How to install FreeBSD to USB-HDD?

Erich Dollansky erichsfreebsdlist at
Tue Jan 21 04:36:31 UTC 2014


On Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:30:18 +0800
moogle <willardmoogle at> wrote:

> Hi:
>    I am new to FreeBSD. For working, I have to use Windows OS, and I
> konw FreeBSD is very strong, so I want to install FrssBSD to my
> USB-HDD(because the notebook is belong to my Company). I have read
> the official document, and research for 3 weeks. I have failed to
> finished it. Waiting for your help.

this is not a problem at all. If you have a notebook with just one
internal hard disk and no other USB media attached, /dev/da0 should be
the external USB hard disk.

But it will be different when you boot the FreeBSD installer from a USB
media like thumb drive or other hard disks.

After the installation program is up, you can connect your USB hard
disk and it will become /dev/da1.

I think the best way to continue is to tell us what choices the
installer gives.

Just never install FreeBSD on /dev/ada0 or /dev/ad0. This would wipe
out your Windows. I would like this but your company will not. So, be
really careful here.


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