Help with installing a second OS

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  1. pf12351

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    Hey guys, I am trying to install FreeBSD onto my PC, but the ISO is 2.40 GB. I haven't got any discs that big, but I do have a 1 TB brand new WD external HDD with nothing but the factory files on it. I put the ISO on there, and tried to launch it in the boot menu, and it is saying it is not a proper boot device. What am I doing wrong? How can I make this work?

    Motherboard: Asrock Extreme9

    Thank you, pf12351
     
  2. BlueScreen

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    You can't just throw a disc image in a drive and boot from that. You need to burn the image. I have never installed an OS from a hard drive (always used a USB drive or DVD), but it should work just fine. I have never installed FreeBSD, so not sure how to create a bootable install disk, just google "freebsd install disk".
     
  3. pf12351

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    The install disc search came up with nothing useful, how do you do it from a USB drive?
     
  4. Funky7Monkey

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    Same way you would do with any other bootable medium. Just mount the ISO (Win8 and later has the software built in, earlier versions of Windows need third-party software to mount ISOs, you can get it for free) onto the USB drive and, from the BIOS, boot from the USB drive.
     
  5. SixSixSevenSeven

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    The windows 8 ISO mounting is something entirely unlrelated to whats required here.

    Here a tool is required to burn the ISO onto USB or other external medium (pendrivelinux I use and I think supports BSD). Windows 8 does not support ISO burning.

    ISO mounting, that only mounts the ISO as a virtual disk drive which will not persist through a reboot, the BIOS wont see the damn thing.
     
  6. pf12351

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    Exactly what 6677 said, so what do I put on the USB? The ISO alone, or, do I have to mount it onto the usb?
     
  7. SixSixSevenSeven

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    It said in the post. Burn/image the ISO onto the usb, which does not mean drag and drop it onto the usb.
     
  8. DWPro

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    This is a stupid method, but it worked for me when I installed Windows 7 on my PC:
    Open up the .iso in WinRAR or 7Zip and copy the files inside it, then paste it on the USB, and it would probably work.
     
  9. amon_igre

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  10. Nadeox1

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    ^Yep Rufus.

    You can create a 2.5GB partition on your HDD, then use Rufus to create a bootable device on that partition. It's pretty easy to use.
     
  11. pf12351

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    Okay, I will try Rufus.
     
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