FreeBSD, GhostBSD, MidnightBSD & pfSense

How to add FreeBSD memstick payloads and pfSense memstick payloads to E2B.

Versions 9 and 10 of FreeBSD will not boot as an ISO, but the 1.63 version of Easy2Boot and a new MPI Tool Pack v0.044 or later supports FreeBSD 9 and 10 'memstick' images. For GhostBSD, download the .img files and not the .iso files. For MidnightBSD, use the 'memstick' download.

   GhostBSD4.0 Desktop

The procedure is to use the MakePartImage process, but as the FreeBSD memstick.img files are already in the correct format for a FreeBSD partition, the .img files don't actually need converting or modifying!:

1. Create a new empty folder on the Windows Desktop (or anywhere else).

2. Drag-and-drop the empty folder onto the MPI_FAT32 MPI Desktop shortcut to make a 30MB (or as small as possible - e.g. 10MB) partition image with no payload. If prompted for a target file, use a filename with either a .imgPTN or .imgPTNA5 file extension - e.g. FreeBSD_10_1.imgPTN or FreeBSD_10_1.imgPTNA5.

Do NOT use a filename that has any dots in it because it will also appear in the E2B Menu - e.g.  FreeBSD10.1.imgPTNA5 would not be a good name because the 'FreeBSD10.1' file (see below) would also be visible in the menu!

3. Copy the new .imgPTN file to a menu folder (e.g. \_ISO\LINUX, a 2nd level folder - NOT \_ISO\LINUX\MNU.

4. Copy your FreeBSD memstick .img file to the same folder that the .imgPTN file is in and rename it to match the name of the .imgPTN file - e.g.

FreeBSD_10_1.imgPTN     (10-30MB)
FreeBSD_10_1                  (NO FILE EXTENSION OR DOTS - e.g. 700MB memstick.img file renamed to match with no file extension)

Tip: Download the .xyz (compressed) non-UEFI version, e.g. FreeBSD-10.1-RELEASE-i386-memstick.img.xz and then unzip it to obtain the .img file. The .xyz files are smaller than the .img files.

5. Make all files contiguous on the drive.

Grub4dos can access the files on a FreeBSD type A5 partition just fine as it understands the FreeBSD volume format.

To add more FreeBSD versions to the E2B USB drive, just copy and rename the .imgPTN file (or make a fresh one) and then rename the new FreeBSD memstick .img file to match it.

Note that only 'memstick' images will work. Luckily, GhostBSD .img files are in the memstick format.

For installing/upgrading OpenBSD - see karl's blog. For installxx.iso OpenBSD, see this blog post.


FreeBSD 11 x64

The .img file format has changed for FreeBSD11. We can UEFI-boot however (or MBR-boot using Clover) as follows:

  1. Use 7Zip GUI to open the memstick.img file
  2. Extract the .ufs file as a single large file directly to your E2B USB drive - e.g. \_ISO\LINUX\.ufs
  3. Rename \_ISO\LINUX\.ufs to \_ISO\LINUX\FreeBSD11
  4. Double-click on EFI System image in 7Zip to open it
  5. Extract the whole EFI folder into a new FreeBSD11 folder on desktop - e.g. we get (desktop)\FreeBSD11\EFI\BOOT\BOOTX64.EFI
  6. Create .imgPTN file from the FreeBSD11 folder on the Desktop
  7. Copy the FreeBSD11.imgPTN file to \_ISO\LINUX on your E2B USB drive
  8. Make all files contiguous
  9. Switch to the FreeBSD11.imgPTN file using the E2B menu (do not use SWITCH_E2B.exe)
Note: If you wish to use SWITCH_E2B.exe to select the FreeBSD11.imgPTN file, you must then modify the \menu.lst file inside the .imgPTN and add the line
parttype (hd0,2) 0xa5
to the start of the \menu.lst file


Use the 'Clover 64-bit UEFI Boot Menu' option or directly UEFI-boot from the E2B drive.