Installing to a SanDISK Cruzer FIT Drive



  • Okay…so the 4GB CF Card that I had my system installed on failed.

    I have a few 8GB SanDISK Cruzer FIT drives around, so I figured I'd use one of those. I wrote the IMG to one, and formatted another as FAT32. I put them both in my SuperMicro 1U rackmount unit, and booted it up. The problem is, when I get around to installing, I ALWAYS get an error. It won't write to the CRUZER drive. I adjust the boot order, the 1st drive, etc...it just does not work. I can't make it work.

    So, I had an extra 250GB HDD laying around, so I threw that in and it installed to it NO PROBLEM. Works a treat. The problem is, I don't want that drive in there. I want to use this 8GB USB drive.

    Does anyone have any pointers as to how I can get it installed to this 8GB USB Card and run off that?


  • Netgate Administrator

    What error did you see when you tried to install?

    What image did you write? Why did you format one to fat32?

    You should really run a Nano image if you're going to be booting from a USB flash drive.

    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    What error did you see when you tried to install?

    What image did you write? Why did you format one to fat32?

    You should really run a Nano image if you're going to be booting from a USB flash drive.

    Steve

    Steve, thanks for the speedy reply. Can you tell me what IMAGE I need to install on this 8GB flash drive to be able to install, boot and continually run off of it? I want that to be the ONLY connected storage device.

    Does that make sense? Here's the image I wrote: pfSense-memstick-2.2-RELEASE-i386.img



  • So I downloaded the NanoBSD image with serial+VGA. I wrote the image to the 8GB cruzer disc. I powered the unit down, removed all storage devices except the 8GB cruzer unit. I boot it up. I get to the point where I hit "I" for installer, select quick install and get this error.


  • Netgate Administrator

    With the Nano images there is no install process. The complete bootable image is written to the flash card ready to run. If you're seeing a menu with 'install' as an option you have the wrong image.

    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    With the Nano images there is no install process. The complete bootable image is written to the flash card ready to run. If you're seeing a menu with 'install' as an option you have the wrong image.

    Steve

    Stephen, you were correct. I wasn't properly writing the right image to the disc. I got it up and running. I feel a little foolish, but oh well.

    Thanks very much!


  • Netgate Administrator

    No worries, we've all done it.  ;)

    Steve


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