Can't boot from USB drive (Mac)
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 :-)
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.
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. :-)
PowerPC or Intel?
Originally Posted by Stalkr
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).
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.