Writing an IMG File to Flash media

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To write the USB IMG file to a flash card or USB pen drive you can use the dd command from a BSD or Linux command system. On a FreeBSD system, this command will write the image to the first plugged in USB device:

dd if=<path_to/img_file.img> of=/dev/da0 bs=5k

The device name will be different on a Linux system. To determine your device name:


To burn the image on a Windows system, you can use the physdiskwrite graphical utility.

NOTE: The USB images are FreeBSD-UFS formatted, and will not show up as a viewable file-system under Windows.