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Installing from USB drive in Windows- UPDATED
« on: October 03, 2011, 12:17:45 am »
Using a guide at ubuntu.com

Windows 7
  • Download the desired memstick .img file such as pfSense-memstick-2.0-RELEASE-i386.img.gz
  • Decompress memstick .img.gz file to .img file (7-Zip can achieve this)
  • Download Disk Imager from https://launchpad.net/win32-image-writer/+download
  • Insert your flash media
  • Note the drive letter assigned to your flash media
  • Start Disk Imager as Administrator
  • Select the downloaded file and target device, and click "Write"
  • Remove your flash media when the operation is complete

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« Last Edit: November 07, 2011, 04:40:07 pm by tommyboy180 »
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Re: Installing from USB drive in Windows- UPDATED
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2011, 10:09:09 am »
Thanks!

confirmed working

this is by far the easiest and cleanest method :D

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Re: Installing from USB drive in Windows- UPDATED
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2011, 10:35:35 am »
Working like a charm here as well with pfSense-memstick-2.0-RC3-i386-20110621-1650.img

I'd prefer to use this method over the CLI physdiskwrite method anytime, thanks!

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Re: Installing from USB drive in Windows- UPDATED
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2011, 02:07:49 pm »
It works much quicker too!

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Re: Installing from USB drive in Windows- UPDATED
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2011, 03:47:14 pm »
You might want to mention that you should decompress the .img.gz first so it's just an .img file - That's one advantage that physdiskwrite has, it can write from a compressed image. Last I tried it, which has been a while, Win32 Disk Imager didn't support that. (But it's superior in just about every other way)
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Re: Installing from USB drive in Windows- UPDATED
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2011, 04:09:00 pm »
Updated! Thank you.
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Re: Installing from USB drive in Windows- UPDATED
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2011, 04:12:33 pm »
7-Zip is small, fast, and Free. No need for WinRAR :-)

http://www.7-zip.org/
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Re: Installing from USB drive in Windows- UPDATED
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2011, 01:41:17 pm »
Anyone else notice it bricking their flash drives?  After I'm finished I cant get Windows to reformat it so that I can use it again.

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Re: Installing from USB drive in Windows- UPDATED
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2011, 02:21:05 pm »
Anyone else notice it bricking their flash drives?  After I'm finished I cant get Windows to reformat it so that I can use it again.

Your flash drive isn't bricked. It just needs to have the partions removed. Unfortunatly, Windows isn't much help in the GUI. You can command line remove the partitions in windows or use parted/Gparted in a linux Distro.
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Re: Installing from USB drive in Windows- UPDATED
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2011, 03:09:50 pm »
In case you are wondering how on Windows:

cmd -> diskpart -> list disk -> select disk #yourflashdrive -> clean

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Re: Installing from USB drive in Windows- UPDATED
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2011, 05:04:56 pm »
Thanks, that works.

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Re: Installing from USB drive in Windows- UPDATED
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2011, 05:32:37 am »
 ;D

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Re: Installing from USB drive in Windows- UPDATED
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2011, 08:20:06 pm »
This worked using the 2.1 image from jimp also. You can find it here:
http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,43238.0.html

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Re: Installing from USB drive in Windows- UPDATED
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2012, 06:27:48 am »
In case you are wondering how on Windows:

cmd -> diskpart -> list disk -> select disk #yourflashdrive -> clean
by GUI
Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Computer Management->Disk Management..
find the USB stick drive listed, usually by the bottom of the list. Click on existing partition, right mouse click and select "delete.." from menu.. then create new partition by right clicking on raw drive volume and selecting "New Simple Volume"..