Create a NAS4Free Bootable USB Drive in Windows

NAS4Free is a continuation of the FreeNAS 7 project, while FreeNAS 8 is based on nanoBSD NAS4Free is based on FreeBSD 9. You will notice that NAS4Free retains the FreeNAS 7 web interface and general feel.

Requirements:

Take Note:

  • USB boot can be slight slower, compared to a hard drive
  • You will need at least a 512MB USB drive
  • NAS4Free is available in x86 and x64 architectures, pick according to what is supported by your hardware

Download NAS4Free

Download the .img version if you want to boot NAS4Free from a USB drive or any other flash media. NAS4Free-x86-embedded-9.1.0.1.262.img, as the name suggest this is the embedded version. Visit http://sourceforge.net/projects/nas4free/files/ and browse until you find the latest version. NAS4Free Now that we have the file we first need to decompress it, otherwise we won’t be able to create a bootable drive. To decompress the file you will need a third party utility like 7-Zip. NAS4Free This is the resulting file, now rename the file by adding the .img extension. NAS4Free Start Win32 Disk Imager and click on the folder icon, now browse to the location where the file we just renamed resides. NAS4Free From the device list select the USB drive you wish to write the image to and click on the Write button to start the operation. NAS4Free Make sure you selected the right drive since this operation will overwrite the contents of the selected drive. Click on Yes to continue. NAS4Free Progress. NAS4Free The operation encountered no problems, this means the USB drive is now bootable. NAS4Free You can now exit the application. NAS4Free Now you have to make sure the BIOS supports booting from removable media NAS4Free The installation will be loaded into RAM. NAS4Free This the NAS4Free console and the default IP address for the web interface is 192.168.1.250. NAS4Free From a web browser try to access http://192.168.1.250, you should see an interface similar to the one in the picture below. Congratulations on your NAS4Free installation. NAS4Free

Conclusion

There could not be a better continuation of the FreeNAS 7 project, I am sure NAS4Free will find its place. Home page: www.nas4free.org