Pfsense booting problem



  • First of all, I am very pleased to join in this forum.
    I am a newbie on pfsense.

    I successfully installed pfsense, and for a purpose I cloning the fresh pfsense drive using Acronis to another drive (because it is very frequent power failure in my area that caused broken drive), and the cloning process runs smoothly and succeeds without error. But when I want to tries this clones, when it boot after bios logo appears (#) symbol so many time keep increasing and unstoppable, I have to press F1 to start pfsense on every boot, while in normal condition on original drive, i just need press F1 at 1st boot, after that it will automatically boot.


    Normal boot on first drive


    boot on cloning drive, i still can press F1 to start pfsense but i have to do it everytime.

    Please help me solve this problem, and i am sorry for my bad english.

    Thank you.


  • Galactic Empire

    Don't do cloning, it's not supported really. Just do a config backup and then clean installation after which you restore the config file.


  • Banned

    @newbinet:

    cloning the fresh pfsense drive using Acronis to another drive

    :o :o :o ::) ::) ::)



  • @ivor:

    Don't do cloning, it's not supported really. Just do a config backup and then clean installation after which you restore the config file.

    thank you so much, i will do a clean install on new drive.
    if i do a config backup whether it will make backup for everything including squid setting. etc.?

    @doktornotor:

    @newbinet:

    cloning the fresh pfsense drive using Acronis to another drive

    :o :o :o ::) ::) ::)

    I am sorry i am just a newbie, i clone pfsense for backup if my drive broken because of frequent power outages, so dont need to install and configure a new one. :)


  • Galactic Empire

    No worries. In general, pfSense doesn't like cloning so avoid it. Note, config from let's say 2.2.2 is still compatible with 2.2.4 (or any other version) so you don't need to worry about which version of pfSense you use. Always download the latest one ;)



  • @ivor:

    No worries. In general, pfSense doesn't like cloning so avoid it. Note, config from let's say 2.2.2 is still compatible with 2.2.4 (or any other version) so you don't need to worry about which version of pfSense you use. Always download the latest one ;)

    thanks for you response, if i do a config backup whether it will make backup for everything including squid.? or i need to set the package again 1 by 1?


  • Galactic Empire

    Sure, it backs up everything. So when you restore the config upon reboot it will install the package.


  • Banned

    You should have rather backed up your computer before installing the Acronis POS. Dead serious about it.



  • @ivor:

    Sure, it backs up everything. So when you restore the config upon reboot it will install the package.

    Thank you, i already install fresh pfsense on 2 new hard drive for backup pusrpose. :)

    @doktornotor:

    You should have rather backed up your computer before installing the Acronis POS. Dead serious about it.

    I don't know about that, thank you i really appreciate it.


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