Also, the OS is based on the robust OpenZFS filesystem, which allows you to access advanced features, such as data integrity, redundancy, early detection of faulty drive, and much more. In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to install FreeNAS version 11.2 or higher on a device using USB, Solid-State Drive (SSD), or Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to share files and media across your home or work network. Actually, the installation process of FreeNAS is simple, you only need compatible hardware and a USB bootable media with the installation files. (After the installation, you can use these instructions to share a folder with Windows 10 devices.)

FreeNAS hardware requirements How to download FreeNAS ISO file How to create FreeNAS USB bootable media How to install FreeNAS on USB, SSD, HDD

FreeNAS hardware requirements

FreeNAS is a light-weight solution based on the FreeBSD version of Linux that can run virtually on any computer or server, but they most meet the minimum requirements. Usually, when using this NAS OS, you want to have around 1GB of RAM for each terabyte of storage. However, after 64GB of memory, the performance increase after adding more memory will be minimal.

How to download FreeNAS ISO file

Use these steps to download the ISO file with the latest version of FreeNAS: After you complete the steps, you can use Rufus to create a USB bootable media. Download latest version of FreeNAS

How to create FreeNAS USB bootable media

Use these steps to create a USB bootable media to install FreeNAS 11.2: Once you complete the steps, before you start your device with the tool, you need to make sure that your device can boot from USB. Rufus app to create FreeNAS USB boot drive Usually, you’ll need to access your device Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) or Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) hitting one of the functions key (F1, F2, F3, F10, or F12), the ESC, or the Delete key during boot. Inside the first, look for the Boot section and make sure the boot order is set to the drive that contains the FreeNAS installation files, and save the configuration. The BIOS/UEFI can be different depending on the manufacturer and even per computer model, as such make sure to check your manufacturer support website for more specific instructions.

How to install FreeNAS on USB, SSD, HDD

To install FreeNAS on a USB, SSD, or HDD, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, FreeNAS will start, and the “Console setup” will appear with options to manage the server using Linux commands and the TCP/IP address to manage the server using a friendly interface with any modern browser. Boot FreeNAS installer option FreeNAS console setup FreeNAS choose OS installation location FreeNAS installation confirmation FreeNAS root password set up FreeNAS install boot mode FreeNAS installation complete To connect to the FreeNAS web interface, type the IP address of the server on your browser, and login using root as the username and type the password you selected during the installation. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.