Install pfsense on usb and ide to flash



  • Hi,

    I am looking to install pfsense on a 2Gb usb stick.
    Should I use the flash install methode or not?

    Also I have the same install but with an ide to flash card.
    Can I use the flash install.

    No need for vga. Serial is fine for me. Or are there more negative things about using the flash image. Anyone has a link to differences?
    Are graphs logged after power failure and things like that.

    Thanks in advance.



  • Yes, install the nano/embedded version.  Otherwise your USB stick will exceed it's write life in relatively short order.



  • Any info how the flash version is different from the usual pfsense?


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    That is covered extensively in the book and on the doc wiki:
    http://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Installing_pfSense#Embedded



  • Just out of curiosity, I've always just used spare hardware with a couple of NICs and have used the standard load, i happen to come into possesion of a ATOM board, and wanted to know if i could load pfsense onto a 16gb usb flash drive.

    I know the embedded image is recommended, and usually on smaller drives, however i like to download different packages, and log occasionally, this is just for home use.

    I'm sure i can manage just to do a standard install to the usb stick (and just let it die when it dies), is there any documents on optimizing a standard install to run from ram drives like the embedded image does.

    System has 2gb ram, so it should be good.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    @zxxpyroxxz:

    I'm sure i can manage just to do a standard install to the usb stick (and just let it die when it dies), is there any documents on optimizing a standard install to run from ram drives like the embedded image does.

    No, that's why the embedded version exists, to do just that.

    If you want all packages, use the full version (and the wear issues that come with it), or stick to embedded and use the set of packages known to work in that setup.



  • Any chance you have a rough estimate of how long a flash drive lasts using the full install?

    PS - Thanks for the quick reply, i've been reading up on some of your other posts, good stuff!


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    It really depends on the quality of the media. Some can last for years, some will only last a few months. It's pretty much a crap shoot.


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