Possible (or smart) to put freebsd-boot on USB stick for root-on-ZFS?

Erich Dollansky erichsfreebsdlist at alogt.com
Wed Mar 25 01:41:30 UTC 2015


On Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:09:44 +1100
Jason Birch <jbirch at jbirch.net> wrote:
> I'll only be mirroring two SSDs on 10.1, but it made me consider the
> possibility of having the freebsd-boot partition on a USB stick rather
> than on each drive itself for basically the following reason:
> Should an SSD die, I'd need to say "boot from this other device" to
> get my system back up and running, do the original partitioning magic

I install since some time on all media a bootable FreeBSD system. Of
course, the space is mostly wasted but when the time comes ...

This concept has another advantage. I can start new hardware
immediately, mount the source via NFS and do then an install from the

At the end, having the system on every media gives you more flexibility.


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