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FreeNAS partition OS/boot disk

FreeBaGeL 1,895 277 May 15, 2010 at 02:01 PM
I recently set up my server in FreeNAS. I have 5x2tb hard drives set up in Raid-5 for 8tb of storage.

However, my boot drive is also a 750gb drive. It seems silly to use that entire 750gb drive as a boot drive when the FreeNAS OS only takes up around 128mb (well, I set mine to 256mb), but when I try to format the rest of the disk it says I can't format the OS drive.

Is there a way, in FreeNAS, to partition the disk so that I can use the rest of the disk for data?
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I recently set up my server in FreeNAS. I have 5x2tb hard drives set up in Raid-5 for 8tb of storage.

However, my boot drive is also a 750gb drive. It seems silly to use that entire 750gb drive as a boot drive when the FreeNAS OS only takes up around 128mb (well, I set mine to 256mb), but when I try to format the rest of the disk it says I can't format the OS drive.

Is there a way, in FreeNAS, to partition the disk so that I can use the rest of the disk for data?
ha ha, ran into the same issue. That partition cannot be formatted because your system wouldn't boot. The partition is already formated, just mount it.

File System: UFS
Partition Type: MBR
Partition Number: 2

Once you mount it create a share folder on it and you're off.
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Cool, that worked, thanks.

So can I not mount it as GPT? When I tried that it said wrong partition type or number, but when I did it with MBR it worked.
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Cool, that worked, thanks.

So can I not mount it as GPT? When I tried that it said wrong partition type or number, but when I did it with MBR it worked.
Correct! I don't know why it isn't using GPT, I just went by what was on the FreeNAS forum. Ideally you could just get a 20GB hard drive or even a compact flash card or compact flash card with a hard drive and use it with an IDE or SATA adaptor to be your boot drive. I am sure there is some way around the limitation, but you'd have to check the FreeNAS forums. If it bothers you that much you could always try openfiler, not too much experience with it but I hear it's good, or try to roll your own using ubuntu, which obviously would be considerably more difficult.
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