I am looking for a tool that can make a FreeBSD bootable USB flash drive.

Unfortunately YUMI doesn't have this option.

I prefer a free sofware working in Windows, but Linux and paid solution can also be my 2nd option.

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    If UNetBootin does not what you need you might want to check out rufus.akeo.ie
    – Marged
    Feb 14 '16 at 22:38
  • I suggest to add rufus as an answer, it can be useful for others.
    – Woeitg
    Feb 15 '16 at 8:44
  • Are you talking about a specific version of FreeBSD ?
    – Marged
    Feb 15 '16 at 10:03
  • I just like to install latest version, which is 10.2 at the moment
    – Woeitg
    Feb 15 '16 at 10:07
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    netbootxyz might be a candidate. I've personally booted archLinux on it before.
    – saterHater
    Feb 17 '16 at 22:05

Try UNetbootin.

UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions without burning a CD.

It runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It's licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 2 or above, the source code can be found on GitHub.

Here's a screenshot of the program taken from its website:

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As you can see, FreeBSD appears in the list of the available distributions.

  • The main problem I have with this program is that it doesnt recognize my external hard disk (1 TB).I format the external hard disk to FAT32 with Gparted but still it doesnt recognize it. I tried the same procedure in windows with different programs without any success. Now I am searching to find a solution for it.
    – Woeitg
    Feb 15 '16 at 8:53
  • Are you searching a solution for a flash drive or a hard disk ? Your title states the first, your comment the latter.
    – Marged
    Feb 15 '16 at 11:08
  • I want to install it on my hard disk using 1 TB external hard disk
    – Woeitg
    Feb 15 '16 at 11:45
  • Unetbootin seems like such a fake program and never worked for me.
    – onurcano
    Jul 6 '18 at 16:20

You might want to give Rufus a try.

It is reported to support FreeBSD and it has (like UnetBootIn) an option which not only lists USB sticks but external hard disks too:

Rufus with advanced options

  • Do you know which one is the currect version to use? ISO or memstick(dd)
    – Woeitg
    Feb 15 '16 at 11:43
  • If I use memstick version,it it created bootable stick. after booting with stick, my pc tries to lard Freebds installer but I receive and error: can't load kernel
    – Woeitg
    Feb 15 '16 at 11:51
  • If I use iso version, I receive an error : This image is either non-bootable, or it uses a boot or compression method that is not supported by Rufus...
    – Woeitg
    Feb 15 '16 at 11:53
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    I used the i386 memdisk and transferred it to stick with dd method. Then I was able to boot beyond kernel but it failed later on with a different error message. I assume that rufus does not fully support FreeBSD.
    – Marged
    Feb 15 '16 at 12:38

I was in the same situation some time ago and found only 2 solutions, one for Windows one for Linux (Etcher supports 3 major platforms though, I tried only on Linux):

Rufus and Etcher


Flash OS images to SD cards & USB drives, safely and easily.

Etcher is a powerful OS image flasher built with web technologies to ensure flashing an SDCard or USB drive is a pleasant and safe experience. It protects you from accidentally writing to your hard-drives, ensures every byte of data was written correctly and much more.

Source: Etcher Github repository

Etcher homepage: Homepage of Etcher bootable USB creator

Etcher screenshot with animated gif


From Rufus homepage

Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.

It can be especially useful for cases where:

  • you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)

  • you need to work on a system that doesn't have an OS installed

  • you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS

  • you want to run a low-level utility

Rufus bootable USB creator screenshot

I like Etcher very much maybe because it was hard for me to find something which does the job in Linux, maybe because of its nice interface. Hope this helps.

EDIT: Unetbootin and the others have never worked for me.

EDIT 2: I just saw you're trying to install from external hdd. Then you might try LILI or Universal USB Installer, as mentioned at this page.

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