FreeBSD USB Install

Brian McCann bjmccann at
Thu Jan 8 11:34:40 PST 2009

On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 9:34 AM, Matthias Apitz <guru at> wrote:
> El día Wednesday, January 07, 2009 a las 03:17:02PM +0100, Polytropon escribió:
>> I could only suggest to eliminate all slices and partitions on the
>> thumb drive (such as it was a new "disk" right from the factory)
>> and let sysinstall put slice and partitions onto it.
> The problem is that 'from the factory' sometimnes they come already Windows-like
> formated; I've wiped out all with:
> # dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/da0 bs=1m
> (double check that /dev/da0 is really the device you want to clean)
>        matthias
> I zero'd out two different thumb drives (one 1gb stick,
another a 4gb stick...not that it matters)...and both of them failed
in the same way.  I boot the machine with nothing but the CD-Rom drive
and the USB stick.  No fancy options or anything in the install
process...just create one slice that takes up the whole drive, then
one parition (da0s1a) mounted as "/"...about as basic as you can get.

Any other thoughts?  I don't understand why this wouldn't's
just another drive...

Thanks for all the input!

Brian McCann

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