help though, hope someone knows the answer to this, as I really want to try it. :)
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    Brand, Apr 16, 2012

    PowerPC or Intel?
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    James, Apr 17, 2012

    Changes were made to FreeBSD to allow for a Mac boot (e.g. PC-BSD uses this), but IIRC they were for 9.0 (FreeNAS is currently based on 8.2).
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    Stalkr, Apr 17, 2012

    So USB install is not possible for me then?
    I tried to install it on the main HDD, even though it's a waste of 120GB of storage. Got a BOOT MOUNT ERROR or the like.
    Someone mentioned the drive were corrupt and it helped to FIRST install Ubuntu and then FreeNAS after, so that's what I am trying now.

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